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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.)

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
Moderator – presenter Nick Maounis 
Tasting – presentation of Greek wine varieties from around the country.
Friday, the 9th April 18:00 to 20:00
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
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
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
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.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!