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Food & Local Products of Kefalonia

by Anna Votsi

Let food be the medicine and medicine be the food.

Hippocrates

We’ve brought together the very best food and local products in one place for you to explore. Kefalonia is rich in local food produce such as herbs, fruits and vegetables, olives and honey. As well as making tasty local cuisine served in cafes, restaurants and bars these food and plant sources also go into products such as drinks, jams, sweets, soaps and cosmetics. Our organically reared meats and locally caught fish go into both traditional and creative recipes. Other products include crafts, with important local artisans carrying on old traditions and creating new ones.

Local Products

Alot of guests have said that fruit and vegetables never taste the same at home as they do here.  An  old friend sent me a photo of him eating watermelon on the beach on a previous holiday saying “I can’t wait to come back to taste it again!”.

Well, it is true that locally produced food tastes better because of its seasonality, and the attention to detail and care of it’s production. But not only that, when you buy from a local artisan you are not just buying food, but you are supporting a life experience.

Find a local artisan and you could be surprised which what you could learn; they can help you discover their products, realise the different varieties and colours, the textures and aromas, and how each region and climate affects their taste.

You can find a list of products and the shops where you could find them here  >>

Kefalonian Recipes

There’s nothing like old fashioned recipes to warm the soul and trigger the senses!

I am currently searching for local cooking enthusiasts, who have vintage recipes (even secret ones!) passed down through the generations and prepared with traditional procedures, in order to create an archive of video recordings to share with you.

I have an avid interest in local ingredients, herbs, procedures, old utensils, special cooking techniques and local tips. I will be sharing with you family meals, traditional sweets, kolatsio (snack and street food), mezedes (selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks-mainly ouzo), holiday and special occasion (religious) meals, salads and greens, soups. Have a look at the recipes and maybe try some at home >>

Crafts

When you buy something from an artisan you are buying a hundred hours of experiments and failure, months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are not buying an object, you are buying a passion, a moment of life of a person.

Going around the island you might observe that many corners, gardens, boats, and houses are really artistic; Kefalonian people were and are in fact truly creative.

Nowadays the handicrafts made on the Island are mainly: paintings, olive tree wood-crafted works of art, recycled copper wire sculptures, dolls, embroideries, lace and needlework, vintage creations of clothing and furnishings and the design and manufacture of jewellery. Check the crafts page for more detailed information  >>

Food Experiences, Cooking Lessons & Private Chefs

If you are ready to take a gastronomic journey there are two options on the island. If you want to be pampered, relax and enjoy traditional Greek or Mediteranian food without leaving your accommodation, a private chef can cook at your place. >>

Restaurants, Cafes & Bars

There’s nothing like old fashioned recipes to warm the soul and trigger the senses!

I am currently searching for local cooking enthusiasts, who have vintage recipes (even secret ones!) passed down through the generations and prepared with traditional procedures, in order to create an archive of video recordings to share with you.

I have an avid interest in local ingredients, herbs, procedures, old utensils, special cooking techniques and local tips. I will be sharing with you family meals, traditional sweets, kolatsio (snack and street food), mezedes (selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks-mainly ouzo), holiday and special occasion (religious) meals, salads and greens, soups. Have a look at the recipes and maybe try some at home >>

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