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One of the delights of travelling abroad is the opportunity to sample local cuisine and Crete delicacies are among the best in Europe.

Having tasted the likes of dakos, fried snails, mountain bulbs and smoked pork it’s only natural to want to replicate such dishes yourself.

Thankfully there a handful of courses on the island that instruct you on how to ‘cook like a Cretan’. Hundreds of holidaymakers pick up valuable tips in these classes, allowing them to conjure a taste of Crete when back home.

Cretan Traditional Cooking Lessons

Crete Cooking Class - Crete Escapes

One of the most popular is that held in Vamos village. Four-hour lessons for small groups take place in the unique surroundings of Fabrica, in the heart of the old neighbourhood.

Attendees are given a step-by-step guide to creating 5-6 Crete dishes amid an historic backdrop.

The class is led by Mrs Koula, a Crete native and author of the popular ‘Foods of Crete’ book. She’ll impart her wisdom before inviting you to sit down for a beautiful meal of your own making, complete with fine wine and music.

Learn more about Cretan Traditional Cooking Lessons here.

Cretan Cooking Classes

Cretan Cookery Class - Crete Escapes

Further secrets to Crete cuisine are shared with those booking onto one of several Cretan Cooking Classes. A hands-on experience is promised, as well as a journey of flavours and tradition.

Courses vary from ‘the art of smoking meat’ to the ‘olive oil experience’. Whichever you plump for, you’re guaranteed a memorable experience based on authentic recipes and local ingredients.

In a matter of hours, you can master the likes of Greek salads, barley rusks and feta cheese, informing a future Mediterranean diet.

You can even request your own private chef to prepare fine dining at any accommodation in Chania or Rethymnon. What could be better?

The full list of services is as follows:

  • Cooking Classes
  • Private Cooking Class
  • Private Chef - Culinary Events & Team Building Activities
  • Weddings, Anniversaries & Birthdays.

Take a look at upcoming classes here.

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