I’m going to take you on a bit of a journey with this post. Don’t worry, it’s a really good journey! A few week’s back I was invited to a rather unique and special event in London to celebrate with the Cyprus Tourism Organisation. Sadly the event wasn’t actually in Cyprus, but they most definitely brought the party, feel and Cypriot style right to the venue.
The event was centred around celebrating the annual Festival of the Rose which is held each May in the rural Cyprus village of Agros. Famed for its bright and beautiful roses, Agros springs to life as visitors flock to learn all about the distillation of the roses, attend exhibitions and take part in workshops.
I turned up to the venue ready and set in my floral trousers (got to look the part) and instantly fell in love with the building…
The whole place was decked out head to toe with Alice in Wonderland tributes! Not for the event mind you, this building near Waterloo is like this all year round- my heart melted a bit as I missed Alice who stayed at home while I came into London for the event.
Roses in shades of red and pink could be found everywhere, it really was a perfect venue for an event dedicated to the power of the rose.
We had a warm welcome from the Cyprus Tourism Organisation who gave us some great background into the festival and the country itself:
- Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea
- Cyprus is filled with vast areas of dense forest and valleys
- Cyprus annually celebrates traditional festivals such as The Rose Festival
- When rose water is distilled, its aromatic fragrance can be used in hundreds of different ways- in beauty products like perfumes and oils and also in sweets and liqueurs
- The Rose of Damascus blossoms in between April and May, making right now the ideal environment for growth
Bloggers and press were then taken into the main area for the night, filled with treats and wonderful things inspired by The Rose Festival.
Mahalepi- a traditional dessert made from rose water, cornstarch and rose syrup
As if this wasn’t enough, we were treated to a one to one tutorial in flower arranging from Rebel Rebel, a popular London florist- just look at what we created..
Finally, after all the hard work, guests were treated to luxury hand massages and manicures- I got some gorgeous rose details by @poppinpolishldn, go check her Instagram out before you leave!
Thanks to all involved for making this event happen, or rather, ευχαριστώ in Greek!
Fun fact- I did actually take a course of Greek lessons while at sixth form and I still remember the whole alphabet ?
I hope you loved reading all about my adventures celebrating the rose with Cyprus Tourism Organisation. If you want to subscribe to my blog and get posts straight to your inbox the link is on the homepage, just below my photo!