Icarian Sea Ancient Feasts

The Icarian Picnic is the last trace of ancient festivals devoted to Dionysus, the spirit of wine and ecstasy, later considered a patron of the arts.


The Greek Byzantine chain dance was a relic of the Dionysian procession.


The Eastern Orthodox faith was devoted to a celebration of life. The saints’ days are commemorated with numerous feasts. There are two types of feasts in the Orthodox Church calendar: fixed and movable.


Twelve Great Feasts (see list…)

“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.” (Rev 22:17)

According to some legends, the Messiah will bring to his lavish banquet a fine old wine, which has matured in paradise since the creation of the world. Where Jesus is quoted as saying “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman (John 15:1),” clearly the wine feast of Dionysus (also known as Bacchus) was a part model.

Recently, scholars have been re-examining the feasts in Homer’s account of what he called the Palace of Nestor in Pylos. According to remains unearthed at Pylos in 1952, the ancient feasts gathered thousands of people and offered vast quantities of food. Some feasts may have served upward of 8,000 people, far more than lived within the palace walls. They served a purpose similar to inaugural balls, community banquets, and other modern-day events: to seal an agreement or solidify a traditional relationship.

Origins of Rebetiko


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In the 1930s, the annual Icarian Picnic evolved into a weekend convention in a fine hotel. The picnic may be one reason the inhabitants of this Greek island live long and healthy lives.

Sip and trip, take two: A Grecian ode - The Washington Post

Sip and trip, take two: A Grecian ode – The Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/sip-and-trip-take-two-a-grecian-ode/2011/07/20/gIQAqpRBbI_story.htmlThis week’s virtual Mediterranean summer tour finds comfort in Greek wines.



Here are a few original Mediterranean Recipes. Interact within game elements and objects and learn how to cook delicious and healthy food. These Flash games will teach you how to make a few original recipes:

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World Class Chef Greece | Icarian-Sea

World Class Chef Greece | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/08/07/world-class-chef-greece/Today’s recipe is a famous Grecian food; shrimp pasta. Use your mouse to interact.
Fruit Salad | Icarian-Sea

Fruit Salad | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/fruit-salad/Fruit Salad consists of various kinds of fruit with different texture, taste and color.This is super easy dish to make for easy snack time or even for a healthy dessert.These are great for picnic.
Kebab Souvlaki | Icarian-Sea

Kebab Souvlaki | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/kebab-souvlaki/Today Sara will teach you how to make delicious “Kebab.” Follow saras directions to make a delicious Kebabs. You will get bonus points on early completion.
Gyros Souvlaki | Icarian-Sea

Gyros Souvlaki | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/gyros-souvlaki/Gyros is a dish of meat roasted on a vertical spit, generally served as a sandwich, with tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce, wrapped in pita bread.
Cooking With Abuela Greek Salad | Icarian-Sea

Cooking With Abuela Greek Salad | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/cooking-with-abuela-greek-salad/Greek salad is one of the most delicious. it contains various spices and vegetables, mixed giving a charming taste. help abuela find the ingredients for this recipe.
Cooking Show Greek Meat Balls | Icarian-Sea

Cooking Show Greek Meat Balls | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/cooking-show-greek-meat-balls/Fried meatballs can be small, heavy and oily – so bake rather than fry, for big, light, bouncy meatballs instead. Serve with rice and a big Greek salad.
Cooking Gyros on the Beach | Icarian-Sea

Cooking Gyros on the Beach | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/cooking-gyros-on-the-beach/Traditional Gyros with all of the fixings like onions, tzaziki sauce, http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com/fioricet.html tomatoes, lettuce and delicious all on a flat bread!
Moussaka Recipe | Icarian-Sea

Moussaka Recipe | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2010/07/07/moussaka-recipe/Moussaka is a dish based on aubergines, minced meat and potatoes, topped with a creamy Béchamel sauce that is baked to golden perfection!
Delicious Gyros Cooking | Icarian-Sea

Delicious Gyros Cooking | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2010/07/07/delicious-gyros-cooking/Today the main recipe is about some delicious gyros. The best part is the background where we are going to make them.
Italian Spaghetti | Icarian-Sea

Italian Spaghetti | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/italian-spaghetti/In this fun dinner cooking game you are going to cook some Italian spaghetti. Boil the spaghetti, cook the sauce and finally mix it all together.
Lentil Soup | Icarian-Sea

