I think it was July when I first read on Twitter that Theodore Kyriakou, founder of the Real Greek and The Greek Larder is launching the first London Greek Wine Festival. This was the event that I simply couldn’t miss in participating in any way. I got in touch immediately and in August I had a long chat with Theodore who explained the concept and the schedule of the event. It will take place in the elegant Battlebridge Room at King’s Place overlooking Regents Canal basin. When Theodore showed me the room, I understood why he was so excited with the specific location – tall windows around the room allow lots of natural light brightening up the space and the canal view is gorgeous.
There are going to be 130 Greek wines for the visitors to taste and lots of the producers are going to attend the festival. It will be an unmissable experience for all winelovers and for all the wine drinkers who would like to develop their palate and learn more about the wines of one the most ancient wine countries in the world!
Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding are the Ambassadors of the Festival and the news just fill me with extreme joy and anticipation!
Jancis is a huge lover and supporter of Greek wines and as she says, “…is thrilled to be lucky enough to be able to bring that love and understanding to life for visitors. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, you’ll learn a huge amount through this showcase of the very best wines from one of the world’s most distinctive wine-producing countries.”
The Greek Larder will also run a Meze Bar throughout the weekend, serving up exquisite small Greek plates plus cheese, charcuterie, select wines by the glass as well as some fabulous Retsina cocktails. The fair will run between 11am -5pm on the Saturday 3rd October and between 11am-4pm on the Sunday 4th October.
Fri 2nd Oct: Festival launch night ‘Cyclades’ menu & live music, 7.30pm-11pm
Sat 3rd Oct: Wine Lovers’ Brunch & ‘Froutalia’ menu, 11am-1pm
Sat 3rd Oct: Sardines, Mackerel & Retsina pairings, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Sat 3rd Oct: Afternoon sweets & desert wine pairings 4pm-6pm
Sat 3rd Oct: Celebratory Festival supper & live music 7.30pm-11pm
Please find below the detailed schedule of the 2-day festival of Greek Wine in London:
Sat 3 Oct: Regional Tasting by Julia Harding 12noon-1.15pm
Sat 3 Oct: Athens to Vergina wine roads 2.30pm-3.45pm
Sat 3 Oct: Cheese, Charcuterie & Olives 3pm-4.30pm
Sat 3 Oct: Retsina in Cocktails 4pm-5pm
Sun 4 Oct: Variety Tasting by Julia Harding 12noon-1.15pm
Sun 4 Oct: Moschofilero & The Greek Larder meze 1.30pm-3.00pm
Sun 4 Oct: Cyclades to Crete wine island hopping 2.30pm-3.45pm
Battlebridge Room at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG – Wristband* Entry. Limited capacity for Talks & Fair so I would recommend booking online and in advance HERE
Knight Frank are kindly supporting the London Greek Wine Festival, and will also be offering complimentary tastings of select wines being exhibited at our producer’s Wine Fair. Saturday only 10am-4pm. Unit 9, Handyside Street & Gardens, London N1C 4AY. Tel 020 3764 8910
Pop-Up Wine Bar! Wimbledon Wines will be offering their Greek organic favourites by the glass, from their gorgeous vintage Citroen van parked in the newly landscaped open spaces just outside The Greek Larder. Sat & Sun 12noon-5pm. King’s Cross, Wharf Road, London N1C 4AS
Rotunda are the venue partners and will be open daily for small plates matched to our Greek wines, plus a ‘Farm Meats’ supper menu specially created for the Festival (booking advised). Its restaurant,bar & terrace is located within the Kings Place complex. 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Tel 020 7014 2840 http://www.rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk
I am overly excited about next weekend and I literally cannot wait to meet you all and try some exquisite Greek wines with you! If you are joining us, please do use the hashtag #LondonGreekWineFestival when twitting or instagraming!
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