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Cyprus, Limassol Wine Festival - Free Wine and the Vraka Man

It is almost that time of the year again, the annual wine festival held in Limassol.  Limassol 

(Lemesos) is known as the party city of Cyprus and when you visit the wine festival you will

see why! It is also Cyprus’s wine capital and has hosted the annual event every year since

1961. This popular festival is held at the Municipal Gardens which is right on the promenade,

(and also where the much debated Limassol Zoo is located).  


Limassol Wine Festival - Municpal Gardens











The Wine Festival initially began as a tribute to Cyprus's wine making tradition.  Every year
it has gotten  bigger and better with more variety  of wines, activites, Cypriot foods and
events. It was originally inspired by the ancient festivals dedicated to the God of Wine,
Dionysos and the Goddess of Beauty and Love,  Aphrodite.  Some featured events are
folkloric dances, songs and theatrical performances from local and international artistic

groups.  There is wine on offer from large and small wineries that can be sampled for  free
with the minimal entrance fee  of 5 Euros. Along with the entrance fee you will receive a

free bottle of wine from the winery of your choice and for just 1 or 2 Euros you can choose

a souvenir plastic wine goblet of your choice that will be refilled all night!  Lastly, guests

have the opportunity to watch or participate in dancing on grapes to tread them which is a 

popular event as you don't often see a traditional wine press. It is fun to watch and

depending on how much wine you have had it is also fun to do!   


Another of the the festival’s trademarks is the towering “Vraka Man” that welcomes

visitors at the entrance with the phrase “Drink wine to  be healthy”. For those who don't

know the "Vraka" is a traditional Cypriot way of dress specifically referring to the pants. 

The basic costume has the pleated baggy pants or "vraka" which are seen in one way or

another on all the Greek Islands. This is also worn with a waistcoat which is called a

"yileko" and a jacket or "zibouni". The vraka is dyed black for older men and blue for

younger boys. The shirt is usually cotton for day to day use and a silk shirt is worn on 

special days. Depending what region you are in will determine the ornate decorations

on it. Since this is a traditional Cypriot festival and hardly anyone wears a "vraka"

anymore the statue is a welcome and friendly site and reminder of some of the

older Cypriot traditions.  


This is an event where I would highly suggest taking a bus or taxi to or the free

shuttle bus that runs from all cities. You can find more information  about transportation 

that is offered by the Lemesos Municipality by clicking here. There is also a free public 

parking area east of the Municipal Garden Theatre (Pafilia ground).compliments of the 

Limassol Municipality however, I would recommend a designated driver!


The festival will kick off on August 27th, 2010 and conclude on September 5th. It opens

at 7:00 pm and closes at 11:00pm except on Friday and Saturday when it stays open an

extra half hour until 11:30pm.

Ticket price:
Adult: €5.00 including a bottle of wine from the winery of your choice: ETKO, KEO, LOEL, SODAP

Teenagers: From 13 - 18 yrs old - €4.00
Children up to 12 yrs old - €3.00
Wine plastic bottles - €1.00 each
Wine glasses - €1.00 each
Wine glasses with stem - €2.00 each


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