> Lesvos > July 22
The “motherland” of Greece’s quintessential firewater, the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos is hosting a three-day festival celebrating all things ouzo: the gum that flavors it, the folk who distill it, the sellers who sell it, the exporters who send it around the world and, of course, the people who drink it. Visitors will have a chance to sample more than 40 different brands of the stuff, along with a bunch of great food that complements its strong flavors and fragrant aromas. The first two days of the festival were held at the island’s capital, Mytilene, on July 14 and 15, but the third is moving to true center of ouzo, Plomari, on Saturday, July 22. The event includes different musical and culinary events at local taverns and kafeneios, giving visitors the full ouzo experience. To find out more, visit www.ouzofest.gr.