SANTORINI COOKING CLASS – EAT LIKE A LOCAL
Santorini Cooking Class & Wine Tasting. The local specialties and the popular Greek dishes will engage your appetite for sure. After this introduction, it is time to enjoy the chef’s creations.
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- Tour Includes/Excludes
- Visit Gavalas Winery at Megalochori and taste 4 wines
- Visit Argyros Winery at Exo Gonia and taste 4 wines
- Cooking class in a traditional family restaurant in Akrotiri village
As this is a private tour, we can customize the itinerary depending on your interests and wishes.
Suppose you are coming to Santorini from Athens on a day trip. In that case, the Tour can offer you a complimentary airport pickup and drop-off service upon request.
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Greek food is fantastic. Just think of Moussaka, grilled octopus, fresh Greek salad, and stuffed grape leaves. Greece has dozens of very traditional meals. All super tasty and healthy at the same time. We are not talking about those meals in the Santorini Cooking Class tour.
In Santorini cooking class, we specifically discuss Santorini's food culture. One of the most famous dishes we have here in Santorini is called Dakos. It's similar to the Greek salad, but here is what made Santorini salad special. First, we don't use Feta cheese; instead, we use Chloro cheese, the traditional one of Santorini. Chloro is goat cheese like Feta but much creamier. It is delicious!
We also add Capers a lot. Caper plants grow wild everywhere in Santorini. Usually, outside of Santorini, capers are for more gourmet meals as they are pretty expensive. But, here in Santorini, you will find capers in many different meals. Also, Santorini is the only place where we eat its leaves. We also add Katsouni instead of Cucumber, the Santorini cucumber with a unique taste.
Another product is eggplant. In Santorini cooking class, you will eat white eggplant; these white require much less water to grow, so they are perfect for Santorini and taste much less bitter than the usual eggplants. They are nearly sweet. In our Santorini cooking class, you will learn to prepare it as chips fried in olive oil and then dipped in tzatziki.
Of all Santorini's food, Tomatoes are undoubtedly the most considerable pride of the Island. Due to the lack of rain, you will only find sweet cherry tomatoes. With Santorini cooking class, you will learn how to cook our traditional dish: the Tomato fritters.
Let's not forget Fava. Fava is made of yellow split peas, called Fava in Greek. Fava that grows here in Santorini has a P.D.O., a protected designation of origin, because the volcanic soil of Santorini gives it a much stronger taste.
After the Santorini cooking class should we introduce you to our wines?
You will enjoy our wines during the Santorini cooking class and wine-tasting Tour, served alongside local food paring:
Different than the other white wine grapes, indigenous to the Island's volcanic ash-rich soil. It has transparent yellow-gold skin and juicy flesh. The main characteristic (minerality) takes center stage allowing for the aromas of honey, herbs, and fruits to develop with aging. Assyrtiko does not lose its acidity even if it is very ripe. Its citrus flavors, rich in alcohol, match perfectly with seafood, lobster, or grilled fish.
Thus its name comes from the Greek word "nychta," which means "night." A traditional white wine produced from extra mature Assyrtiko grapes. A high-alcohol wine (more than 14%) comes from late harvest and stomping of the grapes during the night. Furthermore, extended aging in oak barrels gives you more intense minerality and fruity juices. A wine that pairs beautifully with grilled squid, fatty fish, or white meat.
The classic natural sweet dessert wine, an ancient winemaking tradition that dates back thousands of years. We must make the wine using a minimum of 51% Assyrtiko grape by law. Moreover, we make the dessert wine from late-harvested grapes that we have sun-dried in the sun for 14 days—crushed, fermented, and then aged in oak barrels for at least 36 months.
It will pair with chocolate, savory cheese (such as Roquefort), or some prosciutto.
Be a sous chef and be a part of our Santorini cooking class! Because… Something is cooking!
Live an authentic Santorini cooking class & lunch experience. Prepare yourselves for the Santorini cooking class that includes all our beautiful Island essentials & flavors.
Our excursion begins with a first stop in a lovely traditional tavern in Akrotiri. You will be greeted with a chilled glass of wine or ouzo from Litsa, the tavern’s owner and our charismatic cook. You will hear stories about the life of the locals in the old-time and how they managed to have delicious food. And now, it is time to put on our chef's hats and start cooking. Discover the fresh, seasonal ingredients that excite locals and learn secret cooking techniques. The local specialties and the famous Santorini dishes will indeed engage your appetite.
After this introduction, it is time to enjoy the grandma's creations. Take your time and taste all the rich flavors of Santorini. Don't hesitate to ask for your favorite recipes to recreate at home. Discover the recipe for happiness, and start to eat like a local.
After lunch, you will board your coach to stop by two wineries.
Experience life at its fullest here in Santorini. Santorini is reputed for its exquisite gastronomy and its Volcano. Join us and visit two of the oldest wineries famous for their wines worldwide awarded. Also, you will enjoy wines perfectly matched with local delicacies.
Follow us to a game of senses and see what living life at its fullest means here in Santorini.
Sample Menu of Santorini cooking class
- Santorini traditional dishes, Fava, Cretan Dakos, Tomato fritters, Tzatziki, white Eggplant, Zucchini, Bread, Water, and Wine.
- Beef cooked in lemon sauce and stuffed tomato and peppers,
- Yogurt with caramelized fruits, and the dessert wine: Vinsanto, Coffee
- Guiding Services/map of Santorini
- Admission Tickets
- Materials, supplies, and tools for cooking
- Welcome mezedes and appetizers (Fava, Cretan Dakos, Tomato fritters, Tzatziki, white Eggplant, Zucchini)
- Main Dish: Beef in lemon sauce, Stuffed Tomato
- Drinks: Local wine, soft drinks, and water
- A whole meal after the cooking class lesson
- Complimentary dessert and Vinsanto (dessert wine)
- Recipe flyer
- Personal Expenses
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