Farmers' Market
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SOUK EL TAYEB

  • Souk El Tayeb
  • Location: Gefinor Center, Clemenceau and Downtown Beirut at Beirut Souks
  • Date and time: Every Wednesday at Genifor from 11 am to 4 pm and every Saturday from 9am to 2pm at Beirut Souks
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Slow Food Beirut has started a new chapter in 2018. One of the greatest highlights of the year was our alliance with Souk el Tayeb. We have closed our market in Hamra and now we are part of the Souk el Tayeb farmers’ market network. We will have a stand beginning February at both markets. We are closely working together to create events, workshops and educational experiences to promote our common values and beliefs.

Created in 2004, Souk el Tayeb is the first farmers’ market to open in Lebanon and is now a forum to share food, traditions and hospitality in a way that has helped bring together fractured communities. Souk el Tayeb promotes unity around a common respect for food, land, and agricultural traditions. It aims to preserve food traditions and the culture of small farming in Lebanon protecting the interests of the small farmers and producers enabling them to compete with industrial and globalized food trade.

The farmers market was created as a private initiative by Kamal Mouzawak with the intent of creating a “souk” with the same vibrant energies of traditional “souks” but featuring the products of small farmers who bring to the market their knowledge – preserving centuries old Lebanese food traditions for future generations to enjoy.

The literal translation of Souk el Tayeb means “the good market” – both good in taste and character.

By connecting consumers and producers, Souk el Tayeb promotes the consumption of local food, thereby giving livelihoods to small-scale farmers and enhance food knowledge and culture throughout Lebanon.

Souk el Tayeb’s weekly farmers market hosts around a 100 small producers from all over Lebanon who offer fresh, local, seasonal food products and organic produce, ranging from fruits and vegetables, “mouneh”, dairy products, ready- to- eat food and sweets alongside traditional, handmade crafts.

The Via Appia Farmers’ Market

  • The Via Appia Farmers’ Market
  • Location: next to the Crusader Castle in the ancient town of Byblos, across from the Wax Museum.
  • Date and time: Held every Saturday afternoon from 5pm until 10pm from March till December
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Eat like the locals – at the Via Appia farmers’ market. Held every Saturday afternoon from 5pm until 10pm and featuring regional produce and delicious snacks, the market brings together people with one thing in common, a love of good food.

The farmers’ market was set up by VIA APPIA BYBLOS, a non‐profit organisation that was established in 2008, to support local rural development. The market takes place in the small market square next to the Crusader Castle in the ancient town of Byblos, across from the Wax Museum. With a focus on traditional agricultural and craft products, there are aromatic herbs and spices, fruit and vegetables, delicious juices, wines and jams as well as pottery and basketry for sale.

Involving around 30 local stall holders, farmers and producers, the market supports direct contact with consumers, helping to develop the concept and principles of fair trade. Additionally, the VIA APPIA BYBLOS association provides participants with the equipment required (tents, stalls and tables) and gives access to micro-credit adapted to their needs.

The NGO Via Appia Byblos is named after the Roman Road Via Appia Antica (2nd and 3rd centuries AD) that connected Rome to the port of Brindisi. The Roman Road was not just a thoroughfare, but mainly a tool for communication and exchange of cultural, religious and trade across the Roman Empire and an instrument of civil and military administration. The Via Appia resumes again on the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean at Byblos, where ancient traces are still visible. From Byblos, the Via Appia Orientale snakes through the nearby mountains, crossing the Bekaa Valley leading to Damascus.

The Local Action Group (GAL) Via Appia, founded in 2008 by former Byblos mayor Raphael Sfeir, is constituted by non-governmental associations representing local socio-economic interests, as well as businesses and local partners aiming to develop a common strategy and innovative activities for integrated development of the region of Byblos in domains related to the environment, food, traditional products, natural and cultural heritage ... Since its creation it has welcomed Italian chefs from Bari to share their indigenous plants and culinary traditions.

Via Appia Byblos also organizes annual cultural tours up the Roman Road to discover the ancient Roman sites and to enjoy the local produce along the way. It has a shop displaying products from the region, open all year round in Byblos on UNESCO Square.