The Cretan Diet Festival will open its doors this year from 5 to 12 July at the Municipal Garden of Rethymnon, offering us rich in flavors and fun nights. The Cretan Diet Festival is being organized for second consecutive year in collaboration with the Regional Unit of Rethymno and the Chamber of Rethymno, with the aim of highlighting and promoting the local products and the culture of our country.
For a week, the local and foreign visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy free high quality Cretan wine, taste the unique local products, to attend the method of production and have fun with dancing groups which participate in the festival· while children will have the opportunity through selected programs that combine entertainment and knowledge, to learn the nutritional richness of Crete through play and music.
We invite you all to experience the range of products of the Cretan land, taste extremely Cretan wines and revive a festival that carries the smell and taste of the past, when the Municipality Garden was the place to meet and socialize in Rethymnon.
See you there!
Mayor of Rethymno
The "Cretan Diet Festival " the new scheme, launched in 2012 continues this year on its course after the warm and moving welcoming from the residents and visitors of our country. The Region of Crete – the Regional Unit of Rethymno, the Municipality of Rethymno and Chamber of Rethymno join their forces in this groundbreaking event, which aims to highlight the Cretan heritage, focusing on the Cretan Diet not only in terms of an internationally recognized for its nutritional value model , but also of an overall way of life that stands out.
Through the rich program of events for this year's "Cretan Diet Festival", which includes exhibitions of local products, tastings, participation in execution seminars of traditional recipes and local cultural events, visitors will have the opportunity to learn the secrets of the "Cretan Diet".
In all these quality features that have made it an ambassador of our island in Greece and the world and a valuable ally in our quest for extroversion , competitiveness of local products and increase in tourism.
This week we send this message from Rethymno throughout Crete and we invite you to share with us a unique cultural experience.
Crete is known to most people, both in Greece and abroad, for its rich prehistoric culture, history, tradition, mild climate, natural beauty and the endless rugged beaches. All these features have established the island of Crete as one of the most popular tourist destinations and tourism as the main pillar of the economy, the "heavy industry" of Crete.
But Crete is not a single place for holidays and vacation. Crete is also the place of production high quality and competitive food products, products that make up the model of the Cretan diet, the diet to which it is attributed scientifically the good health and the longevity of Cretans.
The organization of Cretan Diet Festival in our town is part of the effort to promote and highlight the local quality products with the ultimate aim their introduction in the preference of consumers, and, thereby, the increase of the producers participation in the effort for a balanced economic development of the island.
The above mentioned festival, in today's critical and severe economic assays that our country face, is simultaneously a proof that the business sector actively resists, joins its forces and comes forward, on the road which leads to stimulation and strengthening of the openness and competitiveness of local businesses and the exploitation of the opportunity of entrepreneurship of that place, in order crisis to become a new beginning for everyone.
We are confident that the festival will attract the interest of a large number of visitors, it will be a development tool for all participating companies, it will be established, it will be regularly enriched by the qualitative and competitive products of Crete, and it will bring valuable benefits to Cretans businessmen and to our national economy in general.
President of the Rethymno Chamber