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2nd Cheese and Dairy Festival
Start Date: 16/10/2009 End Date: 18/10/2009



2nd Cheese and Dairy Festival

16, 17, 18nth October 2009

Piraeus Port Authority

10, Akti Miaouli Str.

Piraeus, Greece








The sector of stockbreeding in our country is closely associated with the Greek land, its people, with the actual social organization. The traditional products of animal production, with milk, cheese and meat leading the way, are a priceless nutritional treasure, due to their quality, nutritional value but also the superiority of their taste.

It is not chance that aside from feta which is internationally known and its name is now secured as exclusively Greek twenty more Greek cheeses are secured as Protected Designation of Origin (POP).


The abilities of Greece to produce animal products of high quality in large quantities and to satisfy the demands of contemporary consumers are many, under the condition though that the geographic layout of the country and modern technology will be suitably utilized.


Stockbreeding in Greece accounts for 27% in the scale of our agricultural production in comparison with vegetable production that covers 70%. This proportion is an unfortunate distortion, given that for most agricultural products there is an absorption problem (we produce more than we can sell in the Greek and foreign markets), while to the contrary in the sector of animal products our country imports huge quantities of meat, dairy and cheese products, with all that results on the balance scale of the Greek economy and Greek stockbreeders.


Despite all this, thousands of families making a living in the Greek countryside have stockbreeding as their primary or exclusive profession which is literally the “blood donor” of areas that are arid, remote and disadvantaged.

On the other hand, Greek stockbreeding is the foundation upon which thousands of small and large manufacturing businesses have developed. Starting from the small district cheese making facilities scattered all across the country and ending at the large dairy factories, the sector of dairy and cheese products presents an enviable growth potential.



Piraeus Port Authority  

10, Akti Miaouli Str.

Piraeus, Greece

Friday 16 October 2009
Saturday 17 October 2009
Sunday 18 October 2009

16 October 2009: 12:00 – 21:00
17 October 2009: 10:00 – 21:00
18 October 2009: 10:00 – 20:00




The purpose of this event is to completely cover the needs of the businesspeople in the industry by promoting their products, the cheese making equipment and relevant services; to present the wealth and value of dairy and cheese products, to bring consumers into contact with how these eclectic products are made, to upgrade their commercial potential and to offer capabilities for their further development.





The 2nd exhibition on milk and cheese aims at concentrating and presenting to the professionals of the industry and to the public the pure and high quality dairy and cheese products and the new technologies.









*        Companies and businesses processing milk for the production of dairy products

*        Milk processing companies

*        Cheese making facilities

*        Companies and businesses processing milk for the production of yogurt  

*        Companies that manufacture or represent dairy and cheese making machinery

*        Companies that manufacture or represent packaging equipment

*        Companies and cooperatives with basic production being cheese and milk

*        Businesses and companies that produce organic cheese and milk

*        Any type of company associated with milk and cheese

*        Municipality and Community Local Associations

*        Municipalities whose primary production is stockbreeding

*        Municipal organizations, Chambers, Prefectures and Districts








Goat and sheep breeding in Europe and Greece: Problems and trends


·         Community legislation, problems trends and prospects

·         Stockbreeding in Europe: developments, trends, prospects

·         Sanitation and quality of products

·         The contribution of nutrition in the production of high quality products

·         Species of goats and sheep for the production and patenting of traditional products

·         Organic goat and sheep breeding: Quality and uniqueness. Organic products – organic cheese

·         Characteristics of organically produced milk

·         Goat milk as a food with particular nutritional and medicinal properties

·         Establishment and operation of home small and medium sized businesses producing farm cheese

·          Requirements and procedures for securing and registration of new PDO and PGI names in dairy products

·         Innovative initiatives and stockbreeding. Potential and prospects for success in the Greek and international market

·          Global market – Networks for the sale of dairy products

·          Welfare as a factor for the quality production of products Packaging

·         Control and certification of products

·          Marketing and competitiveness of dairy products

·          Agricultural tourism and perpetual local development: trends, prospects. Financial characteristics

·          Marketing plan of an Agricultural Tourism area.

