Local gastronomy meets history and the rich cultural heritage of Arcadia!
A 6-hour gastronomic experience that includes a tour of the traditional food preparation area, the cookware museum and the village. Experience the best that Greek nature has to offer, learn some of the secrets of the Greek cuisine and feast on traditional local products.
You will visit an Arcadian workshop in a small village in Gortynia, Arcadia, 70km (45 mi) from Kalamata.
The workshop produces traditional products and is inspired by the Arcadian nature. Built on 2.5 acres of land, the place offers stunning views towards Mt. Lykaio and the village of Karytaina.
The two-storey stone-built establishment also houses a library with over 650 cookbooks, where you can discover age-old local recipes; a cookware museum, showcasing items used by Greek housewives in villages as far back as the beginning of the 1900s; and a restaurant that serves local delicacies.
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Part 1: The Workshop
You’ll participate in a guided tour of the Arcadian workshop, including the traditional food preparation area, the cookware museum and the library.
Leaf through old cookbooks and view rare 19th century photos in the library. Or take a step back in time and get a taste of village life back in the 1900s in the museum.
Part 2: Vegie Picking & Cooking Class
You’ll get to pick fresh vegies from the garden and feel closer to nature than ever.
You may also participate in cooking classes with Rita, a local cook, and learn how to make traditional hylopites (egg pasta), trahana (fermented milk pasta), spoon sweets, jams, pasteli (sesame seed bars) and other local delights. What could be better than enjoying authentic Mediterranean cuisine prepared by your own two hands?
This part of the tour in only available from March to October.
Part 3: Traditional Local Feast
You’ll have lunch at the restaurant, where you will feast on local products from the Arcadian workshop and other local producers.
The meal includes appetisers, mains and dessert, accompanied by organic wine (red, white or rose), soft drinks, Greek coffee or tea.
Part 4: Shoping at the gift shop
You’ll get the chance to find more than 50 local delicacies at the gift shop, including walnut kourabiethes, melomakarona, skaltsounia, pasta, spoon sweets, pine honey, local myzithra cheese, and Greek herbs and spices.
What’s more, you can lock a bit of Greek flavour in your suitcases and take it back home, by selecting any of the amazing products available for sale.
Part 5: Stroll through the Village
Enjoy a stroll through the small cobblestone lanes and immerse yourself in the local culture. Find out the local history of the small village and the humble beginnings of the Arcadian workshop back in 1980.
The stroll may also include a visit to the local Primary School Museum.
This part of the tour is only available if time permits.
Depending on availability, you may participate in extra activities, upon request.
Bread Making in Wood-Fired Oven
Experience the amazing aroma of freshly baked bread. You’ll get the chance to make your own bread from scratch and bake it in a traditional oven.
This activity is only available from March to October.