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Cyprus International Food Festival 2017
Food Glorious Food!

I caught up with some of the exhibitors at this year’s International Food Festival which this year was held in Limassol on the cool, breezy seafront Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th of September. Together with my bestie Helen in tow, we slowly made our way around the stalls to taste all that was on offer.

Our first stop was ‘Green Mandala’ where I chatted away with Natalie, she explained that she and her husband Alexis will soon be opening a cafe/restaurant in Nicosia offering Vegan Foods including raw vegan cakes made with chocolate & beetroot!

She handed me a serving of Veg Pad Thai Noodles made with raw zucchini mixed with avocado sauce, cherry tomatoes and hemp seeds on an edible plate made with bran! Fantastically scrumptious! Her raspberry cheesecake was also terribly delightful.

A lovely lady named Olympia introduced herself from the ‘All Organic Market’ this too was filled with Vegan/Organic Foods, a company based in Limassol offering 100% Organic food products as well as baby foods.

They have an abundance of fresh organic fruits & vegetables such as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, kiwis & plums and also my favourite Organic Frozen Shrimps, A must visit for all Vegan & Organic food Lovers!

‘Ancient Grains’ were being promoted and described to me by Florentina from THETA Healthy Eating Cuisine, WOW! Saraghum & Millet were two that she added to her dishes. Millet was added instead of Bulgur Wheat to her Taboulleh Salad, mouth watering or what! A definite no share with Helen on this one!

Another wonderful dish was made with Edamame Beans (Soya Bean), marinated portabella mushrooms, organic olive oil served with bean sprouts, yummy!

I have a weakness for Middle Eastern food. I made my way over to meet Majid & Amar from the Syrian Restaurant based in Limassol. Falafel is one of my all time favourite things to eat, served on freshly baked Syrian bread with a bed of fresh taboulleh salad & tahini sauce. Very tasty of what little Helen had left me.

A very pleasant Italian gentleman named Maurizio, the owner of Da Franco Cucina Italiana was happy to offer me some of his authentic, delizioso Vegetable Risotto . Also, two pasta dishes Rigatoni made of mixed minced meat, peas in tomato sauce, the second consisted of pasta with zucchini, cream and flavoured with mint ‘Mamma Mia’... superb!!

By this time we were thirsty and ready to drink a couple of glasses of delightful, cold fizzy Prosecco with Andrea Rossi from Alla Spina that went down a treat.

On our way out I saw that there was a Children’s Corner too that offered cooking classes...what a great idea, they all looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.

I believe the weekend was a great success for all who participated. I am looking forward to the next gastronomic trip of pleasure next year.

By Tania Anastasi

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