Πέμπτη, 24 Ιανουαρίου 2013

2013 Year of Gastronomy in Santorini


The municipality of Thira -official name of the island of Santorini - has declared 2013 as the "Year of Gastronomy." The island owes its international fame primarily to its unique volcanic landscapes, archaeological sites and distinct architecture.

The authorities have now embarked on an effort to further promote local products already famous and appreciated in Greece and abroad, such as wine, cherry tomatoes, yellow split peas called fava in Greece- and capers. An event for the presentation of the initiative was held at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on January 16.

It was attended by Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni, Rural Development and Food Minister Athanasios Tsaftaris, officials, and academics.

The mayor of Thira, Nikolaos Zorzos, called on all institutions involved in the project to contribute with ideas and actions. He also announced that every cultural event organised by the municipality will revolve around this central theme.

Addressing the event, Kefalogianni referred to the promotion of Greek gastronomy as one of the ministry's immediate priorities in its effort to add to the tourism product and extend the tourist season in Greece. The official inauguration of Santorini’s Year of Gastronomy will be held at the Bellonio Culrural Foundation in Fira on February 3.

Vimeo: 2013 Year of Gastronomy in Santorini; Greek News Agenda: Santorini’s Fava & More & Food That’s Worth a Little Political Turmoil, Santorini: World’s Best Island & Cheers: Raise a Glass to Greek Wines.

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