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Discover the Essence of Cretan Gastronomy: A Culinary Adventure in Archanes Village

Crete

Heraklion

Duration

3 h
30 m

Availability

Up to 12 persons

Guided Tour

Up to 12 persons

Overnight Stay

Not provided

Active Months

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Description

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Cretan gastronomy through our captivating Traditional Cooking Classes. Guided by seasoned local cooks, participants delve into the heart of Cretan cuisine, marked by the abundant use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, including the renowned Cretan olive oil, aromatic herbs, vegetables, and meats. Beyond mastering iconic dishes like Dakos, Gemista, and Tzatziki, our hands-on experiences provide a profound connection to the island’s cultural heritage.

Are you a food enthusiast seeking an immersive experience in local cuisine? A budding cook eager to discover the essence of Greek and Cretan artisanal cooking? If so, our signature Traditional Cooking classes offer a 4-hour authentic experience guided by a local cook.

PART 1 – THE TOUR

The cooking class begins with the most essential part: picking the products. Your cook will welcome you to the open kitchen area, guiding you through the steps of the cooking lesson. Together, you’ll stroll through the picturesque streets of the village of Archanes, visiting local grocery stores to choose ingredients. Sensitive raw materials and meat will be provided before processing and cooking, enriching your knowledge of local products and delicacies.

PART 2 – THE CLASS

After gathering groceries, head to private open kitchens with a beautiful sea view. Our experienced cook will guide you through every step of the dishes’ preparation, helping you create dishes that taste and look like those in every Cretan home.

WHAT YOU WILL COOK

With the guidance of your private cook, create the following recipes:

Cretan salad: Traditional Greek Salad constructed with local ingredients

Cretan Dakos: Barley Rusk topped with fresh tomato, mizithra cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and oregano

Tzatziki with local yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Gemista: Greek stuffed and baked vegetables

“Kolokithokeftedes”: Traditional Zucchini Frites with feta cheese

PART 3 – THE MEAL

Time to taste what you prepared! At the end of the cooking class, enjoy a signature menu for all tastes. Relax and converse about food and other important things in life, accompanied by a glass or two of cool white, rose, or red local wine.

DEGUSTATION MENU

Freshly baked bread and Pita Bread

Greek salad with barley Rusk, tomatoes, cucumber, onion, peppers, feta cheese, capers, and olives

Tzatziki with local yogurt, cucumber, garlic, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Prepared by Guests)

Dakos: Barley Rusk topped with fresh tomato, mizithra cheese, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and oregano (Prepared by Guests)

Dolmadakia”: Stuffed vine leaves filled with rice and local herbs

Gemista”: Stuffed tomatoes and Green Peppers filled with rice, shredded vegetables, and herbs, baked in the oven with olive oil and fresh tomato (Prepared by Guests)

Desserts and fruits with plenty of cold Raki

Unlimited wine from Cretan producers

Join us for an unforgettable culinary experience, connecting with the flavors, traditions, and history of Cretan gastronomy.

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Highlights

  • Cooking class

  • Meal

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Included

  • Semi Private Tour

  • All equipment, all ingredients, apron, all the recipes

  • Welcome Beverages

  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • All Fees and Taxes

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Bottled water

  • Commemorative gifts Recipes & photos taken on tour are sent electronically via e-mail

  • Lunch

  • Not Included

  • Personal Expenses

  • Pickup Service

  • Optional Services

    Once you complete your checkout with Gastronomy Tours, you can book your Car Rental or Transfer Services through our partners. Information you will find on the confirmation email.

    Important Notice

    1. Stroller/pram accessible 2. Infant seats available 3. Visitors should be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the activity 4. No wheelchair accessible 5. Not suitable for pets 6. No public transportation nearby 7. Infants must not sit on laps 8. Please show your ticket to the limo or taxi driver, as well as upon arrival at our venue 9. Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 48 hours before the experience begins.

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    English, Greek

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