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A day for the olive tree

By Maria Gregoriou

If you want to spend Sunday enjoying the fresh air, having a bit to eat and drink, learning about tradition, seeing an exhibition, listening to music and watching some dancing head on down to the annual Olive Tree Day at the Olive Park Oleastro in the village of Anogyra in Limassol.

The olive park will be celebrating what is considered to be the heart of the Mediterranean diet, the olive, and invites everyone to celebrate with them from 10am when the park will open (but the programme starts at 12pm) until 6pm.

You will get to know how to use the olive and its oil while watching a cooking demonstration. Smell the slow cooking of halloumi and olive pie and when they are ready for the bite, get a free taste. Finish off your sampling with a piece of pastel (sesame seed bar), the preparation of which will also be demonstrated.

There will also be an exhibition going through the history of Cypriot cuisine and traditional professions, and games for children and adults.

Lots of dancing with Cypriot and Greek traditional dances to some equally traditional music will also be held. If you feel a bit peckish after watching all that dancing and sampling some halloumi and pasteli, there will be a buffet.

Olive Tree Day
A festival to celebrate the olive tree with cooking demonstrations and much more. October 4. Olive Park Oleastro, Anogyra, Limassol. 11am-6pm. Free. Tel: 99-565768

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