·          Local products: the other dimension of the development of agricultural tourism

·          Establishment and operation of home small and medium sized businesses producing farm cheese with the potential of agricultural tourism development

·          Alternative forms of utilizing mountainous and semi-mountainous regions: The effect of the environment and human resources






At the same time as the Exhibition and the Conference many events will take place at the Festival that are of interest to the visitors, private and public institutions who will have the opportunity to have a first hand look at the standard production method of cheese and other dairy products, to see state of the art machinery for the production, packaging and trade of dairy products. They will also have the opportunity to taste dairy products, cheeses and other delicacies based on the products produced from all areas of Greece.


*                     Presentations of companies

*                     Presentations of Chambers and Local Government bodies

*                     Delicacies of the Greek cuisine made by dairy products of the exhibitors

*                     Cheese tasting

*                     Events for children: “Getting to know milk and its products”





At the same time, there will be daily events from all over Greece and video walls that will show relative documentaries on the contribution of Greek milk and cheese to health and the Mediterranean diet, so as to inform the visitor on its role in the economy of our country and how it contributes to quality of life.







In the scope of the 2nd Cheese and Dairy Festival , organized by the European Regional Development Network (EDPA), 16 – 18 October 2009 at the Piraeus Port Authority, the 2nd Greek Cheese Contest will take place.


This is an innovative event, of high standards, aiming at:

·      The presentation of the richness and quality of Greek cheeses to the consumer and commercial public.

·       Presentation, advertising and promotion of the different categories of Greek cheeses.

·      Presentation of the best cheese per category (Gold feta, Gold gruyere etc.).


This one of a kind contest of international standards is being organized for the second time by the competent department of EDPA, and takes place every two years. The taste tests of the samples participating in the contest will be performed by the judging committee, which is comprised of world famous chefs scheduled to arrive in our country just for this purpose from all countries of Europe.  During the taste tests each cheese sample will have its own special code, without its packaging, so as to guarantee the unprejudiced decision of the judging committee.

The cheeses that will be awarded may display the medal they have won on their packaging. The awarding of the medals shall take place on Saturday 10/17/09.

We are confident that the 2009 2nd Greek Cheeses Contest, with the publicity and distinctions entailed pertains to all cheese makers and industries of the country that make products in a particularly competitive international environment of quality and taste.


We therefore invite you to participate with the codes you believe will bring you such distinctions.


The token price of participation of each of your code in the contest is 100 € plus VAT 19 %.


For each entry aside from the respective amount, you must also send us the completed participation form attached.


For further information or clarification please do not hesitate to contact us.


We wish you good luck and hope Greek cheese is the winner!




Kostas Mitsis                                                                  Efi Chyderiotou

Agriculturist, Special Consultant EDPA                                    Agriculturist EDPA

2103610265, 6972972957                                                     2103622205, 6974009585







5 – 6 – 7 OCTOBER 2007


The 1st Milk and Cheese Festival that was organized by the European Regional Development Network at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on 5-6-7 October 2007 closed with success. The Festival took place with the support of the Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food and co-organizers were the European Organization for Strategic Planning, the Hellenic Milk Organization, the National Milk Committee of Greece, the Agronomics University of AthensDairy Laboratory and OGEEKA DIMITRADairy TEE of Ioannina.

The Festival included an exhibition of cheese and dairy products, a conference pertaining to the protection and support of competitiveness of Greek cheese and dairy farming, a recreation of cheese making by a onsite cheese making facility, the 1st Greek cheeses contest ever in our country and many other events and meetings that aimed at informing consumers on the quality and safety of Greek dairy products as well as the professionals in the industry on the new dairy products, the machinery as well as production techniques.

The presence of many exhibitors was noteworthy, particularly cheese makers from all around the country that presented their products to the Athenian public for the first time, giving them the opportunity to see the quality and purity of these products as well as the particularities they present

This quality was also present at the Greek cheeses contest where 38 Greek cheeses out of 142 that participated were awarded with gold, silver and bronze awards for taste.  

The milk and cheese festival received particularly good reviews from those who visited it. Approximately 8,000 visitors came to the Peace and Friendship Stadium for a close up look at Greek dairy and cheese products. Consumers, stockbreeders, cheese makers, trade visitors, prefects, chairmen of chambers, ambassadors, consuls, chairmen of organizations, Ministry general secretaries and many other officials were present, underlying the significance of the event.

The gates of the Festival closed the night of Sunday 7 October with the satisfaction of the organizers showing on their faces and setting a date for the 2nd Cheese and Dairy Festival in October 2009.






















































































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