Rural life in Cyprus is always rather interesting, with each area and district firmly holding onto age-old traditions. And once July kicks in, things get more exciting with countless village folk proudly showcasing their produce, local crafts, dances and other traditions as they host their own festivals.
Here are three food and herb festivals that the My Cyprus Insider team think that you’ll enjoy this July`!
1. Lavender Festival, Platres Cultural Centre
Every year, nature lovers, guest speakers, producers and entrepreneurs from across Cyprus come together in honour of the mighty lavender plant which grows in abundance in the gorgeous Cypriot countryside.
Head up to the island’s highest heights and visit the Platres Cultural Centre where you can expect lectures on the healing properties of the herb, workshops surrounding lavender distillation, tastings, children’s lavender activities and more. Expect 25 exhibitors from across the island, topped off by guided walks through lavender plantations around Platres.
When? July 7 – 8. Platres Cultural Centre, Troodos district. Tel: (+357) 99-427980
2. 6th Pancyprian Potato Festival, Avgorou
Yes, that’s right, even the potato is honoured with its very own festival here in Cyprus! Hosted in the village of Avgorou – famed for its glorious red earth potatoes – head down to a festival where you can nibble on all sorts of tasty treats made with potatoes, with plenty of song and dance in the mix while you give your taste buds a blast.
You’ll also be able to familiarise yourselves with alternative cooking methods and innovative products with the famous potato used as the main ingredient…even soaps and face masks!
When? July 14th. Avgorou Primary School. Famagusta district. Tel: (+357) 99-795105
3. Karpouzi Festival, Frenaros
For the 12th year running, crowds will be gravitating towards Frenaros for one of the sweetest and juiciest festivals of the year, paying tribute to one of the most beloved fruits of the summer: the mighty watermelon!
With the village well known for its excellent watermelons, you’ll not only get to try some glorious sweet treats, but also, kick back to enjoy song and dance. And don’t forget how beneficial watermelons are for your health – loaded with antioxidants and Lycopene.
When? July 13th. Frenaros football field. Famagusta district.