Taking tradition into the future: The scent of memory
This year’s festival was particularly ambitious in its objectives: to demonstrate that the New Greek Cuisine is not only an established fact, but that it represents an important element in our cultural traditions, an addition to the many strengths of our country as it seeks to attract high-quality tourism.
The festival featured a number of prominent Greek chefs, competing amicably in the field they know best and using simple ingredients to create a wide range of gastronomic delights, all from a purely Greek repertoire. They combined both tradition and innovation to define the distinctive characteristics of the new Greek haute cuisine, offering a working manifesto, a turning point in the gastronomic identity of our country, which despite its present difficulties can still unleash powerful creative forces.
The Sani Resort is now well on the way to establishing itself as a destination for those with a serious interest in food and the culinary art, investing in the initiative and ingenuity of expert chefs with a determination to offer ever more exciting menus. It is our hope that the Sani Gourmet Festival will help to make Greece a place to visit for the gourmet, attracting a class of tourists able to appreciate the finer pleasures of life. This has been a joint endeavour, supported by all the chefs who took part, the people who worked anonymously behind the scenes for many months to prepare the Festival, the staff and management of the Sani Asterias Suites, Porto Sani Village, Sani Beach Club, Sani Beach Hotel, the restaurants and the Sani Marina where the Festival was held, the guests and others who flocked to Sani to sample the delicious dishes on offer, and, of course, the various companies who sponsored the event.
We wish to thank them all for the part they played in this year’s events, and to assure them that the objectives of the Sani Gourmet remain as ambitious as ever, focusing above all on a return to the quality, inventiveness and enthusiasm which are the characteristics of the real Greece – the Greece we are confident will re-emerge one day