21 April 2014 10:24

 Limassol Municipality is planning a three-day series of events to celebrate the revamping of the old Municipal Market’s interior space, scheduled to begin in May.
The upgrade, which is part of Limassol’s participation in the MARAKANDA EU project, is the result of research for the improvement of the market’s image and the introduction of new uses.
Titled ‘Mediterranean Fair’, the three-day celebration will take place at the site of the Municipal Market between May 16 and 18.
“The aim of the events is to inform the public about the new uses of the market, to showcase the market as a place that people can gather and socialise, and to promote the traditional products that will be on offer,” said Municipal Secretary Giorgoulla Leonidou.
The Mediterranean Fair will be launched on the evening of May 16 with an event on Cypriot wines. The Cyprus Winetasting Association will be co-hosting the event, where new Cypriot wine varieties will be offered for tasting.
International wine labels will also be offered to the public by the other partners in the MARAKANDA project, who will be visiting Limassol to attend the events.
On the second day, organisers will demonstrate in an all-day event how traditional Cypriot delicacies are made, including haloumi, palouzes, koupes, loukoumades and more.
Traditional handicraft will also be made on site and will be on sale. The Fair’s final day will be exclusively dedicated to Mediterranean cuisine.
Participants will be given fresh ingredients from the Market and will be asked to produce pasta sauces. The Cypriot Olympic chef team will also be demonstrating cooking and baking with Cypriot ingredients from the market.
A cookery competition will follow. Singing and dancing performances will be taking place throughout the Fair’s duration.
Pupils from Ayios Ioannis school will be taking part in the events as part of a Comenius project, titled ‘Fast Students for slow traffic and slow food’. The pupils will be presenting a book on nutrition that they prepared as part of the project.
The MARAKANDA project has ten partners from Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Egypt and Lebanon. Its aim is to offer innovative models of public markets that can be economically sustainable in terms of management, institutional networking, and protection of historical heritage.
The project has introduced the International Traditional Markets Day, which will be celebrated in May for the first time.
Limassol’s Municipal Market is a listed stone building comprising halls and shops covering a total area of 3000 square metres.
The market was originally constructed in 1917 at a period when the town was booming and gradually expanded to its present form by 1947.
The market and the surrounding traditional shops and restaurants had been the centre of trade and social activities until the late 70s, when they started losing their importance due to the fast expansion of the town and the creation of shopping centres in the periphery.
For more information visit: http://www.marakanda.eu.


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