An original event organized for Greek-Australian children in order to promote Greek olive oil took place in the monastery of Panagia Kamariani inn, Red Hill, Victoria. Children and parents, members of the Greek Diaspora, visited the monastery where they were informed about the significance of olive oil in ancient Greek mythology as well as modern Greece.
The excursion included a tour in the monastery workshops, curated by Katerina Poucharidou, where children and parents learned about the history of olives and olive oil in Greece and their importance not only for food, but also in other aspects of everyday life. For example, in ancient Greek competitions where the winners would be crowned with a wild olive wreath.
In addition, they were able to taste several delicacies whose main ingredient was olive oil, and donuts cooked by the award-winning Greek-Australian chef George Calombaris with the help of Helen Kapalos, a well-known presenter for Australian television.
At the end of the tour, all children were offered a bottle of Greek olive oil and a pot with a small olive tree to plant in the yard of their home.
The event was organized by the Modern Greek Teachers Association, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Victoria, the Education Office of the Greek Consulate, the Archdiocese, the Greek Community of Melbourne, the Thessaloniki Association, among others.
The president of the Modern Greek Teachers Association in Victoria, Costas Dimaras stated his excitement for the success of the event. He also noted that the association had many new initiatives planned for the promotion of Greek language and cultural tradition, since education cannot be confined in a classroom.
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