The prefecture produces fruits, vegetables, potatoes, legumes, asparaguse and mushrooms.
Stock production and dairy products of the mountainous regions are also very important to the island. There is also a production of poultry, river trout, fish and sea food fished in the Thracian sea or raised in fish farms of Porto Lagos.
Some of the most popular dishes of the region are tzigerosarmades (liver wrapped in intestines), pork or chicken with pickled cabbage, chicken with couscous, sweet or salted pies, lachanodolmades (minced meat wrapped in cabbage), local sausages, dishes with peas or beans and pulses.
Xanthi is also famous for its pastries and sweets.
In confectioneries of the city or of the old town you can try syrup pastries (baklava, kantaifi, ekmek, saragli, walnut pie, samali, revani), kazan ntipi (“the bottom of the kettle”, made of cream from ovine milk), tavouk gkiosou (the only pastrie with chicken), mouchalebi (crème with syrup made of rose water), seker made of semolina, the popular wrapped sweets with chocolate and nuts, the dried fruits (kariokes, anomala, nougat) and soutzouk loukoum.
In Xanthi prefecture you can also taste or buy homemade sweets confiture, marmelades, traditional pasta made of local ingredients or wild fruits of the forest. You can buy all these from the Women Tourism Association of Stavroupoli District (tel. 25420 22027) or from the co-op of local traditional products of NESTOS VALLEY in Stavroupoli (tel. 25420 22090). You can also try some of the famous wines made in Ktima Sgouridi (Sgouridis property) and Ambelones Oikogeneias Vourvoukeli (Vourvoukelis Vineyards).
Do not miss to go to the Celebration of Sardine organized every year in Porto Lagos -Minicipality of Avdira. Many fishermen and inhabitants gather in its picturesque port and organize a celebration with live music and fresh fish that lasts until the first morning hours (Municipality of Avdira, tel: 25410 51207/ 51259/ 52034).