Arcadian gastronomy tour
A feast on traditional local products
Meet “Arcadiani”, a traditional workshop created by local Arcadian women in the village of Psari, visit the cookware museum and experience the best that the Arcadian nature has to offer learning some of the secrets of the Greek cuisine.
Built on 2.5 acres of land, Arcadiani 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.
You will start with a guided tour of the 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.
Then, you’ll get to pick fresh vegies from the garden and feel closer to nature than ever. You may also participate in a cooking and/ or bread-making class 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.
Afterwards, you will enjoy your lunch at the Arcadiani restaurant, where you’ll feast on local products from Arcadiani 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.
At the end of your tour, you’ll get the chance to taste more than 50 local delicacies at the Arcadiani gift shop, including walnut kourabiethes, melomakarona, skaltsounia, pasta, spoon sweets, pine honey, local myzithra cheese, and Greek herbs and spices.
Ideal for families with children of all ages.
Period of operation: Throughout the year excluding Sundays and official holidays; from March to October for vegie picking and cooking classes
Duration: 6 hours guided tour in Psari, Arcadia