5-7 of September 2019
Every year, at the beginning of September, Artemonas hosts the “Nikolaos Tselementes” Cycladic Gastronomy Festival. It is a three-day festival, which has become an institution and is internationally recognized.
What’s happening at the festival?
Representatives from the Cyclades islands along with representatives from one honored guest Aegean island meet in Sifnos to present their unique gastronomic and cultural traditions.
Every island has its own booth at the central square of Artemonas, where amateur and professional cooks and chefs prepare and present recipes from their islands of origin. Visitors can taste those recipes, visiting the islands’ booths.
At a specially formed corner of the square, the “Little Tselementedes” (6 to 12-year-old kids), wearing aprons and colorful cook hats, participate in cooking games and contests that are specially created for their age.
The festival opens its doors for the public every day at 19.00, while at the end of each day, at 22.00, there are music and dance events with traditional tunes of Sifnos and the other islands.
The entrance to the festival is free and the food that is offered is for free too.
You are all invited!
Presentations of traditional customs, such as pottery and mat making, the representation of a traditional wedding, etc.
A small bazaar with products and treats from the participating islands (at the central alley of Artemonas).
The “Giannis Atsonios” exhibition of folklore items (at the central valley of Artemonas, right opposite to the church of the Virgin Mary of Balis).
Exhibitions of photos, paintings, etc. (at the primary school of Artemonas).
Exhibitions of photos, paintings, etc. (“Marianthi Simou” cultural center).
Seaside cooking. During the three day festival, every morning under the responsibility of local associations, Sifnian recipes are being presented, at the seaside villages.
*The Cultural Association of Sifnos was awarded in 2016 for the Cycladic Gastronomy Festival “Nikolaos Tselementes”, with the Gold Award «European Gastronomic Festival 2016», the allocation of which was made by CEUCO (European Council Brotherhoods Gastronomy and Enology).