Traditional Gastronomy in the Mediterranean

Country: Greece
Year: 2020
Release Date: 13 Jul 2020

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First Day Cover/Philatelic
Press Release
4th /2020
SPECIAL SET OF STAMPS
“EUROMED 2020 – TRADITIONAL GASTRONOMY OF THE MEDITERRANEAN”
Greek cuisine
Today, Hellenic Post honours our country’s culinary tradition.
Cooked food begins in Greece with recipes both simple and complex. However, our long history has put great pressure on the evolution of our cuisine as a result of conquest and especially poverty. Perhaps this poverty gave rise to some great ideas.
Looking through the Greek cooking repertoire, we see that it is dominated by the ubiquitous lamb and goat, mainly roasted on a spit or grilled.
Pies are also made throughout Greece, with various kinds of pastry and rich or humble fillings. They are found everywhere, from north to south and from east to west.
The famous moussaka, Greece’s most emblematic dish, doesn’t exist in any other country the way we make it here. It brings together the West and the East: a French béchamel sauce with a little meat and vegetables.
Finally, with its long coastline, Greece has always loved seafood.
So, with these thoughts, and having searched through our favourite recipes, we have decided to put lamb, pie, moussaka and octopus on the stamps.
Ilias Mamalakis
CATEGORY DESIGN QUANTITIES
0,40 € Green Pie 1.250.000
0,50 € Octopus 1.250.000
2,50 € Lamp 1.500.000
3,00 € Moussaka 1.000.000
DIMENSIONS : 30 X 42 mm in sheets of 25 stamps
DESIGN : Anthi Lygka
PRINTING METHOD : Multicolored (OFFSET)
PRINTERS : «VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING»
CIRCULATION-SALES : This set circulates on July 20, 2020, and will be available at the Hellenic post offices through July 19, 2021, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at the local Hellenic Post Offices and at the Central Philatelic Office until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.
Also available:
1. BOOKLET (5.000 pieces)
5.000 numbered booklets will be issued, each of which contains the four stamps joined together and perforated only on the vertical side. Available at a charge of 6,40 €.
2. ILLUSTRATED FIRST DAY COVER (2X4.000 pieces)
They have a design related to the subject of the Series. Each set of two will be available at a charge of 9,50 €
3. NUMBERED SET ALBUM (500 pieces)
Available at a charge of 19,00 €.
4. SOUVENIR SHEET (5.000 pieces, numbered)
Available at a charge of 6,40 € per set.
All philatelic products will be available at the Central Philatelic Office (5 Lykourgou str. & Apellou, 100 38 Athens), and at the Post Offices until sold out, except the F.D.C., the booklets and the souvenir sheets, which will be withdrawn on July 19, 2021.
Collectors will be able to have items franked at the Direction of Philately with the special First Day Commemorative Postmark, providing they have affixed to them stamps of minimum value 0,90 €.