Heraklion Regional Unit
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Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

1. Heraklion: Cretan Cooking Lesson with Dinner in Arolithos

Receive a short 30-minute tour on your arrival at the museum of rural history and folk craft in the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village. Traditional Cretan cuisine is considered to be one of the healthiest in the world. Here you can learn from the masters while they create famous Cretan dishes which you can participate in before making your very own. You can create stuffed vine leaves, stuffed vegetables, pork with wine sauce, lamb with green beans, traditional Cretan ntakos, tzatziki and sarikopites, and coiled cheese pies. Afterwards, you can sit down to enjoy the dishes you have prepared with local wine and mineral water. Participants will also receive a cooking certification document, which has been authorized by the Arolithos Traditional Cretan Village.

Moires: Cooking Class and Meal at a Family Olive Farm

2. Moires: Cooking Class and Meal at a Family Olive Farm

Explore an authentic Greek farm, taste delicious local vegetables, and sample local wine with your dinner. Afterward, take away the leftovers of your 4 culinary creations to consume later on. Arrive at the farm and explore the outdoor cooking space. Admire the layout with it being situated between two olive trees, covered in a wooden roof to protect from the sun. Cook with pure and natural ingredients from the farm. Learn all about the cuisine of Crete as you learn techniques from your host. Enjoy an experience where all the equipment and your personal apron are provided. Sip on local homemade refreshments and water as you prepare the food. Then, get ready to dine on your culinary creations, accompanied by some local wine. After the meal, receive your packed leftovers to take away. You'll also receive an e-mail with photographs and the recipes from your day, so you can show off your experience and new skills when you get back home.

Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

3. Heraklion: Cretan Wine Tasting Tour & Gourmet Lunch

Journey through the authentic flavors of Crete at a private wine tasting with professionals from the industry, and sample 15 different wines. Join a small and friendly group of no more than 8 people and learn more about the vines, terroir and gastronomy of Crete. Hear about local produce, such as olive oil and cheese. Benefit from the services of a guide who is a former journalist and restaurant chef, and speaks both English and French. Meet some of the best producers of the island's wines from the central regions of Archanes and Peza, where wine was first made in Crete. Take a tour of 2 of their wineries and vineyards, and then experience the flavors of the wines at a private tasting of 15 wines following a wine presentation. Enjoy a sensational tasting of olive oil and other traditional products from Crete, such as honey, marmalade, wine vinegar and more. Then, meet a selection of chefs at a gourmet lunch in one of the best restaurants in the wine making region; and get ready to be dazzled by their creative talents in the kitchen! 

Heraklion: Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class

4. Heraklion: Authentic Greek Food Cooking Class

In the serenity of the Cretan countryside, visit a traditional village and see stunning views of the Heraklion prefecture. After a tour of the village and a visit to the Museum of Cretan Folk Art, it will be time to get practical and learn the secrets to some much beloved Cretan dishes.  Try your hand at making sarikopites, delicious Cretan xynomyzithra stuffed cheese pieces with honey and dolmades, stuffed vine leaves. Or why not see if you can make the best tzatziki with stuffed vegetables and grilled lamb to follow? All of course will be accompanied by rich, aromatic Cretan wine. Live a perfect afternoon with a winning balance of activity and relaxation. Immerse yourself in Cretan culture and of course, fantastic food.

Heraklion: Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Cretan Cuisine Tour

5. Heraklion: Guided Olive Oil Tasting and Cretan Cuisine Tour

About During the first hour, our visitors will taste 4 samples of our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Brands and 2 sample of defective olive oil to learn the positive flavors and aromas of quality Olive Oil and evaluate them opposite to the negative characteristics of a low-quality olive oil. They will learn to combine olive oils with different aromas with specific cooking recipes. Finally, they will enjoy dishes from our local cretan cuisine. What makes this activity unique? In this session you will become an olive oil expert for one day. You will learn the "fruity", "bitter" and "spicy" part of extra virgin olive oil. You will learn how to combine different cretan olive oils with special food recipes and you will enjoy our local cretan cuisine. We strongly recommend this tasting experience, because we believe that we can offer our visitors a combination of relaxation and new knowledge as far as our daily nutrition is concerned. Our visitors will learn to judge the quality of olive oil they buy, or they are served.

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What people are saying about Heraklion Regional Unit

We took this class over a month ago and I'm still dreaming of the food we made with Marianna and her mother. Both are absolutely wonderful people and gave clear explanations on how to make everything. I like to think I'm a fairly good cook, but this class definitely brought my skills to a new level. I also happen to have celiac disease and Marianna was knowledgeable enough to adapt the menu so that it was authentic and gluten free! Additionally, we tried some of the dishes that we had previously made with Marianna in restaurants a few days later and honestly the ones we made during our cooking class were infinitely better. I should have known though. Over dinner Marianna and I talked, and her family grows part of the food used in the class. Furthermore, if she needs to buy additional products, she goes to markets and talks to the butchers and vendors to ensure she gets the best quality. Overall, this class was fun, delicious, and educational. I couldn't recommend it more. - Lindsay

This was such a great experience with a very small group and the guide was very knowledgeable not only about wine but about Crete as well!

Very nice people and great food. In addition, an exciting guided tour through the traditional village. We recommend!

Awesome way to get out of the city and see some less traveled areas. Guide was amazing, as was the wine and food!

Highly recommended, great course, delicious food, nice people!