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Inaugural Rhodes Food Festival Announced

Inaugural Rhodes Food Festival Announced

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An Inaugural Food Festival will take place in Rhodes in May and October 2022.

Throughout the year, many tourists flock to the well-known Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Some travel to these destinations to see the famous blue domes and others to take in gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. However, many visitors miss out on gems such as the beautiful island of Rhodes. Rhodes is the third largest Greek island, located in the south-eastern corner of the Aegean Sea. This island is best known for its delicious cuisine, rich culture, emerald waters, and medieval sights. 

On March 22, 2022, the Rhodes Food Festival team, Aegean Tourism, Mitsis Hotels, and the Ixian Grand gathered for lunch in New York City to introduce the Rhodes Food Festival. This festival is coming to Rhodes in May 2022. The gathering took place at the high-end Greek restaurant, Estiatorio Milos.

milos lunch
Image Credit: Daniel Watson – Raw Tastings with Lobster Salad

Governor Hatzimarkos, the Governor of the Southern Aegean Region of Greece, was in attendance. He spoke of his love of Rhodes and its cuisine, particularly the impressive fresh fish dishes. He inferred that no matter how many times you visit Rhodes, you can always find something new and unique to experience there. 

Image Credit: Zafeiris Haitidis
Image Credit: Zafeiris Haitidis – Governor Hatzimarkos, the Governor of the Southern Aegean Region of Greece

 “Situated at the crossroads of three continents and combining the sophisticated worldliness of Europe with the mystery of East, Rhodes is one of the most developed islands in the Mediterranean, boasting enough reasons and significant advantages as an unrivaled destination. Foodies from all over the world choose Rhodes to taste the blend of civilizations, the traces of history, the gems of nature, and the brilliant combination of tradition along with its cosmopolitan atmosphere.

I am proud to mention that the South Aegean Region worked hard and invested in this precious background by building more fame on the destination. As a result of strong competition among the other European regions, South Aegean received the title of the “European Region of Gastronomy 2019” whereas young Rhodian chefs are awarded the European Young Chef Award every year since its launch in 2016.

Cosmopolitan and modern, traditional and ancient, spectacular yet unspoiled, Rhodes constitutes a unique island landscape in the Aegean; A sea full of adventures, experiences, and myths reflecting on every single dish served” — George Hatzimarkos, the Governor of the South Aegean Region.

Image Credit: Zafeiris Haitidis – Rhodes delights Lemon Pearls and Filema

The lunch menu consisted of multiple courses of traditional dishes such as grilled Lavraki and delectable baklava. Wine complimented the meals as well. At the event, presentations highlighted the festival and the luxury resorts involved. 

The Rhodes Food Festival, hosted by Legends Abroad and The Region of South Aegean, is an experience that focuses on the culinary delights of Rhodes. There will be Spring and Fall festival options in May and October. For seven nights and eight unforgettable days, guests will choose between staying at one of two five-star all-inclusive resorts: The Ixian Grand or The Alila Resort and Spa

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Each hotel has more than 300 rooms. Both have multiple options for room categories to fit the guests’ interests. Many suites also include amazing swim-up pools. The Ixian Grand is a majestic resort dedicated to Adults Only. With its proximity to Rhodes town, it serves as a perfect base for discovering the beauty of Rhodes. The Alila Resort and Spa is an elegant resort within the Mitsis Premium Collection that offers breath-taking architecture with cosmopolitan style. 

Not only are the resorts divine, but the activities are also. Some highlights of the Rhodes Food Festival experience include a culinary tour of the island where you can meet the chefs, a ceramic workshop where you will learn how to make items, a traditional wine tasting along the coast, a tour of the medieval city, and an extravagant gala. The Culinary Fusion Festival Evening Gala will take place at the stunning Kallithea Springs and consists of top chefs making traditional recipes. Free time and optional tours are included in the festival itinerary as well. 

The festival allows guests to travel comfortably because the vacation package includes all transportation to excursions and airport transfers. Guests would purchase the vacation package and their flights. This experience will be a most memorable culinary getaway for people who appreciate gastronomy and those who seek an authentic experience that combines the love for food and culture. 

Image Credit: Zafeiris Haitidis – A Group Photo From The Rhodes Food Festival Lunch. – Left to Right: Anastasia Ioannidi, Tanyka Reene, Sienna Christine, Daniel Watson, Greta Kamateros, Sheryl Wesley, Marietta Papavassiliou Vakiani, and Shayna Mizrahi
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