Foodie aficionados can find new esoteric events to enjoy this autumn in Cyprus.

The island offers distinctive cuisine and each village in the Troodos Mountains is particularly proud of its local produce. Sunvil, which offers an extensive range of properties in the Troodos Mountains, has highlighted some of the region’s most intriguing local foodie festivals so that clients might broaden their palate and create some delicious memories.

Although grape festivals my be typically associated with wine-fuelled excess, the wine villages of Vasa Koilaniou, Loufou, Arsos and Koilani take a slightly more sweet-toothed approach. Their celebrations, which take place between September 10 and October 1, focus on traditional sticky treats such as palouzes (grape jellies flavoured with rose water and cinnamon) and shoushoukos (nuts encased in the grapey goodness) with folk music and dancing.

In the village of Kyperounta a two-day apple festival takes place on October 7-8. It includes an open-air market where visitors can sample and buy seasonal apples, traditional products, apple pies and apple vinegars. Leafy Kyperounta is the third highest village on the island and is renowned for its fruit trees and orchards, with the festival being a highlight in the village’s calendar. Festival activities usually cross into the cultural as well as culinary, with print-making and photography exhibitions featuring as part of the celebrations too.

During the Miliou Honey Festival on October 28-29, visitors can see how Cypriot farmers cherish their honey bee residents with bee-keeping and honey-making demonstrations, plus plenty of hands-on opportunities. Miliou is a spa village with natural springs, surrounded by citrus groves, almond trees and vineyards. It has far-reaching mountain and valley views and is known as a nesting place for nightingales. In autumn bird migrations pass overhead, making it a particularly evocative time to visit.

The specialist tour operator offers a varied range of properties in the Troodos Mountains, from small inns to stylish spa hotels. The Linos Inn in Kakopetria is highlighted as being a particularly character-filled property; the 30-guestroom inn showcases the redevelopment of traditional stone houses into comfortable tourist accommodation and is a good base from which to explore. There’s a local museum on the same street, Kakopetria’s centre with its shops, cafés and restaurants is an easy stroll away and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the church of St Nicholas with its colourfully frescoed interior is also within walking distance.

Bookings made before October 31 for travel to the Troodos Mountains before the end of the year will also receive a £100 per person discount. With the discount, prices this autumn at the Linos Inn start at £590 per person (two sharing) for seven nights, including London flights, bed-and-breakfast and a week’s car hire.

To find out more call 020-8758 4758 or visit sunvil.co.uk

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