Lentil Soup | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/lentil-soup/Lentils are a long-time fave for vegetarians. Full of protein, they
Chicken Soup | Icarian-Sea

Chicken Soup | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/07/chicken-soup/Some delish chicken soup in this fun cooking game. Sara will walk you through each step in the recipe as you dice up the veggies and prepare all the other ingredients.
Greek Feta Cheese Salad | Icarian-Sea

Greek Feta Cheese Salad | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/08/06/salad-with-feta-cheese/Top off this salad with some feta cheese, olives, shaved cucumbers, and red peppers to enjoy every bite. Click the floating decorations for this incredible salad.
Green Bean Casserole | Icarian-Sea

Green Bean Casserole | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/green-bean-casserole/Green bean casserole is a casserole consisting of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, and French fried onions.
Juice and Fruit | Icarian-Sea

Juice and Fruit | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/juice-and-fruit/Prepare exotic cocktails at the bar and serve the clients. See you at the bar!
Summer Salad | Icarian-Sea

Summer Salad | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/summer-salad/It is summer time! Make a tasty Summer Salad for lunch! Use your mouse to click on the different ingredients.
Fishy Feast | Icarian-Sea

Fishy Feast | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/fishy-feast/Feast yourself on some delicious custom made and garnished Sea Food. Take your pick of different kinds of fish, sauce garnish’s and sides then complete the meal with shrimp, octopus, lobster and yummy fresh vegetables.
Baked Potato | Icarian-Sea

Baked Potato | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/baked-potato/Use your cooking skills to make a very tasty baked potato!
Grilled Fish with Lemon | Icarian-Sea

Grilled Fish with Lemon | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/06/grilled-fish-with-lemon/Learn how to cook a delicious and very healthy food. For fish lovers, this game will be exactly to their taste.
Moussaka | Icarian-Sea

Moussaka | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/08/06/moussaka/Follow directions to make a delicious Moussaka. Use your mouse to play this game!
Cooked Rice Recipe | Icarian-Sea

Cooked Rice Recipe | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/05/cooked-rice-recipe/Just try this recipe of cooked rice and watch the smile on your face after you eat it. This is not complicated to make so you don
Homemade Frozen Yogurt | Icarian-Sea

Homemade Frozen Yogurt | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/05/homemade-frozen-yogurt/What do you prefer to eat the most during the hot summer season? Frozen yogurts are delicious and fresh. It
Make A Delicious Baklava | Icarian-Sea

Make A Delicious Baklava | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/08/05/baklava/Sara will be teaching you how to make a delicious “BAKLAVA”. At every step you will be provided with instructions on how to make the Baklava.
Baking French Toast | Icarian-Sea

Baking French Toast | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/05/baking-french-toast/Interact with in game elements and objects to prepare a delicious and yummy home baked breakfast treat.
Lasagna Cooking | Icarian-Sea

Lasagna Cooking | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2010/07/05/lasagna-cooking/You are having friends over tonight, and you must cook lasagna for them all!
French Onion Soup | Icarian-Sea

French Onion Soup | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/2011/07/05/onion-soup-instructions/Are you ready to chop, twist, turn and ready to combine the cooking ingredients to make a delicious tasty onion soup?

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Mediterranean Diet Reference Video Gallery


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Mediterranean Diet incorporates the basics of healthy eating. The Mediterranean diet is a modern nutritional recommendation originally inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy, and Spain. The Mediterranean diet plan is highly sensible, emphasizing olive oil, fresh fruit and veggies, beans, and fish.


Greek Mediterranean Cooking - Greek Food Expert, Chef - Diane Kochilas

Greek Mediterranean Cooking – Greek Food Expert, Chef – Diane Kochilashttp://www.dianekochilas.com/Greek cookbook author Diane Kochilas, a New Yorker whose family comes from Ikaria, spends her summers on the island. Summer Cooking Classes on the island of Ikaria.




Mainland Greece – News | Icarian-SeaEnter Site

Mainland Greece – News | Icarian-Seahttp://icarian-sea.com/mainland-greece/Mainland Greece forms the southernmost part of the Balkan peninsula. The major mountain range of Greece is Olympus, separating Thessaly from Macedonia.




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