A Day in Cretan Gastronomy: Cooking and Olive Oil Tasting Experience in East Crete

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A Day in Cretan Gastronomy: Cooking and Olive Oil Tasting Experience in East Crete


Join an authentic adventure in Crete's gastronomy with a hands-on cooking workshop, olive oil and cheese tastings in a small village of East Crete. 

Visiting Places: Houdetsi or Alagni Village (45' from Heraklion)
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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A fantastic gastronomic experience, ideal for foodies who want to explore the gems of Cretan cuisine and interact with locals in a truly authentic experience off-the-beaten-path and away from the mass. 

Customer Reviews

Our Gastronomy Food Tour with Giorgos was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Crete! It was a full immersion into Greek life from a local’s perspective. Set in a charming small village, we were warmly invited into a home, learned about different olive oils and then helped prepare one of the most amazing meals with seasonal ingredients and local herbs. We felt like part of Giorgos’ family and will cherish our new friendship. - Jennifer, CA USA

Activity Description

Experience Crete's gastronomy at its best with an introduction to Cretan diet, a hands-on cooking workshop and tastings of locally produced olive oil and artisanal cheese. In a cosy setup of a rural village you will learn about the nutritional elements of Cretan cuisine, its flavors and aromas, while getting close in personal with locals and understanding their way of life and what makes the local diet one of the healthiest in the world. 
During this foodie tour, you will experience an olive oil tasting of 4 different qualities of olive oil, will learn more about its characteristics, understand the different qualities and flavours that make it so special. You will also taste a variety of artisanal cheeses that Cretans consume in their every day life and local cuisine; you will explore the different textures, densities and flavors and will understand why Cretans are among the largest consumers of cheese on the planet. Last but not least, you will get involved in the kitchen, a real hands-on cooking workshop experience. You will learn how to use local ingredients, make your own creations, match olive oil with different flavors and learn how to introduce it in your diet. 
During this gastronomic experience you will experience Cretan hospitality at its best away from the mass and will understand the true culture of Crete through interaction with locals. 

Full schedule here:  10am Arrival on location | 10:15am Walk to the local Kafenio (Café) of the Village for an Introduction to the Cretan Diet and Culture | 10:45am Introduction to the world of Olive Oil and Tasting | 11:30am A walk to collect ingredients from the village and its surroundings for the cooking workshop | 12pm Cooking class (preparation of small meze dishes) | 1:30pm Cheese Tasting| 2pm: Lunch of what was prepared during the cooking session.

Special Features

  • Visit to off-the-beaten path locations of Crete
  • Introduction to the gastronomy of Crete
  • Authentic setup and interaction with locals
  • Tasting and cooking of authentic recipes
  • Olive oil and cheese tastings
  • Interaction with locals

Activity Snapshot

Dates | Start Time: Sundays | 10am. 

Duration: 6 hours (approx.).

Meeting Point: Alagni or Houdetsi village, to be advised (Request a transfer to/from meeting point here).

Group Size: max. 12 persons.

Pace: Easy.

Spoken Language: English; other languages upon request and arrangement. 

Included: English speaking expert guide, full meal per person, all olive oil and cheese tastings as described, cooking class.

Excluded: Transfers to/from meeting point village, translator (where required), any food and beverages other than the tastings as described, anything not mentioned as included.

Note: Seasonal ingredients used therefore menu may change; Let your guide know in advance of any products you would like to taste and learn more about. This tour can be tailor-made and adjusted in line with your needs and expectations. Request your private tour here. Please advise of any food allergies upon booking. 

Discounts for Young Travellers: Children under 6 years: free of charge; children 6-12 years: 30% discount; families of 4 with children over 12 years old: 10% discount; groups over 6 adults 10% discount. Get your discount code here. Tours should be booked at least 3 days in advance. Transfers upon arrangement at €45/hour.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation at least 5 days prior to activity date: full refund; cancellation 3-4 days in advance: 50% refund; cancellation 48 hours or less prior to activity, latecomers and no shows: no refund. 

Additional Info

  • Confirmation to be received as soon as possible (within 24 hours from booking)  
  • You can present either a print out or an electronic booking confirmation for this activity
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