Culinary Journey ‘Flavors of Life’ at UNIC, in support of the fight against childhood cancer

The event was under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, and took place in his presence, on 12 March at LOFT Restaurant & Bar

The culinary event ‘Flavors of Life’ organised by the School of Life and Health Sciences of the University of Nicosia in collaboration with the Yale School of Public Health, took place in the presence of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nikos Christodoulides, on Tuesday, 12 March, at LOFT Restaurant & Bar.

The event, held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Cyprus, underscores the dedication of the University of Nicosia to promoting Cypriot culture and gastronomy and supporting socially beneficial purposes.

All proceeds from this event were donated to the Karaiskakio Foundation to support the foundation’s Childhood Cancer Centre… for a world full of children’s smiles!

Welcoming the event, the President of the Republic, Mr. Christodoulides, warmly thanked the University of Nicosia and the Karaiskakio Foundation for their initiative. “On one hand, we have the University of Nicosia, for which we are proud. The University of Nicosia is a centre of excellence in our country, which we must support. On the other hand, we have Karaiskakio, for which whatever we might say will not be enough. I will suffice to mention my experience as Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the pride I felt when I was told by foreign countries how amazing the work of the Foundation is. Both organisations are worthy ambassadors of our country, and their collaboration makes us even more proud.”

On behalf of the University of Nicosia, Professor Kyriakos Felekkis, Dean of the School of Life and Health Sciences, referred to the rationale of the initiative and the utilisation of local raw materials, such as olive oil, which have particular health benefits for humans.

In turn, the President of the Karaiskakio Foundation, Dr. Dimitris Andreopoulos, thanked the University of Nicosia for its initiative and mentioned that sometimes life may serve us “bitter tastes.” “The Karaiskakio Foundation,” he added, “has been striving to provide assistance to those who have tasted this bitterness, especially children, throughout time.”

From the Yale School of Public Health, Dr. Tasos Kyriakidis spoke about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, adding, “We have people from the primary sector around us, without whom we would not have food, but neither could we as academics do what we do.”

About the Culinary Journey

This unique gastronomic experience was designed to take participants on a journey through the rich culinary heritage of Cyprus, combining exquisite dishes made from locally produced and sourced Cypriot ingredients with the finest spirits based on the aromas of the Cypriot flora.

Each dish and drink were presented with a brief historical perspective, providing a glimpse into the island’s vibrant past, a link to the present and a glimpse into the future. Nutrition and health information were also provided, highlighting the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and its emphasis on sustainable, local produce.

To enhance the experience, the culinary journey was accompanied by authentic Cypriot melodies, creating an atmosphere as rich and vibrant as the food and drink on offer.