On Tuesday August 4 th, our partner Troodos Development Company hosted the 3 rd Living Lab in Boukkoma Tavern in Platanistasa, Troodos mountains, Cyprus.
In this last lab of our informative Living Lab series, which started in mid- December 2019, a large cohort of local entrepreneurs and stakeholders from the Public Sector as well as from Private Organizations and Business groups came together to participate in it very energetically, making this Lab the most engaging and most interactive of all three.
Our main target was to inform all the participants about the MD.net: Mediterranean Diet – When Brand Name meets People and to give them an example of the Mediterranean culture that a visitor can experience in the area of Troodos mountains.
In the first two lab we had 25 and 12 (online) participants respectively. We covered the topics of the example of the Cypriot Breakfast as a constitutional part of Mediterranean Diet and during our online lab we stressed out the clinical importance of the Mediterranean Diet, both as a cuisine as well as a way of living in the healthy longevity of individuals in the Mediterranean region. In our previous meetings we had representatives from the Ministry of Tourism of Cyprus and from the Cypriot Representation of UNESCO, receiving great feedback for the project itself and for its future actions.
The most recent event, which has been organized by the European University Cyprus that is the subcontractor of ANET Troodos, the Cypriot partner of the project, welcomed almost 45 participants. As it had already been communicated in advance in our schedule of the day, we started with a presentation from ANET Troodos, followed by a more technical one delivered by the European University Cyprus introducing the project to the participants, explaining fundamental details and the future steps to follow (i.e. the Winter School that is coming up soon) and, finally, we had a key-note speech from the Chef and Manager of the Tavern explaining what are the characteristics of the tourists who are visiting the are looking for Mediterranean Diet and Culture features not only during the weekends but also during some weekdays as well. This speech was very stimulating to the participants the vast majority of whom started to discuss about personal business experiences and to brainstorm about potential future business ideas for the greater area of Troodos, engulfing local traditional products, recipes, manufacturing which could boost a sustainable future in a traditional Cypriot-Mediterranean way. As a final touch, we proceeded to finger-food tasting made purely with ingredients from local productions and with very old-fashion home-made recipes.
All in all, all three Living Labs managed to spread out the key points of our project during the past eight (8) months making people aware of the fact that the term Mediterranean Diet can mean so much more than eating food made in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.