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3rd Naoussa Harvest Festival 2023

Aug 30, 2023 - Sep 3, 2023

3rd Harvest Festival in Naoussa.

Discover the mastery of wine, culture and gastronomy. Live an excellent wine tourism experience at Naoussa Wine Festival.

Festival Program
The program of the festival consists of frequent activities related to wine events in the city of Naoussa and the wider areas, tastings of the place and excursions to the endless vineyards.

August 30, 2023

Opening Ceremony – Season 2023
20:00 – Naoussa Municipal Summer Theatre
Free entrance
– “Memories and Perspectives: Ioannis Boutaris, George Tsantalis”
Participants: George Fountoulis President Association of Viticulturists – Winemakers of Naoussa, Nikolas Karanikolas, Mayor of Naoussa, Stella Arabatzi, Executive Director of Tourism of the Municipality of Naoussa
Presentation: Thomai Manganari, President Wine Tourism Committee
– Music Concert “With the Song with the Wine”: timeless and beloved songs with wine as their common point of reference, are united in a quality program that aims to enter the hearts and lips of listeners.
Artistic supervision – orchestra supervision: Apostolis Zafiriou.
Performance: Mary Doutsi. With the participation of an orchestra of musicians of Naoussa.
Winemakers of the city serve wine with accompanying dishes of local producers

August 31, 2023

Musical narration for children: “Grape the grape”
– 18:30 – Agia Paraskevi outdoor area
A fairy tale about the wine production cycle and the life cycle of grapes.
Curator-presentation: Dimitra Mitrentsi
Accompaniment: Roger Rovento
– Confectioners of the city offer their pastries based on must
– 21:00 – Vetlans
Screening of the film “Arcadia 1900. Campania of the East”
The city’s winemakers serve wine with accompanying delicacies of local producers – for a fee

September 1, 2023

Shadow Theatre Christos Stanisi
“Karagiozis at the wine festival”
– 18:00 – Dalamaras Winery
Masterclass by winemaker Kostis Dalamaras
– 20:30 – Alonia Square
Karagiozis performance on wine – accompanied by a small orchestra of traditional instruments.
The city’s winemakers serve wine and accompanying delicacies of local producers – for a fee
– 21:00 – Naoussa Open Air Theatre
Screening of the film “Arcadia 1900. Campania of the East”, Film-contribution to the promotion of the history of Greek wine.
Wine serving with accompanying dishes of local producers
The city’s winemakers serve wine and accompanying delicacies of local producers – for a fee

September 2, 2023

“Xinomavro matures in the arms of our river” – Wine tasting
– 11:00 – Naoussa Sacrifice Site
Lifting of xinomavro wine bottles that had sunk in the river of Arapitsa at the 1st Harvest Festival in 2021 and tasting.
Accompaniment of a traditional band – Vangelis A. Psathas, Stavros M. Pazarentzis
– 12:30 – Municipal Park of Naoussa
Wine Street Food: Chef B. Kallidis cooks together with the restaurateurs of Naoussa and highlights the local gastronomy.
Traditional pie contest with award of the first 3
Distribution of portions by financial contribution
– 18:30 – Aristotle School Conference Hall
A journey through the history and world of Wine
– Guided tour of Aristotle’s School – meeting point
– Music concert: Natasa Pavlidou and her quintet will dress up the event musically, with melodies that we have all loved. Songs from the jazz of the 30s until today, always with the characteristic aesthetics of the band. A journey through the times of Billie Holiday, by Frank Sinatra that will lead to swing covers of modern Greek and foreign songs. Of course, their presentation will not miss the soul element, with timeless hits from this scene.
Voice: Natasa Pavlidou, Saxophone: Sofia Moysiadou, Keyboards: Tasos Korkovelos, Bass: Dimitris Christonis, Drums: Nikos Vargiamidis

September 3, 2023

Harvest Closing Ceremony – Season 2023
– 11.00 – Harvest Representation, Kokkinos Winery
Free entrance
The Lyceum of Greek Women of Naoussa with the accompaniment of traditional music represents the traditional harvest
Serving wine and traditional dishes
– 12:30 – “Kiosk” Naoussa
Entrance only by ticket (presale)
Fine Dining: The distinguished chef Gikas Xenakis and the sommelier Nikolas Tzavella cook and serve a special menu accompanied by wines from the Xinomavro variety.
– 20:00 – Documentary screening “Portrait of a Land”, Municipal Park of Naoussa
Free entrance
The film Portrait of a Land presents, through 20 wineries, the wine-producing community of the region in 40 static one-minute shots. Through image and sound, the aim of the film is to make the viewer observe, hear and experience a sense of space and time.
The film will be introduced by the director
Director: Antonis Karabatakis
– 21:30 Closing Music Concert, Municipal Park of Naoussa
Music concert of the band “Swing Tales” that culminates the events and invites for dancing and partying. Stergios Koias on drums, Agamemnon Mardas on double bass, Nikos Taras on keyboards, Dimitris Tselios on saxophone and Eleftheria Bargiota on vocals. Dancers: Magda Nenou, Olina Topsioti, Giorgos Pliakis and Thodoris Bozinis

Parallel Actions
It is noted that in the framework of the five-day events of the 3rd Harvest Festival, parallel actions will take place, such as certification of wineries by a representative of the Cultural Routes of Europe of the Iter Vitis network – European Network for Wine Roads, in which the Municipality of Naoussa has been included as the first municipality in Greece, creation of documentaries about the wineries of the city, etc. while special menus will be created with xinomavro wine, in collaboration with the restaurants of the city, sweets that will be prepared with must and xinomavro wine in the patisseries of Naoussa.
During the period of the event as mentioned above (August 30 to September 3), special prices – packages will apply to hotels in the city and special prices and events in wineries for visitors that will be announced in the near future. Also every day of the event there will be a vertical tasting of Xinomavro 4 vintages at Ktima Kir-Yianni (reservation required).
* At all events, winemakers of the city will serve bottled wine with accompanying dishes of local producers for a fee, except for the Opening Ceremony (30/8) during which wine will be offered free of charge.