These Athens festivals will be celebration of the senses. Learn more about these cool festivals, part of a new and modern Greece.
By: Chryssoula Katsarou
Athens festivals bring new and exciting events
There’s always something exciting to do in Athens, and many new events keep popping up to add to that excitement. So many new and different events showcase a new and modern Greece. This week, Athens will host two festivals celebrating coffee and spirits. Learn more about these festivals that add to Athens allure and make it a not-to-miss destination.
Athens Rum & Whiskey Festival
With the moto, “Rum, it’s just water and sunshine” and “whiskey doesn’t ask silly questions. Whiskey understands”, the 2nd annual Athens Rum & Whiskey Festival will take place this September 30-October 1 at Zappeion Megaron in the heart of Athens. Popular Athens bars will also participate to add to the festive mood.
The festival, co-organized by the Athenian Baba au Rum and the Conf Expo, traces its roots to Baba au Rum. It opened in Athens in early 2009 as a rum and cocktail bar, and it’s become one of the European pioneers in terms of serving unique mixed drinks. It also maintains one of the largest rum selection in Europe. Baba Au Rum has been awarded three times as one of the World’s 50 Best Bars, as one of the World’s Best Rum bars and many times as Best Cocktail Bar in Greece.
Things to do: Get to know these two distillates and taste some of the most remarkable products on the Greek and international market.
Attend seminars, and comparative tastings, master-classes from Greek professionals; and discussions based on the history, and production and course of distillates from well-known industry professionals who will present and share their knowledge with the visitors.
When: September 30 and October 1, 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Where: Zappeion Megaron, in the heart of Athens.
Athens Coffee Festival
Also, this weekend, check out another cool event, the 2nd annual Athens Coffee Festival. It’s “a large celebration of coffee and its surrounding culture, addressed equally to industry professionals, home baristas and the general public”.
This year, the festival coincides with the celebration of International Coffee Day, on October 1st. Therefore, it will have a great festive character that will appeal to professionals and coffee lovers alike.
The coffee festival is held under the auspices of SCA Greece, which is the Greek chapter of the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe, a pan-European organization that aims at educating and raising awareness of the public and professionals, regarding the quality of coffee. It’s organized by FORUM SA.
Don’t miss the 1st annual Pan-Hellenic Roasting Championship, where professionals from all over Greece will compete for a chance to represent Greece at the World Championship to be held in December near Hong Kong. Contestants will be judged on their ability to assess the quality of the green coffee and the baking profiles they choose to highlight the unique characteristics of each variety.
Things to do: Coffee professionals from Greece and abroad will take part in the seminars, presentations and demonstrations, held during the Festival in two specially designed areas: the Lab and the Chatroom.
Stop by the fully equipped Cupping Room, for tastings of exquisite, rare coffee varieties from around the world.
During all 3 days, enjoy a rich program of musical events, with live concerts and dj sets with popular Greek radio djs.
Where: Technopolis-Athens, in Gazi
When: September 30 & October 1, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; October 2, 12:00 – 10:00 pm
Corfu Beer Festival
It’s not in Athens, but if you’re feeling really adventurous this week, here’s something for you. Head west to Corfu, the island of the Phaeacians, for the 5th Corfu Beer Festival, September 30 – October 1. Billed as “a big meeting between people, cultures and products,” the annual event has quickly become a highly-anticipated tradition.
The festival is organized by Corfiot Actions, along with the Professionals’ Association of Arillas and the Cultural Initiative of Arillas. Each year, the festival is organized with the contribution of a foreign country. This year, Corfu meets Czech Republic.
Things to do: Taste and buy beer from local producers. Sample local cuisine, and buy traditional products.
Enjoy music and dance performances from 30 folkloric musical and dance groups.
Where: Arillas, Corfu
When: September 27 – October 2
Events part of Greece’s transformation
All of these festivals point to a transformation of modern Greece. Our country, in the years of crisis, has become more extroverted and more receptive to new ideas, new tastes and trends. It hosts more and more food and beverage festivals, ready to accept and give new flavors to the whole world. If you’re in Greece, check out one of these exciting festivals! There’s always something cool to do in Athens.
Chryssoula Katsarou was born & raised in Athens. She studied journalism and international relations in Athens and in Leeds, UK. She’s written for the newspaper, Ethnos, for 17 years. For several years, Chryssoula translated books — mainly crime fiction — for the publishing house, “Kaktos”. She loves books, cinema, world politics, and most of all, a good dinner with good friends and good wine. She and her husband have two children.