Every year, towards the end of the grape harvesting season, village folk in the winegrowing areas of the island congregate over hot stoves to mix a concoction known as Palouze. Best described as a jelly-like blancmange, it is delicious when served warm, and is famed as one of the island’s most well-known grape products.
A whole host of villages outside Limassol winding up towards Troodos celebrate the event, and this year, the lovely mountain village of Foini (44 km northwest of Limassol) will see village traditions come to life in a festival – taking place this Sunday – to include a sampling of warm freshly made Palouze and cooking demonstrations by the villagers of the area. A good bit of rose water, mastic and crushed nuts have been added to the mix, lending a truly unique taste to this Cyprus delight. Expect generous servings of Palouze and plenty of vino for good measure.
Foini village itself is a great place to explore, steeped in interesting history and culture and surrounded by lush green pine-covered mountains. Known for its pottery and traditional furniture, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with all things traditional at the Pilavakion Museum which houses a wide range of folkloric artwork. You can also pop into the village pottery workshops. And do be sure to get hold of a box of Phiniotika Loukoumia before you head back home – the traditional Cyprus delight made with a special village twist.
Where and when? September 27th. Foini village, Limassol. 11.30am.