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Learn the Ancient Art of Cheese & Bread Making near Chania


90 EUR

This class is for those who want to explore the history of cheese and bread making, and learn how to recreate Greek recipes and methods from the 5th century BC to the late Byzantine years. A light historical meal follows each class.

Duration: 4 hours
    Available in
  • English
Tour by Mariana
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I am an experimental archaeologist-food historian, who recreates Greek historical recipes using ancient or modern techniques for spectacular food events.

In 2000 I founded 'Greek Culinary History & Cooking Adventures' to create interactive, edible experiences that bring historical Greek gastronomy to life through experimental, sensory and public archaeology.

My work takes many forms, including history -themed dinners, historic cooking courses, edible installations, and historical food walking tours.
The walking food tours showcase Cretan gastronomy, culture and history in a unique and attractive way to whoever comes to Chania, with a need to understand and experience the historic and at the same time modern, adventurous and enigmatic city by using all the senses.

I am the author of a Gourmand award-winning cookbook, The Language of Taste, which is a dictionary (in Gr.) of the history and culture of Greek food and the founder and organizer of the biennial Symposia of Greek Gastronomy (conference).

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  • Enjoy an outdoor lesson with an experimental archaeologist-food historian and Gourmand Award winner
  • Learn how cheese and bread were made in ancient times
  • Savour a light historical meal after the class

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This family-friendly class takes place in a 300-year-old olive grove 5 kilometres from the city of Chania. Classes are also available upon request, when time permits.

We’ll explore the history of cheese making, and recreate an ancient Greek goat and sheep cheese recipe. You’ll also learn how to make rennet, vinegar, and plant juice-based cheese curds.

Using archaeological data, period cookbooks, and other primary sources, we’ll then cover the many aspects involved in creating different types of period breads, from making sourdough and kneading to using the bread as an ingredient in various dishes.

The breads are baked on hot stones in a replica of a 5th-century pnigeus (a portable earthenware oven), on a replica of a Byzantine portable grill, and in a traditional wood-fired oven.

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What’s included & not included

  • Experimental archaeologist-food historian as your host
  • 4 hours of hands-on training in the outdoors
  • All ingredients
  • Recipes
  • Light historical meal after the class
  • Free parking

Meeting point

Konstantinoupoleos, Daratsos

Reviews from travellers (2)


Cooking adventure
Mariana offers an insightful view of Greek civilization through food using replicas of ancient cooking pots and ovens and recreating ancient cooking methods. The food was delicious!!!! And what a beautiful place for a cooking class - a very old olive grove! The historical cheese making and bread baking class is the best cooking class I have ever taken!
Very interesting
Lots of history about the different foods and there background from different cultures
Had a good time with my daughter .

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Amazing tour & lovely host
Mariana, thank you so much for this really great historical food tour through Chania. We enjoyed your knowledge and the tour so much. You’re a great host and we felt so comfortable joining the real Cretan historic food way and diet. Thank you so much for this lovely time. All the best & love
Excellent!! Wonderful experience!
Mariana presented, upon our arrival, an array of Ancient Greek herbs and spices, dried grains and fruits. She served Cretian mountain tea as she showed us us how to cook flatbread, myttotos, lentils, myma, artolaganon and plakous. Cooking with fire and stones or clay ovens, we could imagine what life could have been like thousands of years ago. This was the highlight of my holiday in Chania, Crete. Highly recommended!
The perfect way to discover Chania.
Mariana is the perfect guide for this city tour. Friendly, knowledgable, and passionate about food. We learned about the history of the city, experienced wonderful food and were introduced to places we never would have found otherwise.
The highlight of our stay in Chania. It truly felt like being shown around by a friend, thank you Mariana.
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