Limassol Beer Festival

Work…work…work. Last day of work for this week, though :)

After the work, I’ve picked up Lev, Hazard and headed home for Olga. Then, all together we went to Germania restaraunt for some real good food and real good beer. Places like this are empty these days, due to so called “Beer Festival”.

Now, let me tell you something about beer festival in Limassol, Cyprus. First of all, Cyprus has nothing to do with beer. It’s a wine place. To prove this, Limassol hosts wine festival every year for last 20 or 30 years. And it’s kind of cool – all wine makers present themselves in one place. By “all wine makers” I mean really ALL wine makers – from individuals to factories. And all of them gather in one place. You pay a pound or two for the ticket and you can enjoy all the wine you can. This is, though, very different from the beer festival. Originally, there was no beer festival in Limassol. Niether was any in Cyprus. But, there happened to be one successful bar, called “Chesters“, and you know it, if you’ve been on these pages at least once. I am a regular there. Anyway… The owner of that bar decided that it would be nice to start a good tradition for beer lovers. So, he started hosting “Chesters’ Beer Festival” every year right in front of his bar. Many beer importers were putting their tents around the place, live music was playing and hot dogs were cooking. Anyone who thought they were missing something, could pretend to be vising the bar and just going in for a good old whisky or something. So it was for three or four years. Then, Limassol municipality decided that most of the city is missing it, and that it would be good to have some extra money instead of giving it some rich guy who already has a proper bar, so they started their own festival. I knew from the very beginning that it will suck, so I didn’t go. But Lev did. And his impressions were much worse then what I was expecting – no draught beer, no Carlsberg, no food, no proper sound. Rap music mixed with greek traditional music, announced by DJ for small, but expensive bottles of beer. Everyone ended up in the brewery, which is nex to the festival place.

So, since everyone was on a festival, we had a great time in empty German restaraunt. Then we went to Hazard’s place for some more beer and a movie. It took Hazard some time to reconfigure his Nvidia to spit things out to the TV, since his last upgrade, so we had a pleasent game of chess with Lev on my newly aquired Sony Ericsson P800. :)

After Hazard managed to bring the vision back, we watched “The Animatrix“, which was good, but boring enough to not stop me from falling asleep right in the middle of it. Give me a credit – I hate Japanese animation, so I was very strong to stay until the middle. Though it was exactly Japanese, but it was very close. :)

By the good old tradition, after falling asleep at Hazard’s place, I get home and continue sleeping there… :)

3 thoughts on “Limassol Beer Festival”


  1. I DISAGREE WITH YOU AND YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE LEMESOS BEER FESTIVAL.!!!!!!!!!

    JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION THERE WERE OVER 20,000 VISITORS TO THE 2003 FESTIVAL AND OVER 30,000 TO THIS YEAR’S.

    I DON’T WANT TO COMMENT YOUR COLD DESCRIPTION OF THIS FESTIVITY

    APPARENTLY ALL THE OTHERS ENJOYED IT BECAUSE THERE WAS A CONSUMPTION OF OVER 17,000 LITRES OF BEER EACH YEAR

    THANKS AND HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT YEAR. AT LEAST TO HAVE AN IDEA OF YOUR OWN


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    The fact that many people like it, does not necessarily mean that everyone likes it. You do. I don’t.

    I don’t like drinking beer from small bottles or plastic cups at the "festival". I don’t like paying 3 times the price compared to the most expensive pub. And I don’t like rap/hip-hop music that plays there mostly. I can get all of these in any disco in Limassol.

    About the 17000 litres of beer consumed -- it is an interesting number, although I don’t know where did you take it from. I wonder how many litres are gone with every wine festival.

    Anyway, I am glad that you enjoyed the event. I hope I will one day too. ;)


  3. I think the limassol beer festival is a good event for limassol and the tourism.We can enjoy different kind of music and drink cheaper beers than a bar.

    Keep up the good work limassol municipality and we thank you for the event.We feel young and we want this kind of events.

    We are looking forward for the next year event and we are sure that will be better everytime.

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