Most of us are familiar with that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” The first printed mention of this saying, albeit in a different version, was in the February 1866 issue of the publication Notes and Queries. And now, years later, research continually indicates just how good apples are for our health, packed with soluble fibre, phytonutrients, vitamin C, flavonoids and much more.
And here in Cyprus, the village folk of Kyperounta are mighty proud of their glorious apples, and it’s little wonder, as the village generates about one third of the national production of apples and pears!
The third highest village in Cyprus, at an altitude of 1130-1300 metres, it’s one of the most well-known villages of the Pitsilia region, with agriculture the main preoccupation of its inhabitants (while apricots, cherries, plums and peaches also keep the village folk busy.) And every October, the traditional leafy village lures in crowds from around the island to celebrate the mighty apple harvest!
What can you enjoy at the Kyperounta Apple Festival this weekend?
This year’s apple festival will come to life on Saturday morning (8/10/2016) with a printmaking workshop at Kyperounta Square from 9.30am to 2pm. An entertainment programme will follow from 3.00pm to 5.30 pm with a musical/theatrical act by the Limassol Folk Group. The day will also see the official opening of the Farmers’ Service Centre.
On Sunday, there will be plenty of music and dance livening things up from 11am, with performances by the Melodic Conservatory of Kyperounda and a folk music and dance programme by the dance group of the Strovolos Municipality. Feeling hungry? You’re in luck, as you can tantalise your taste buds with a tasting competition featuring apple products, while a well-known chef will be presenting the glories of apples.
From 3pm onwards, you can enjoy more folk music and dances, as well as Cypriot poems and songs about apples by students of Kyperounda Primary School. But there will be much more than just song and dance to enjoy; you can listen to a presentation about all the varieties of apples grown in Cyprus, have a look at an apple themed photo exhibition and a traditional and modern farming tools exhibition (all relating to the cultivation and harvesting of apples!).
And there will be plenty to take home with you too, with a market filled with apples, nashi pears and traditional products made from apples. Traditional ‘palouzes’ will also be made on the spot, while there will be much to make you merry with the distillation of Zivania made from apples.
Keep in mind that the young ones can also keep busy in the children’s corner, while the museums and churches of the village will be open throughout the weekend for you to visit! Pop into the 18th century Ayia Marina church and head into the little Natural History museum, Folk Art museum and that of the National Liberation Struggle. Want to head out on a lovely walk? Then put your best foot forward on the ‘Doksa soi o Theos’ and ‘Teisia tis Madaris’ nature trails and make the most of the glorious mountain air.
The Troodos Tourism Board will be offering bus transportation to the venue from both Limassol and Nicosia. Fees for bus transportation: €5 per person
For reservations: Tel: (+357) 25-323211 – CTO Information Office Germasogeia (Limassol) or Tel: (+357) 22-674264 – CTO Information Office Laiki Geitonia (Nicosia). For additional general information: Tel: (+357) 99-352547