“TUI Cares for Crete – Sustainable Food” is a joint project run by TUI Care Foundation and Futouris that aims to link the most important economic factors of the island – tourism and agriculture.
The project focuses on establishing structures for the development of a sustainable holiday destination, addressing services and issues that go beyond the Sun and the Sea, protecting & meeting the needs of travelers, and promoting the agriculture (especially wine and olive oil), as well as the cultural heritage of the island.
Wine tasting is being organized with the cooperation of the winemakers of Futouris program. The participants smell and taste wines from Cretan vineyards along with traditional Cretan delicacies, while they also learn about each wine’s special characteristics.
OLIVE OIL TASTING
The guests have the chance to participate in an olive oil tasting in Creta Maris. The tasting takes place at the hotel's archaeological site that is surrounded by olive trees, with visitors being informed about the importance of the olive for the Greeks and its role, not only in the economy of the country and the nutrition of its inhabitants, but also in religion, culture, the Olympic Games and in the Greeks’ way of living. The guests also have the opportunity to taste olive oil with freshly baked bread in the wood-fired oven of the farm.
INTERACTIVE SHOW COOKING
An interactive cooking lesson with Cretan vine leaves as its main ingredient. The activity focuses on Cretan vineyards and vine leaves, which are the main ingredients of a very successful Greek recipe and one of the most delicious dishes of our traditional cuisine, “Stuffed Vine Leaves” [in Greek:“dolmadakia”].
The interactive cooking lesson starts from the resort’s garden, where the guests harvest the leaves and then they are transferred to the resort’s organic farm. There, the guests have the opportunity to learn about the Creta Maris’ Vineyard, find out about the indigenous vinery varieties of the island, the Futouris Program and its goals for a sustainable future of Crete as a wine region and the right way to make “Dolmadakia”.
CRETAN VINEYARD CARE
An action on the Cretan vineyard care was held in Creta Maris Beach with dozens of participating guests. Via this action the guests came into contact with the Cretan vineyard, learned about the process of planting, and the constant meticulous work it needs to ensure that each harvest will bring us the best product and its derivatives. All the attendees are informed about the Cretan vineyard, the indigenous vine varieties of Creta Maris Beach Resort, the Futouris program and its objectives.
INTERACTIVE PASTRY LESSON
Creta Maris Beach Resort organizes an interactive confectionery class on grape spoon sweet preparation. The interactive confectionery class starts from the resort’s garden, where the guests, are informed about the Creta Maris’ Vineyard, learn about the indigenous varieties of the island, the Futouris Program and its goals for a sustainable future of Crete as a wine region and find out what is the appropriate way to make grape spoon sweets. The guests harvest the grapes, which are then transferred to the resort’s organic farm. The Chef of Creta Maris welcomes the participants in the farm and informs them about the ingredients they need in order to make grape spoon sweet, the right proportions, the best way to make it, and all the secrets for the ideal thickening of the syrup.
Creta Maris Beach Resort offers all guests the opportunity to experience the local lifestyle through the traditional olive harvest, or as Greeks say “Liomazema”. The aim of the action is to introduce the traditional Cretan rural work to the guests, while highlighting in the best possible way the island’s long tradition in olive harvest. The ritual begins by harvesting the olives from the olive grove, and transferring them in the traditional way, on a donkey, to the place where the production of edible olives takes place. In this context, an extensive reference is made to the characteristics of the Cretan olive grove, the way of its treatment and the process of fruit maturation until harvest.
Revival of one of the oldest Cretan customs, “Opsigias” (a construction of parallel rows of metal joined together by wires used for traditional production of raisins), a custom that tends to disappear in recent years. During this action, the participants transport grapes from the vineyard to a central location of the resort, where they perform the immerse “lousidiasma” of the grapes in a large bucket full of water and potash and then proceed to hang them in “opsigias”, where they remain hanged until they became raisins.
Revival of one of the oldest Cretan customs, “Xekilisma” (traditional grapes’ cleaning and raisins’ finish), a custom that tends to disappear in recent years.
Creta Maris Beach Resort organizes an interactive confectionery class on the preparation of "Soutzoukia" - a rich dessert, mainly consisting of nuts (half walnuts preferably), grape must with flour and a thin thread. During the interactive confectionery class participants learn first-hand the gourmet culture of the island by making one of the finest and most delicious Cretan desserts “Soutzoukia”, under the guidance of Mrs. Theano Metaxa, wife of the founder of the Metaxas Group, Nikolaos Metaxas.
During this action, the participants transport grapes from the vineyard to a central location of the resort, where they perform the immerse “lousidiasma” of the grapes in a large bucket full of water and potash and then proceed to hang them in “opsigias” (a construction of parallel rows of metal joined together by wires), where they remain hanged until they became raisins. At the end of the action the participants complete the authentic Cretan experience by tasting the famous Cretan Sultanina raisin, accompanied by aromatic tsikoudia from the Cretan vineyard, as well as by local dishes based on raisins.
Creta Maris Beach Resort organizes an interactive confectionery class on the preparation of "Sukopitarides" - small flattened balls of compressed dried figs. During the interactive confectionery class guests and employees gather in the resort’s gardens, where they collect the right figs and then bring them to the resort’s organic field, where perform the renowned recipe of one of the most traditional Cretan snack under the wise guidance of Mrs. Theano Metaxa.