gal via appia byblos
groupe d'action locale
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ACTIVITIES

IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS

Since 2002 our association has participated in several cooperation or partnership projects:

The Euromed project – 2002-2004
As part of the cooperation of euro-mediterranean cities, via appia-byblos has been supported by a pilot project between the cities of byblos, bordeaux, tunis and venice, with the main objective of refurbishing the association’s premises in byblos. 

The Leader project – 2003-2005
A cooperation action involving italy (ciheam-bari) and the cities of byblos, tyre and baalbek founded the local action groups in these three cities and the launch of the lag via appia-byblos which participated in the exhibition of traditional local produce at fiera del levante in bari. 

The Tercom project – 2007-2009
Activation of support mechanisms for rural communities and territories in lebanonthis project led by italy (ciheam-bari) aimed to provide technical assistance for the organization of a market and the publication of the atlas of traditional lebanese products.via appia-byblos participated in the terra madre – salone del gusto exhibition in turin and received the first equipment for its store. 

The Flower Market – 2007-2018
Annual event  in collaboration with the byblos international festival, which organizes a large exhibition of flowers, crafts, and local products. 

Excursions on the Roman Way itinerary – 2003-2018
Launched in 2003 in collaboration with the italian embassy in lebanon. visits – discovery of roman sites and monuments on the roman road in the southern region of jbeil, as well as agri-food and tourism companies that are partners of our association. 

Arts Exchanges – 2003- 2010- 2010- 2016- 2018
Since 2003 via appia byblos has periodically organised arts exchanges with european partners: bordeaux (novart), tunis (theater symposium), venice (mediterranean exhibition), puglia region in italy…
These exchanges are especially profitable to young artists (authors, composers, performers, actors, dancers…) who represent local culture and discover the cultural aspects of the host countries.

Culinary Exchanges – 2003- 2010- 2016- 2018
Via Appia Byblos and more recently the via appia market welcomes italian cooks and farmers in search of local products to create new recipes and beautiful stories that are in keeping with the flavours of the mediterranean and to offer free cooking classes.
In collaboration with lebanese restaurants and hoteliers, via appia byblos organizes these culinary exchanges by organising visits of lebanese chefs to italy in order to promote exchanges between professionals to discover local recipes and above all to preserve the artisanal and culinary traditions of the mediterranean and give more importance to local products.

The Store Via Appia – 2009- 2018
Located in the centre of the tourist area in byblos, the store has been welcoming via appia’s partners since 2009, providing them with an exhibition and sales room for their products.
The store was renovated in 2018 to provide more exhibition and storage space. it currently hosts about thirty exhibitors and more than sixty agri-food and craft products.

The Weekly Market – 2017- 2018
More than just a meeting place for producers and buyers, this weekly gathering has also been the platform for cultural activities:

  • World Honey Bee Day: a piculturists from the area gathered to answer questions and to sell their different types of honey and honey-based products
  • Brocante: an eclectic sale of old and second-hand items ranging from kitchen utensils – to costume jewellery, toys and much more.
  • kid’s corner: a space reserved for younger age, to raise awareness of organic products. this includes natural activities like pumpkin carving, dream catcher workshop, painting, photography, etc.
  • Book Signing with authors: inspired by topics in accordance with the via appia-byblos vision and philosophy i.e. respecting the environment, history and culture.

Partnership between ViaAppia and Neopreneur
Consisting of co- organizing  regular entrepreneurship and business forums  to support the farmer’s market beneficiaries  through capacity building workshops to help them create and grow their businesses.