I had the chance to spend three wonderful days in Israel, along with my team! A unique experience full of the traditions, tastes, and aromas of Greece which we had to carry in…our luggage in order to present them to the Israeli people. But, let’s take things from the beginning. Everything started from an initiative of the Central Greece Region and the Greek embassy in Israel, which had the goal to promote the tourism and gastronomy of our country in Israel.
The motive of our visit to Israel was a big celebration which took place from 16th to 19th October in Shuk Tzafon, Tel Aviv. Shuk Tzafon is a beautiful “market” that hosts several restaurants and little stores directly linked to food. Just imagine that apart from restaurants, it also hosts a grocery store, a bakery, a chocolate shop, and many more special spots which definitely worth a stop.
So, we were also there to prepare delicious Greek dishes inspired by Central Greece. The leading role was given to the authentic Greek salad (Horiatiki), the Greek cheese pies with honey, the sea bream with veggies, the marinated sea bass, the honey dumplings, and many more traditional treats which made whoever tasted them, travel to these amazing paths of our country. For three days, I had the chance to meet countless people, to discuss with them, and to exchange ideas and opinions regarding what I love the most: creating sweet and savory flavors! All these, under the sounds of Greek music which created an even more beautiful, festive atmosphere.
There, the Region of Central Greece was present every day. All visitors, that came by its stand, were informed about Central Greece’s beautiful places and so, they discovered a million different reasons to visit it. On 17 October, Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, Governor of Central Greece, Mr. Konstantinos Bikas, Ambassador of Greece to Israel, and Michal Ansky, founder of Shuk Tzafon and very well-known TV host in Israel, also visited the stand.
Mr. Elias Bourmas, Deputy Governor for Tourism and Sports / Region of Central Greece, Chef Akis Petretzikis, Mihal Ansky, Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, Governor of Central Greece, Mr. Yorgos Kelaiditis, President of Agri-food Partnership / Region of Central Greece, Mr. Konstantinos Bikas, Ambassador of Greece to Israel. Photographer: Nofar Lapid
Before we leave Israel behind, we tried to discover some of its most beautiful spots. So, during the hours when we weren’t at the Shuk Tzafon, we wandered around the city of Tel Aviv – a city with two faces: the contemporary one with soaring skyscrapers, and the more…classic one with the traditional neighborhoods. We got up to Jerusalem where we visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This was one of the most emotional moments that I am never going to forget.
With Father Nikolaos, guardian and key holder of the Holy Sepulchre.
We made a stop at the Western Wall –it is a vast outdoor space of worship, which is one of the most important monuments of the Israeli people- and we crossed the Muslim Souq, an incredible market full of countless little stores in which you can find anything from souvenirs, ceramics, and clothes, to spices, fruits, and whatever you can imagine!
Lastly, we took a walk at the famous beach of Tel Aviv, wishing that the next time we travel to Israel again, we will have the pleasure to discover even more of its beauties.