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        Daphnes (Δαφνες) Annual Wine Festivities runs from June 30 to culminating on July 7th. That is when the village is more laid back than usual.

        Local wine producers erect their stands at the centre of the village where they encourage visitors to taste their vintages. Other local produce is likely also on sale including #Tsikoudia #τσικουδια (#raki).

        Now that the long hot sunny days are here the best time to visit is either in the mornings, then between 6 and 9pm for pre-meal drinking. After 9-930pm is the time everyone is invited to eat. About 10pm is when the friends and relatives from Heraklion drive up for their evening meal. The place is full of buzz until well into the wee small hours of the morning.

        Typical of Cretan village summer festivals the local cuisine is cooked in the main square where table and chairs and laid out under floodlighting. And the wine served in large barrels is really reasonably priced.

        This is a great experience for getting the feel of village life. On my past visits there is a good sense of a time to be merry and take life easy.

        The Daphnes annual #wine #festival takes place around the first week of July each year. It is a rather informal affair. Don’t be shy during any morning visit to taste as many as you like! Potent Raki is also on sale. Be careful if driving, the white stuff has a habit of suddenly catching up with you in the hot weather.

        Can anyone go to Daphnes?

        Yes and it is free to participate. The best way to visit is of course by car. This is a mountain village. If you read this as a holidaymaker, it is a pleasant drive 18kms from Heraklion off the Moires road that connects to the central south part of the island. This is especially true if you are off to the Roman ruins in Faistos, or the resort of Agia Galini.

        Taking the road out of #Heraklion, it is very wide for several kilometres, then as it begins to become more a normal Cretan road, at about 9.5 -10kms follow the #Daphnes (#Δαφηες) road signs (not many) for the left turning. Then you hit more of a mountain road.

        In Daphnes village parking gets very crowded. It is a small place so aim for the other end of the village past the main square-like, area and park any spot you can find.

        There are several buses during the day but none at night if without your own transport.

        It is well worth a visit. Just remember this is rural Crete.

        I have added this to our scrolling event calendar at the bottom of the home page, as another info source here.

        Nice day or evening out. Picturesque part of #Crete. I shall be definitely going.

        Gerald

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            REVIEW – So friends and I went for an evening meal. What a dead loss it was.

            First we learned that the local wineries did not participate.

            Then, as a follow on there was of course no stalls in the main square to discuss, taste and buy the usually fab wines from the village.

            In effect what was a true wine festival has been turned into yet another July village fund raising event using the Culture Ministry support that brings in Cretan musicians.

            As usual the square was the centre of attention. Tables arranged in a reasonable manner catering to parties of six or more. Waiting service was efficient and friendly. But the food – the usual choices of pork, pork and pork, lamb and a few other dishes, with roasted potatoes or fries, in our case was very dry and chewy. A free bottle of wine was on the table. Ours was white but we would have preferred red. No choice was possible. Especially disappointing was no more the huge wine barrels that were on tap, and self serve that used to be the highlight to accompany the meal.

            The "modernising" the event is probably the result of the Tax Man interfering and forcing the whole event to become "sanitised" an event that had lost its Cretan soul. Even so the youngsters drove up from Heraklion after work. Most tables were taken by 11pm.

            What bemused us was one of the kafeneio owners out of bounds of the "official" event, well he too was offering his own ‘furno’ (bbq’d) cooked meat that looked and smelled rather more attractive than the ‘festival’ fare.

            At least another kafeneio was pleased to welcome us for our nightcap and their acceptable Raki saved the evening. Overall, a very sad and disappointing experience. We’ll stick to our local July village fundraising evenings in future.

            Daphnes Wine Festival Review 2017 – damp squib

            Gerald

            Tags: daphnes, village fundraising, kafeneio, cretan soul, review, wine festival

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