Crete's Culinary Sanctuaries

Accredited Professional Seminars
Sample Program
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Sample Program for CCS Accredited Professional Seminars:

Intensive 6-day programs


Days 1 and 2, North-Central Crete
A taste of Minoan culture, organic agriculture, traditional cuisine and wine

Our program begins in a village inhabited since the Minoan era (over 4,000 years) and renowned for olive oil
and wine production. Resident historians, organic farmers, artisan food producers and chefs will guide us
on a journey of discovery of Crete's culture and cuisine.  Emphasis is on agricultural production through the
ages, cuisine and lifestyle with cooking demonstrations and a visit with organic vintners.  Lodging is in
small, family run properties, such as a centuries-old stone warehouse converted into unique private
apartments.  


Days 3 and 4, Central Mountains
Shepherd's Country, Artisan Cheese Production, Wild Plants in Cuisine and Traditional Medicine

We'll travel deep into Crete's central mountains for botanical hikes and to explore historic sites and rural
communities.  Our base is in a small, peaceful lodge where we will meet chefs, shepherds and herbalists
for cooking classes, traditional cheese making demonstrations, tastings and discussion.


Days 5 and 6:  Western Coast and Mountains
Community-Based Tourism, Cultural Preservation Programs, Organic Olive Oil, Bread and Honey

Heading to the great White Mountains of western Crete, we'll stop along the way to collect ingredients for
lunch.  From our base for the next 2 days in a small village with fantastic tavernas and restored homes
converted into visitor lodging, we'll meet traditional bakers, beekeepers, chefs and an innovative organic
olive oil producer.  A hands-on cooking class and numerous tastings of Crete's culinary delicacies are on
the menu.

Day 7:  Enjoy breakfast before your journey home or other adventures.