Our experience takes place in the village of Pigi, 8 km from the city of Rethymno on the way to Arkadi Monastery. With an area of 10.000 square meters, the venue is one of the largest monumental olive groves in the Mediterranean region.
An outdoor olive oil tasting experience, a walk, and a discussion in the midst of a 2000-year-old monumental olive grove.
We explore the heritage and art of olive trees and olive oil in Greek life over the centuries, considering their significance in the mythology, history, culture, and cuisine of ancient and modern Cretan civilization.
We discuss olive oil quality, the olive harvest, olive oil production, and olive oil’s health benefits. We learn about the Cretan Diet and find out how extra virgin olive oil became the most important component of a new, healthy lifestyle.
Learning how to taste olive oil according to the official tasting method, we taste four different high quality extra virgin olive oils, noticing the variations in aroma and flavor among the four varieties. Our tasting table is right under the olive trees.
In the last part of the tasting session, an olive oil-food pairing activity, we observe the way different types of olive oil go well with certain foods. We savor the amazing result after adding an excellent extra virgin olive oil that transforms a dish’s flavors. Hints about how to store, select, bake, and cook – even fry — with olive oil will be shared.
METAXAKIS BAKERY, Pigi 741 00, Greece
A welcoming “meze” (appetizer plate) in Cretan way
A 4-course degustation menu demonstrating olive oil-food pairing & drinks
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