Take a culinary journey through the history of Greek cuisine and learn to re-create the remarkable Greek food of the past. Learn among the olive groves of Mariana’s Cretan estate, where you’ll cook with ancient pots and local ingredients. When not in studio, journey into town for visits to the market and local wineries.
Complimentary Lunch + An Ancient Greek Lunch or Dinner
Mariana is an experimental archaeologist-food historian who uses antique technology, vintage cookbooks and archaeological data to re-create the remarkable Greek food of the past. She brings the historical Greek gastronomy to life by exploring the relationship between art and food through edible installations, pop-up dinners, lectures and more on her Cretan estate full of olive groves and orchards. Besides, she is an author of an award winning cookbook and organizer of a biennial conference on Greek Gastronomy. After your VAWAA, you will walk away feeling encouraged to rethink the history of food by using it as a deeply insightful lens on human history.
Recreate Greek prehistoric and historic cooking methods and historical recipes.
Learn how to make bread and cheese based on ancient Greek and Byzantine information.
Cook with herbs, wild greens, and homemade olive oil and their role in Cretan cuisine, folk medicine, and culture.
Work with replicas of ancient pots and ovens, and bake on hot stones and in ash.
Depending on the season, participate in a traditional harvest activity or visit a local winery or microbrewery.
Go on a historical food walking tour in Chania.
Visit central and farmer's market for ingredients.
Breakfast, light meals that you prepare, and an ancient Greek lunch or dinner are included.
Public transport tickets to and from winery or microbrewery, tickets to the archaeological museum, food tastings during the tour are also included.
A town on the northwest coast of Crete, Chania is known for its Venetian harbor, which differs from the traditional blue-and-white palettes you’ll find on islands across Greece. It’s steeped in Minoan, Venetian, Ottoman and Greek history, so cultural legacies abound in its architecture, historical sites, and cuisine - there’s even a Turkish mosque in the harbor. Beyond the twisting streets of the old city are stunning hikes and ruins, including the legendary Samaria Gorge.
Kids under 10 are welcome and free to join. This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 6 days. Please ask when you send your booking request.