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18 Sep 2009 - 2:26 PM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2013 - 9:31 AM

Feast Greece is a nine-part journey into an ancient land with a
gloriously rich past. With its dramatic mountains, magical islands and
deep blue seas, Greece is a country which seduces its travellers back
time after time.  Following the success of 'Feast India" & 'Feast
Bazaar", Chef Barry Véra embarks on the journey of a lifetime,
experiencing first-hand the culture, traditions, cuisine, and people of
Greece.

In episode one, Barry explores the North Aegean island of Lesvos. His journey takes him to a fishing port where some of the world’s healthiest sardines are caught, to a seaside town where he tries his hand at octopus fishing, and to a storybook village where times seems to have stood still.  And along the way, he meets the people that make this island so culturally rich, from a traditional wooden boat builder and unique organic winemaker, to the village baker who’s been serving his neighbours for generations.

In episode two, Barry takes part in the annual pilgrimage to the small village of Agiassos, one of the holiest places in Greece.  Home to a precious icon and religious relics, the village welcomes thousands of pilgrims from all over the island of Lesvos and the rest of Greece to celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.  He also visits a 250-year old water mill and discovers the island’s vibrant capital.

In episode three, Barry visits the North Aegean island of Chios, home to one of the most treasured and rare natural products in the world - mastic.  In his travels, Barry visits two of the unique and stunning fortified mastic villages, and gets lost in the labyrinth of streets designed to confuse invaders.  In the north of the island, he visits the abandoned and haunting hilltop village of Anavatos.

In episode four, Barry visits the bustling metropolis of Athens, Greece’s capital and Europe’s oldest city.  Barry explores this vibrant city at street level, discovering the real Athens as lived by its locals, in its marketplaces and working-class eateries.  Barry gets a taste of more than food, discovering many of Athens’ institutions including its oldest distillery, learning the art of worry beads, the barracks of the Presidential Guard and meeting a world-famous poet & sandal maker to the stars!

Greece’s largest island Crete is so large and diverse, it’s like a country in itself.  In episode five, Barry visits the charming seaside city of Chania where Venetian buildings dominate the skyline.  There he discovers first-hand the art of making filo pastry and traditional Cretan daggers.  In contrast, Barry visits the mountain retreat of Milia, a restored traditional Cretan settlement where sustainable living, organic farming and home-style cooking allow visitors to experience a natural way of life.  In a neighbouring village, Barry attends a traditional Cretan wedding and joins in the celebrations of an entire community.

In episode six, Barry learns more about the traditions of the ancient land of Crete by visiting artisans, craftsmen & food lovers who are all committed to maintaining a link to their extraordinary past.  From organic beekeeping, to cooking traditional pies well matched to their rugged mountain environment, Barry also discovers the craft of olive wood carving and the age-old art of pottery.
  
Steeped in history and tradition, the mountainous area of Zagoria in Central Greece is known for its amazing stone architecture, its iconic bridges and some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Europe.  In episode seven, Barry explores the region and discovers a local delicacy growing in the hillside forests.  In the nearby city of Ioannina, Barry visits two craftsmen who carry on the traditions of making brass and silver.

The stone forest of Meteora is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth.  The monasteries perched atop these inaccessible rock peaks are amongst the most religiously significant places in the world, and have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. In episode eight, Barry explores this amazing location and learns of a saint after his own heart.  He then meets with a Monk who is not only a cook but a published author!

In celebration of the wonderful culture and cuisine of Greece, Barry is back in the kitchen creating some Greek classics, adding his own imaginative twist.  Barry is also joined by traditional Greek cooks, including acclaimed author and chef, Evie Voutsina who specializes in traditional village cooking.  Some of Barry’s own recipes include the classic grilled octopus, white bean dip and rusks with tomatoes and soft feta.