Crowds Flock to Eco Day
at Büyükkonuk 2016
By Steven Roberts…….
The normally quiet village of Büyükkonuk (or to use its original Arabic name – Kobi Kebir) attracted thousands of people to its ‘Eco Day’ on Sunday 9th October 2016.
The village’s main street was turned into a large market place with what seemed like hundreds of stalls offering a range of local produce mostly freshly prepared for the day. As you moved along the street you could see and smell kebabs, borek, fruits, bread etc. there were also several stalls with local craft products like woven goods, embroidered pictures, jewellery, and items carved and created with wood. Locally produced lemonade was also on sale, as were stronger drinks like wine and Zivaniya made with Cyprus grapes. (We bought all of these and can vouch for how good they taste!).
You could also see traditional crafts like basket and wooden chair weaving. The olive press was also open, and also attracted a lot of visitors.
The main square was host to entertainment all day long, mostly featuring local musicians and dance performers.
There was some irony in the fact that over 80% of the visitors seemed to arrive by car, but the parking was well marshalled by the Belediye and police, and there seemed to be constant flow of visitors coming and going.
The first Eco Day was held back in 1999, and the event seems to be going from strength to strength.
The next one will probably be in the Spring of 2017, so make a note of the date when it’s announced and go and see for yourself.