Deep in the season of beach lounging, road tripping and festival hopping, a few of Cyprus’ charming villages are hosting traditional festivals this month inviting the public to visit and experience local culture.
One of the most popular mountain villages is getting ready to host the Beer and Vine Country Festival this August 14. Kakopetria will host the first edition of the festival which aims to promote local beer brewers and winemakers and bring new beer and wine labels closer to the mountainous countryside of Cyprus.
The festival will open its doors at 6pm when temperatures begin to drop a little and the central parking space of the village will turn into a festival ground with food and drink stalls featuring local creators. Adding a musical note to the festival will be a performance by Greek singer Panos Kallides who will perform his hit songs as well as other beloved Greek music. Until the singer takes the stage, a DJ will be playing music to entertain festival-goers.
A few days later, the quaint village of the Limassol district, Kato Milos, will host the Peach Festival. August 20’s festival will be the first time the event takes place after the pandemic, returning to the village after a three-year break. Starting at 10am and lasting until the late evening, visitors to the village will be able to taste numerous local goods that feature the fruit. A rich programme with live music, food choices, theatre performances and dance shows will entertain visitors along with an exhibition all about peaches. Joining in the festivities are two well-known Cypriot singers, Michalis Hadjiyiannis and Andri Karantoni who will perform at the 9pm concert, whilst throughout the afternoon, Chryso Lefou will demonstrate several ways to make peach jam and compote.
Towards the end of the month, another traditional festival is inviting the public to the village that’s best known for its fish, Zygi. The village will host the second Fish Festival on August 27 and celebrations will start at 5pm with a live link from Zenith FM. Throughout the afternoon and evening, numerous activities will take place showcasing the lives of fishermen, participatory workshops for children as well as cooking shows by chefs Christos Christodoulou and Chryso Lefou. Stalls with traditional produce and homemade goods will be set up at the Alieftiko Katafigio Zygiou while Vaso Nikoli and the musical ensemble Minoites will bring the music and dancing.
Beer and Vine Country Festival
1st edition of festival. August 14. Kakopetria village. 6pm-12am. €10 with a drink, free for children under 12.
Kato Mylos Peach Festival
Music, food, exhibition and cooking shows. August 20. Kato Mylos village, Limassol. 10am-12am. Free
2nd Fish Festival Zygi
Workshops, cooking shows, music and more. August 27. Alieftiko Katafigio Zygiou, Zygi. 5pm onwards