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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 May 2017
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Street food festival adds weight to Athens as a tourist destination STUART MCLENNAN T he second Athens Street Food Festival is offering locals and visitors roadside style cuisine from Greece and around the world in the one venue during the month of May. The festival was first launched in 2016 after the founders were struck by the burgeoning street food revolution when visiting cities across the world. "Last year we had over forty thousand visitors to the festival and we expect that to increase quite a lot in 2017," said Stavros Striligas, one of the festival team. Striligas also promotes music festivals and runs tours in Athens. "Street food has become very popular over the last few years and we wanted to bring the flavours of the city to the people of Athens in one venue." Greece is blessed with some of the world's best street food. Hungry locals and travellers are able to choose traditional foods such as souvlaki, cheese pies and breakfast on the run favourite, koulouri, to name just a few. "Over the last decade the scene has changed drastically in Athens. We are seeing restaurants with different foods opening up all over the city because of the different nationalities coming to live here. "We are also seeing Greeks reviving food that was popular here in the 60s and 70s. "We will have around 40 outlets this year selling food from Greece, Thailand, Mexico, Germany, Peru, Turkey, Italy, USA, and more. "Many of the vendors have restaurants in Athens and there will also be six pop-up stores. Well known chefs Dimitris Katrivesis, Stefanos Stefanidis, and pastry chef Dimitris Makriniotis will create street food not normally available at their restaurants.
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