Euboea, Kalimeriani, Festival of the Virgin Mary
On the 15th of every August do make sure you do not miss the Kalimeriani festival, where stifado is shared out by the church. There is a space near the church specially designed for the participants of the festival. In the village of Kalimeriani the traditional regional stifado is cooked in huge pots all night long, beginning on the eve of August 15. The inhabitants of the region gather there, where ingredients for making the stifado (meat, onions, and tomatoes) have been donated by parishioners.
Some of the special local foods one can enjoy are the kourkoubines or goglies. Other dishes include trahana, kokoras krasatos, lamb giouvetsi, shrimps saganaki, octopus in wine, and spaghetti with seafood. Also don’t miss out on the local deserts of Euboea, like baklava, amygdalota, dry figs, local honey pasteli, and homemade spoon sweets.
Photo: Vagelis N