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A Cretan Food Odyssey

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Experience hosted by Julia

6.5 hours
Includes food, drinks, transport
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet in Aghios Nikolaos or Elounda to start our day together. We will take a drive to the fishing village of Plaka for morning coffee beside the beach with a fabulous view of Spinalonga Island (subject of the novel The Island). After our break we will take a leisurely drive along the north coast, stopping at a rocky cove to gather sea salt from the pools at the edge of the water. The coast line is dramatic and remote and there will be an opportunity to take a gentle stroll and admire the wild flowers that grow here in adundance. Further along the coast we will turn inland, stopping occasionally to gather wild herbs, thyme, sage and oregano. We will then return to Plaka for an al Fresco specially designed lunch, including ingredients such as horta (wild greens), fava, trahana flavoured sauce with pork, chicken souvlaki with wild oregano and much more. Dessert will be the light and delicate filo pastry cake served with homemade icecream, and to finish locally produced raki. Wine for the meal will be from the excellent Lyrarakis vineyard, which is leading the field in re-discovering ancient strains of grape. We will then make our way back to Elounda and our accommodation
We will meet in Aghios Nikolaos or Elounda to start our day together. We will take a drive to the fishing village of Plaka for morning coffee beside the beach with a fabulous view of Spinalonga Island (subject of the novel The Island). After our break we will take a leisurely drive along the north coast, stopping at a rocky cove to gather sea salt from the pools at the edge of the water. The coast line is dramatic and remote and there will be a…

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What's included

  • Food
    A typical Cretan meze will be provided allowing guests to sample traditiona...
  • Drinks
    Wine or beer and raki will be served with our lunch, tea and coffee provid...
  • Transport
    Transport will be provided throughout the day with guests being collected a...
From ₹9,012
/ person

Meet your host, Julia

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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I am a Cordon Bleu Diploma cook and cookery writer from the UK who has settled on the island of Crete and become fascinated by the quality of the food produced here. In the light of the recent Masterchef Cookery programme I have decided to add this experience to the others I offer. The winner of this competition was Irini Tzortzoglou originally from a small farm just outside Heraklion. Her use of Cretan ingredients proved a huge success and presented the judges John Torrode and Greg Wallace with ingredients that they had never heard of, and their reaction was amazement. I have lived on Crete for almost twenty years and during that time I have had the pleasure of discovering tavernas and restaurants that excel using traditional ingredients. I have been working with some of these to produce a range of dishes to delight guests.
I am a Cordon Bleu Diploma cook and cookery writer from the UK who has settled on the island of Crete and become fascinated by the quality of the food produced here. In the light of the recent Masterchef Cookery programme I have decided to add this experience to the others I offer. The winner of this competition was Irini Tzortzoglou originally from a small farm just outside Heraklion. Her use of Cretan ingredients proved a huge success and presented the judges John Torrode and Greg Wallace wit…
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Where you'll be

Crete's north coast is wild and romantic and the coves we will visit are off the beaten tourist trail. The dishes presented for lunch are specially commissioned for these trips and not available elsewhere.

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 7 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

    Alcohol

    This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

    More tips

    Everything for the day is provided. Guests should bring sunscreen, maybe a hat and wear comfortable clothes