Lentil Festival of Egklouvi © George Tatakis
Agios Donatos Lentil Festival, Englouvi
This festival is probably one of the most peculiar festivals in the Ionian Islands and great fun too! Around 6pm of the 6th August a special service is held to honour the Archbishop Donatos in the tiny church that takes his name, located on the plain above the village of Englouvi. After the service everybody gets together in the area outside the church where the locals from Englouvi offer free wine, sardines and bowls of lentil soup (a speciality of Englouvi). After this, the party continues with music and dancing.
Honey Festival (Dragano village)
The excellent quality honey is the main product of the villages of southwestern Lefkada and for this reason, the established festival is organized in his honor. At the festival you will have the opportunity to experience beekeeping, the way honey is produced and taste delicious honey dishes.
The Leucadian Marriage
1st Sunday in August, Karia village: a re-enactment of a traditional Lefkadian wedding takes place in the evening of this day. This is a relatively recent event set up with live music and lots of traditional Greek dancing by the locals in order to preserve old customs and traditions. A visit is definitely worth it
A demonstration of local recipes by famous chefs. Also there is an exhibition of local products. Usually takes place in Marka square downtown Lefkada. The aim of the festival is to highlight and promote the Lefkadian gastronomy products, local producers and traditional recipes of the island. Along with the culinary character, there are many interesting parallel events such as photography exhibitions, presentations of local products and musical events.
Varkarola is a parade of traditional boats with singers on board at the canals of the capital. Local singers with traditional uniforms sing Ionian cantatas under the moonlight. It usually takes place in August.
Local Wine Festival in Apolpena village
The Cultural Association of Apolpena village, organizes the annual harvest and Wine Festival at the school of the region in the first week of September. In the event, there is a custom of pressing grapes, and a feast follows with live folk music, where free wine and Mustalevria* are offered to all guests. *(a traditional Greek kind of pudding made of grape must mixed with flour and boiled until thick)