Want to celebrate the culture of the island in true village fashion? Then the autumn has some great things in store for you, with a few festivals characterized by heaps of sweet delights and plenty of merriment!
1. Apple Festival, Kyperounta
On October 12th – 13th, make your way to the village of Kyperounta where an apple festival will be bringing the place to life with celebrations paying homage to the various varieties of apples grown in Cyprus. Not only will you be able to try all sorts of produce on the spot in an open-air market, but you can also take plenty of goodies home with you, including fresh apple juice and apple cider vinegar.
There will also be seminars taking place about the health benefits of apples and more, as well as plenty of entertainment. What’s more, you can set your sights on an apple photography exhibition, as well as traditional and contemporary tools used in the cultivation of apples.
Where and when? Kyperounta Square, Limassol district. October 13th- 14th. 11am – 8pm.
2. Tomato and Traditional Produce Festival, Farmakas
It’s not often that you get to visit a festival dedicated to juicy tomatoes! But at the end of October, the sleepy village of Farmakas is about to give crowds the chance to enjoy an alternative celebration dedicated to the antioxidant-rich produce, as well as a whole range of other treats produced in the area.
Not just about tomato indulgences, you can also enjoy plenty of demonstrations, including the production of local soujoujouko, palouze, halloumi and trahanas. Zivania production and distillation will also be taking place on the festival grounds, while local folk will be making tomato-based dishes and treats.
Where and when? Farmakas village centre, Nicosia district. October 27th. 10am- 5pm.
3. Zivania Festival, Alona and Pelendri villages
As the weather cools down substantially in November, nothing beats heading down to the annual Zivania festival – an event that’s bound to seriously warm you up on the inside as you sip on the local so-called ‘firewater’. Set to take place both in Alona and Pelendri village squares, locals love to give guests a taste of their village produce, while providing a glimpse of how it’s made.
Not for the faint-hearted, this local ‘firewater’ is a potent distillation of the leftover grape skins and residue (pomace) from winemaking. Mighty strong stuff that locals are really proud of, a few swigs of this tipple will leave you feeling on top of the world. For the brave and the brave at heart, this white spirit contains a whopping 45% alcohol and is usually enjoyed as an ice-cold shot. At the upcoming festivals, you can also enjoy your Zivania with traditional Cypriot music and dancing, while there will also be warm ‘palouze’ (made of grape juice) to try, and lots of traditional products to purchase and enjoy when you get back home.
Where and when? Alona village square – November 3. Pelendri village square – November 10. Exact time TBD.