Gastronomy

 

Gastronomy

 

From the earth and the sea comes a bounty of wonderful ingredients that have shaped the region's culinary traditions of Mediterranean cuisine.

Halkidiki is famous for its table olives, the high-quality olive oil, its fine breads and cheeses, as well as for its traditional sweets and pastries made with delicious local fruit of local production. The region is also well known for producing honey of the highest quality, while also being a location worth visiting due to its wine routes. This is the ideal place to enjoy the healthy recipes of the Mediterranean diet and savour dishes made from the purest and locally produced natural ingredients.

Whether is a cozy tavern or a gourmet restaurant, don't miss the opportunity to taste the fresh fish daily delivered from the local fisherman to your table, locally produced meat, fruits and vegetables that are cultivated in a natural way and of course, dishes flavored by herbs gathered from the surrounding hills.

 

(!) Special info:

The Guinness Book of World Records featured the tirokomio (cheese making factory) of Ierissos of Halkidiki, Greece where they made the largest caprine cheese (goat cheese) in the world. The representative of the Guinness World Records, Jack Brockbank gave the certificate to the owner Ioannis Stathoris during the 21st International Exhibition of Food and Drinks Detrop. The cheese under the name “carprine rock” weighed 939 Kilograms!!

 

  • Visit an organic agricultural farm

    Visit an organic agricultural farm

    Here is your chance to visit a family business cultivating organic vineyards in Nea Gonia that produces the delicious appetizer "ntolmadakia" (a rice and herbs mixture wrapped in vine leaves).   You can visit the laboratory and be treated a cup of coffee or tsipouro (greek spirit). You will also be introduced to the facilities and get to know how the famous Marianna's Continue Reading...

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  • Open Farmer Street Markets

    Open Farmer Street Markets

    One of the top experiences in Halkidiki -regarding local gastronomy- is a visit to an open farmer market!  You will love to know the municipal and produce markets where professional chefs and locals buy their quality products. And best of all, they add special attraction: a unique opportunity to engage in a lively discussion about one product or another. The Continue Reading...

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  • Women’s Associations

    Women’s Associations

    These have been founded in several villages of Halkidiki, especially the mountainous ones. The women of the villages became organised to promote their handmade products, preserving their tradition and transmitting their culture. When visiting such an association, the visitors have the chance to taste homemade pasta and pastries, marmalades and liqueurs made from local fruits. There are Associations in: “Dryades”, Continue Reading...

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  • Gourmet Festival

    Gourmet Festival

    One of the most prestigious and gourmet festivals in Europe is taking place every year in Halkidiki! Sani Gourmet is an annual gastronomic celebration that brings together some of the finest chefs from all around Greece and the world, along with some of the rising stars already starting to make a name in their field. Every May, since 2006, acclaimed Continue Reading...

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  • Local feasts

    Local feasts

    Almost every village in Halkidiki celebrate their natural bounty with feasts: in Nikiti for honey, in Nea Moudania for sardines, in Metaggitsi for olive oil, in Taxiarchis for mushrooms, in Porto Koufo for tuna, in Olympiada for mussels, Raki (tsipouro) in Vrastama. These "panigiria" -as the locals call them- are usually a combination of party, church fair and relegious celebration Continue Reading...

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  • Fruits & Marmalades, Sweets

    Fruits & Marmalades, Sweets

    A great variety of fruits of excellent quality is cultivated all around Halkidiki, with no use of fertilizers. These tasteful fruits are the raw material for producing our well-known marmalades and of the special deserts the exceptionally skilled women of Halkidiki make. High quality, special taste and respect to tradition have established these products in both the Greek and foreign Continue Reading...

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  • Fish & Shellfish

    Fish & Shellfish

    When it comes to seafood, Halkidiki is the place to be! The local fishermen take care of that, trawling the seas that they know like the back of their hand and selling their catch daily at one of the fishing villages in Halkidiki like Nea Skioni, Nea Moudania, Porto Koufo, Ammouliani etc. Fresh fish is served in various traditional taverns and Continue Reading...

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  • Bread & Pastries

    Bread & Pastries

    Both the traditional and modern bakeries of Halkidiki create unique bread products and pastries. The hard wheat, which is cultivated in great areas in Halkidiki and is rich in proteins, amino acids, vitamins and rich acids, is used as the raw material. The traditional recipes pass from one generation to the next, giving delicious pastries. The high nutritional value of Continue Reading...

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  • Dairy products

    Dairy products

    Breeding sheep and goats is a very old tradition in Halkidiki dating back to ancient times. Thanks to the climate and soil conditions, the region's flora and the powerful tradition in cattle breeding, Halkidiki produces many dairy products -feta, organic goat cheese, myzithra, graviera and even butter- all with a rich, clean and pure taste. The traditional cheese of Halkidiki Continue Reading...

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  • Honey

    Honey

    Halkidiki is considered to be the “motherland” of honey, which is probably true since there are 6.500 honey makers who produce 1.910 tones of high honey annually. Wherever you look in Halkidiki -in the north, Kassandra, Sithonia or east coast- you will see colorful beehives dotting hills and forests. 2,400 years ago, Aristotle, praised the honey and its nutrition value Continue Reading...

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  • Wine & wineries

    Wine & wineries

    On the sun-drenched slopes of Mt Meliton, the warm dry climate and the humidity from the Aegean Sea create a beneficial environment for wine-making. The red wine is made from Limnio, an old Greek variety, along with the French varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. A white wine comes from the white grape varieties of Assyrtiko, Roditis and Athiri. Continue Reading...

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  • Ouzo & Tsipouro

    Ouzo & Tsipouro

    Ouzo is made in a traditional way that you can only encounter in Greece; it belongs to the general category of spirits with a scent of anisos (anitholi). It is a product of marc distillation and other saccharoid raw materials, which have been scented with seeds of anisos and maybe fennel, mastic of Hios, and other aromatic seeds, plants or fruits. Ouzo, for Continue Reading...

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