A few years back, the very idea of a food market in Cyprus was a rather alien one; with locals not really accustomed to the idea of picking treats from stalls and standing around to enjoy a bite in a festival-like atmosphere.
Fast forward to the present day, and there’s one occasion that has certainly changed the former status quo. Going by the name of Fork Food Market, the event is one that fast became more popular than anyone could have possibly anticipated.
Started off by former student, Andreas Pyrishis, along with one of his friends last summer, the event that first came to life in Aglandjia was so very popular that it took everyone by surprise. “When my brother first told us he wanted to start up a food market, we were all very cautious about it,” admits his sister, Christiana. “We didn’t really think that Cypriots would like such a thing. But the first event was more packed than anyone would have expected.”
Now a real family affair, Christiana has joined Andreas on the organising team, along with their sister, Katerina, and mum, Maria. Now enjoying its second year of success, the past few months has witnessed countless hungry crowds gravitating towards various hot spots in the capital to get their foodie fix. Love burgers? You’re sorted. More partial to healthy nibbles? You won’t be disappointed. Want a sweet treat? You’ll be left drooling!
“Basically, it’s all my mums fault!” Christiana chuckles. “We’ve got two big cupboards full of recipe books in the house, we’re really big on good food!”
With the Fork team now preparing for the final foodie market before the August lull and four week break, all the action will be taking place this Friday at Spyros Kyprianou Park in Aglantjia. As per usual, crowds can expect food served up from 7pm until 11pm, while ice cold beers and music by DJ Claudio will be keeping spirits high until midnight.
So what food can you look forward to indulging in this Friday? Here’s your handy guide!
Takes 2 Cooks
Maria Pyrishis runs the show with two stalls (both savoury and sweet), with her dreamy delights giving healthy food a whole new twist. Big on nutritious grub, she has previously driven crowds wild with her beetroot burgers served with tzatziki and lettuce on homemade bread made with spelt flour. This time round, the savoury menu includes raw zucchini pasta with basil pesto, and brand new baked pistachio falafel in cabbage leaves.
Got a sweet tooth? You’ll be in for an absolute treat. Their vanilla ice-cream is to die for, while the health conscious among you will love their ice cream popsicles sans any added sugar, available in both chocolate and strawberry flavours. Then there’s the chocolate vegan brownie with cinnamon and orange. And if you’re feeling very naughty, go for their Eton mess: a dreamy mix of meringue with vanilla ice-cream and strawberries.
Road Buns – Fork Burger
If there’s one queue where you might have to wait a while to get your foodie fix, it’s bound to be this one! A firm favourite at each and every Fork Food Market, it’s the event’s signature burger that hungry crowds just can’t seem to get enough of. Enjoy it with either homemade ketchup, onion marmalade or chilli tomato jam and then load some cheese, bacon, tomato and lettuce over the top. And let’s not even get started on the hand cut French fries. Seriously divine!
Mary’s Kitchen – Homecooked Food and Desserts
Having set up her own catering service, Mary is super passionate about cooking up a storm in the kitchen. At Fork Food Market, it’s her Tex-mex soft tacos that step into the limelight, with the option of the either barbecued chicken or barbecued pork. And the meat is topped off with three salads, homemade sour cream and nachos.
The Civil Engineer- ‘Modern Souvlaki’
The stall of this civil engineer turned cook going by the name of Marios is where you need to be if you’re a fan of a real meaty treat with a twist. Likened to a modern version of souvlaki, he dishes up marinated pork belly, cooked in a wood fire oven and served in Cypriot pitta bread with demi-glace and crunchy salad. Don’t say we didn’t warn you if you go back for seconds!
Aglio Olio e Peperoncino by Lucia Grasso
An Italian lady who has been living in Cyprus for years, Lucia keeps busy cooking up dishes that bring a taste of Italy to life in Cyprus. At the Fork Festival, crowds make a beeline to her stall for her authentic Italian pizzas, whether you want to keep things simple with a Margherita (tomato sauce and cheese), crave something saucy and spicy with a Piccante (spicy sauce, cheese and spicy salami) or want to indulge in a real mix of flavours with a Colorata (tomato sauce, cheese, ham, mushrooms, black olives, corn and coloured peppers).
Check out the link to the event on facebook here.
For more information tel: (+357) 99-557777.
This Friday’s event at Spyros Kyprianou Park in Aglantjia marks the last Fork Food Market before the summer holidays, up and running again throughout September.
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