Cyprus has a wealth of traditional and authentic products, tied closely to the widely accredited Mediterranean diet. The Cyprus Breakfast Program is a project supported by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism, the Travel Foundation of the UK and the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative.
Cyprus possesses a substantial gastronomic tradition, closely linked to its history and culture. Situated on the crossroads of civilisations, Cyprus’ food treasures have been influenced by the cultures of various rulers, shaped into what one may term as an authentic gastronomic experience.
The concept of a Cyprus Breakfast is based on the authentic and traditional character of the local cuisine and highly supports the Cyprus Tourism Industry.
The Cyprus Breakfast programme highlights the social role of the Hotel industry, through its support for local communities and small producers. The specific objectives of the program are:
- To improve the local/ traditional character of the breakfast offered by the participating hotels with a view to create an added value in the hotel service industry. This will be achieved through the addition of dishes and products which are characterized as authentic, traditional and/or identical with the Mediterranean diet.
- To develop useful information material and support knowledge building around the Cypriot gastronomy in relation both to its historical/ cultural dimension as well as with its inherent nutritional value, with a view to increasing sales of local products.
- To provide support to local producers by means of access to the tourism sector, which may be achieved through the breakfast by means of promoting their products and the particular way in which they are produced.
- To promote rural communities through their gastronomical events, thereby linking their particular gastronomic heritage with the local landscape and the natural environment.