Address by the Mayor of Limassol, Mr Andreas Christou at the Slow Food Cyprus Symposium οpening ceremony dealing with "Olive oil - the Mediterranean gold," held on Thursday 22nd May 2008 at 9.30 a.m. at the Evagoras Lanitis Centre
It is with great pleasure indeed that I welcome this important symposium taking place in our town Limassol, in this place of formerly being a carob mill, where carobs, one of the most traditional products in Cyprus were processed.
The Slow Food Cyprus' initiative is warmly welcome and we do declare our firmly support in its activities from the beginning.
We take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Hadjigavriel and his collaborators for their actions and inititiatives and to wish their efforts being crown with success.
We consider that the Slow Food's objectives to contract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people's dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world, are issues of universal importance.
We welcome all the guests from abroad who honour with their presence this symposium. Our town Limassol is actually the biggest municipality in Cyprus with a long tradition in producing and processing agricultural products like grapes and wine, while today Limassol is furthermore one of the most important tourist, maritime and services centres in the Mediterranean.
I wish you all a pleasant stay here and lots of success in the symposium's works.