Monday, September 1, 2014

Limassol Wine Festival

The Limassol Wine Festival is an annual festival that's hosted every September at the Limassol Municipal Gardens in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus.

The Limassol Wine Festival started in 1961, and it was inspired by ancient festivals that were dedicated to Dionysos (the god of wine) and Aphrodite (the goddess of beauty and love).  The island of Cyprus is known for its wine and wine-making traditions.

In 2011, Limassol claimed a new Guinness world record for the largest wine glass in the world, which measured 3.37 meters in height and 1.73 meters in width.

With wine as the primary focus, the festival attendees are provided with the opportunity to sample plenty of free local wines.  In Cyprus, the four main wine producers are ETKO, KEO, SODAP, and LOEL, and there are numerous smaller Cypriot wineries, too.

Due to the large quantities of alcohol that are consumed during this festival, free public transportation to and from the festival is typically offered throughout the island. 

This festival features Cypriot folk dancing and music, comedy performances, and a traditional wine press, as well as traditional Cypriot foods, shopping, etc.  Plus, there's a special statue called the Vraka Man, along with the motto: "Drink wine to be healthy."

Even though the Limassol Wine Festival is geared more towards Cypriots, it's an interesting cultural festival for foreigners to attend.

This year, the festival is scheduled for August 28, 2014 until September 7, 2014.  For more details regarding the 2014 Limassol Wine Festival, please click HERE.

Site: Limassol Wine Festival. 

Category: Festival. 

Location: Limassol Municipal Gardens in the city of Limassol, within the Limassol district of Cyprus. 

Phone Number: 25344402. 

Operating Hours: 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM only for two weeks in September. 

Entrance Fee: €6,00 for adults, €5,00 for teens ages 13-18, and €4,00 for children age 12 and younger. 

Date of Visit: 2011.