After local delicacies at their very best? Want to get better acquainted with village traditions? There’s nowhere better to head to than the quaint villages of the island, with vibrant festivals coming to life throughout September. Here are some great events outlined by My Cyprus Insider that are worth a visit.
1. Pastry and Baking Goods Festival, Galata
Panoramic views abound in this village deep in the Solea Valley, as fresh air and vivid greenery provide a welcome escape from the routine of daily life. And the village folk here really love to show off their bread making skills, so much so that every year, the women of the area congregate to give crowds and visitors a real treat with their creations as people from near and far descend on the area for a real taste of tradition.
With the focus on all things dough related, it’s worth noting that Galata was once well known for its many flour mills, and this year’s festival will see a number of activities excite visitors, given the chance to watch traditional Cypriot bread being made in a traditional oven, along with a variety of other traditional baked goods.
Then there will also be an exhibition of traditional products for you to ogle at, while you’ll get to sample all sorts of traditional delicacies. The festival will even include a demonstration of traditional professions, an old photo exhibition, and plenty of folk dance and music. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the Folk Art Museum and Byzantine Churches of the community will remain open to the public.
Where and when? Galata Village Square, Solea Valley, Troodos. September 9th.
2. Grape Festivals, Troodos winegrowing villages
When you’ve got a little free time on your hands, there really is nothing better than a scenic drive through the wine-growing villages of the Troodos Mountains, where sun-kissed hills blanketed in rambling vines tell tales of a country with a rich winemaking history that dates back centuries. And the landscape isn’t just about natural splendours, punctuated with gorgeous stone-built villages that defy the hands of time, each with their own unique character, history, and culture.
Throughout September and October, various wine villages become a focal point with a number of vibrant and rather buzzing events dedicated to wine and its products. You can soon witness Arsos and Koilani become the focus of attention with festivals that will tantalize your taste buds, with all sorts of grape delicacies including Palouzes (grape jelly) and Shoushouko (nuts on a string dipped in palouze and left to set). Then they’ll also be competitions, wine tasting, and all sorts of entertainment shows (including folk music, theatre productions, and revival of old traditional customs).
Where and when? Arsos: September 30th & in Koilani: October 7th. Tel: +357 25-421020/+357 99-352547
3. Pastelli festival, Anogira
The village of Anogira – located in the hills half way between Limassol and Paphos – is well-known for its glorious carobs, picked from the trees between August and November. And locals are famed for making delicious ‘pastelli’ (carob toffee) and ‘teratsomelo’ (carob honey), made from carob juice on an open fire in the same way that it has been for years.
On September 8th, you can look forward to a fun carob festival held in the village to celebrate the harvest, featuring pastelli making demonstrations, traditional dances, music, food, wine and other local delicacies. Enjoy!
Where and when? Anoyira village, September 8th. Limassol district.
4. Orange Festival, Miliou Village
Are you a fan of all thing tantalizingly tangy? Then head down to the bucolic Paphos village of Miliou where you’ll get the chance to indulge in about every orange product imaginable, from liqueur and beer (yes, that’s right!), to marmalade and juice. With plenty of music and dancing in the mix, you can spend a few hours in the village before making the most of the gorgeous countryside that leads all the way down to the Polis seaside strip.
Where and when? Miliou village central square, Paphos district. September 8th.