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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 13 May 2017
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 13 MAY 2017 15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT "Last year we had to persuade vendors to be part of the festival. This year we had more enquiries than spaces so we could be selective." The festival is located in a former trolley bus depot in the popular entertainment district of Gazi. There will be bars for thirsty patrons and prominent radio DJs will crank out tunes while people sample the street food delights. "We will have DJs but it will not be a music festival,” Striligas emphasised. "The main attraction is the food and the music is there to add to the atmosphere. "Our two priorities for this festival are cleanliness and no lines for food. We only used half of the venue last year. This year we will use all the space giving more room for people to look around." While Striligas is very grateful that the Greek Ministry of Tourism is supporting the event, he feels that more could be done to promote his city. "Athens has a problem where tourists stay one day and then go across to an island. This is the way Greece has been marketed for the last decade. Through events like this festival we want people to see how you can have fun in Athens. "People go to Santorini because it is beautiful but it is also marketed very well. There is only so much you can do in Santorini compared to a city like Athens and it doesn't have a street food festival. "There needs to be a centralised campaign so that tourists choose to stay in Athens two or three days rather than just one night. "There is more to this city than souvlaki and the Parthenon." The festival is now one and will be running for the remainder of the weekend and all next weekend Friday 19 to Sunday 21 May. The venue is Palio Amaxostasio of OSY (Ermou and Pireos St) 11854 Gazi, Athens.
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