TASTING LOCAL SPECIALTIES IS PART OF YOUR TRAVEL
There’s nothing more embarrassing to brag about a beautiful place that you’ve been for vacations and when they ask you how the local kitchen was, you have nothing to say about. Of course then you would blame yourself for not tried any local specialties and either it would be too late or a good excuse to visit that place again.
So in case you are about to travel to Lefkada or you are still in the island don’t forget to try some local specialties and food products. Besides, it’s also a good idea to buy some of them as little gifts or as souvenirs of your vacations.
WINE & OLIVE OIL PRODUCTION IN LEFKAS
In the 18th century all the Ionian islands and of course Lefkas or Lefkada, were under the occupation of Venetians. In particular Lefkada was occupied by the Venice Republic from 1684 until 1797 for a period over a hundred years. This long period was quite enough to influence the inhabitants’ habits. As a consequence some of local specialties even the wine and olive oil production became mainly from that time. After all, it was that period when the cultivation of grapes and olive trees culminated in Lefkas island.
LOCAL PRODUCTS AND FOOD YOU SHOULD TRY
Now the locals are proud of their food products and recipes. They managed to keep and improve them through out the island’s history as a part of their tradition. So here are some you should give a try.
Lefkada’s salami is also renowned in Greece for its unique taste and its garlic fragrance. With some whole pepper corns inside it is something you shouldn’t miss.
Local wine is also recommended. So why not taking a wine tour to taste the local Vertzami red variety. Also in Lefkas Earth winery installations and their exhibition close to Nydri village you have the chance to take an interesting wine tour.
Local nougat and sesame cakes from the oldest producer in the island are ideal for little gifts to take back home. Also try the local olive oil pie (ladopita in Greek), from traditional bakeries in the main street of the town. Without doubt it is a delicious choice and matches perfect with a cup of coffee.
In a fish restaurant or a seafront tavern try risotto with cuttlefish in its ink. An unforgettable sense of sea flavour mixed with cool local white wine of Vardea variety make a perfect match.
RISOTTO CUTTLEFISH ON ITS INK
Finally try tasting Sofigado a very old Venetian recipe. Actually it is beef in tomato sauce with onions and quinces. So give it a try in some traditional taverns at the picturesque narrow alleys of the town.