Read what you want into the title of this blog post, but the 130 Greek producers of traditional & organic food producers and distributors that will be participating in the first ever “Taste & Life” fair at the Zappeion exhibition hall in central Athens this week hope you’ll learn a bit about the healthy, mostly fat free Mediterranean diet and the secrets to the long lifespans this type of tradition eating supports.

It’s the first time a promoter has opened this type of event to the general public, and since it’s admission free (yes, the free in the title refers to admission) it is definately worth a visit if you are in Athens between April 8 – 11, 2010.

In addition to 130 exhibitors sampling a variety of tradition and locally producted Greek food and wines, local chefs will be hosting cooking demonstrations and several authors will be speaking on various food and health related subjects.

Don’t miss the daily demonstration of “truffle-seeking” by the specially trained truffle dog!  (While most events will be in Greek, this one will be easily understandable regardless of what language you speak.)

EVENTS PROGRAMME – REPORT INTERACTIVITY “Spring Menu – GREEK TRADITIONAL RECIPES”
Cooking classes with chef and food writer Effie Gialousi – Xatzichrisou
Attendance for each day 25 €
Thursday 8, Friday 9 and Saturday, April 10 13:00

“Alternative Tourism in Samos Prefecture”

Lecture on “Alternative Tourism in Samos prefecture

Thursday, the 9th April 19:00 to 19:30
“The Greek spirit ”
By Anesti Babatzimopoulos
The history of Greek spirits, methods of distilling and how to best enjoy them.
Friday, the 9th April 16:30 to 17:30
“GREEK WINE VARIETIES”
Moderator – presenter Nick Maounis 
Tasting – presentation of Greek wine varieties from around the country.
Friday, the 9th April 18:00 to 20:00
“GREEK HONEY AND ITS THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES”
Presentation Stamatis Sinis
Analysis – presentation and introduction to all types of Greek honey and the unique healing properties.
Saturday, the 10th April 17:00 to 18:00“HONEY AND HERBS”
Presentation by Myrsine Lambrakis

A culinary presentation on the use of honey and herbs.
Saturday, the 10th April 18:00 to 20:00
“PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND HEALTH”
By Elias Mamalakis
A unique panel of experts on the subject, nutritionists, chef and producers moderated by Elias Mamalakis.
Sunday, the 11th April 13:00 to 14:00
“THE WINES OF SAMOS”
Presentation with John Parasiri
Presentation on “The wine of Samos, the representative of E.O.S.S. (Union Cooperative Winery Samos).
Sunday, the 11th
April 15:00 to 15:30
“Mushrooms: A GASTRONOMIC  TREASURE ”
By the Lefteris Laxouvaris
Presentation and tasting “tour” of mushrooms in the Greek countryside.
Sunday, the 11th
April 17:00 to 18:30

The exhibit is open daily from April 8 – 11, 2010 from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Admission is free.