"New Greek Cuisine" at Halkadiki's Annual Food Festival
To celebrate the intensely rich culture of Greek food, the Sani Resort in Halkidiki puts on an annual not for profit food festival that has become a recognizable venue where sophisticated travelers and locals can experience ambitious menus in a relaxed and approachable setting.
2013 brought the third installment of ‘New Greek Cuisine’ — a perfect complement to the growing trend of slow food in the region. Participating chefs are given three days to feed different crowds. A sitting costs between €70-100 per person and for that you get Tsipouro (traditional liquor), a multi-course meal, dessert, wine, and all the time in the world to discuss the food and everything else.
New Greek Cuisine is a departure from international focuses of previous years, involving the de- and re-construction of popular regional dishes using local ingredients produced within 100 miles of service. This platform creates an opportunity to leverage agricultural wealth—olives, tomato, herbs, pomegranate, strawberry, artichoke, wine grapes, honey—and apply a cerebral and enduring approach to boosting the recently troubled economy through culinary travel while preserving and celebrating the Greek way of life.
In every dish, the chef is looking for a sense of home—for the smell, taste, look, feel and flavors passed down through their families and communities for generations. And so with every meal, you are engrossed with a sense of tradition. It is the genetic code of cooking.