Cretan Diet Festival – Wine Activities

The Municipality of Rethymno revives one of its oldest cultural institutions, “The Cretan Diet Festival”. The events are clearly oriented to the promotion of awarded Cretan products, especially the local wine. The Cretan Diet has long been hailed as healthy, based on the high-fibre fresh fruits, vegetables and pulses, as well as on fresh fish and diary products. The Festival is organized this July, 1-7. Its a week full of tastes, colours and music showcasing high-quality Cretan products. During the events are offered:

  • Trade fares of Cretan Products
  • Food and wine seminars where visitors can be informed by experts about the methods of production, their attributes, their high quality standards and their health benefits.
  • Special menus offered by restaurants and hotels based on local products and ingredients.
  • Many more cultural events with the participation of well-known Cretan artists as well as from the rest of Greece.

Find bellow all the wine events offered

Monday, July, 2

20:00 Wine (is) bonds: Wine culture, cultural ties and common traditions in Mediterranean countries.Wine-growers, oenologists, and cooks from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Crete present wines and dishes of their own countries with a common denominator.

Tuesday, July 3

20:00 Wine is fun: Thodoris Lelekas, Ted to his friends, journalist, wine blogger, vice president of the International Federation of Wine and Spirit Journalist and Writers (FIJEV), rated as one of the top 20 most widespread sommeliers worldwide, and Vasilis Leonidou, a chef of Kapsaliana Village Hotel, awarded as the world’s leading olive oil chef for 2017, by the worldwide olive oil guide FLOS OLEI, present, taste, speak and cook with rosé wines of Crete.

20:30 Stand-up comedy with K. Papageorgiou and A. TsouvelaThe comedy actors and radio producers Kostas Papageorgiou and Alexandros Tsouvelas, with great experience in the field of interactive comedy, perform a STAND-UP COMEDY show with prose, improvisations, dialogs with the public, imitations and merciless satire. They will say a lot about wine and drinking and not only, in an evening… crazy in every aspect!

Wednesday, July 4

20:00 Crete in a glass – Wine Cocktail Party Known Rethymnian mixologists make delicious, cool, signature cocktails, using exclusively wine, from the famous Rethymnian variety Vidanos and other interesting products of the Cretan land. With a participation by the award-winning: Giorgos Dendakis, founder of the company “The arts of cocktail”- bar consulting and training, cocktail catering and Lefteris Broupis, bartender of Boheme in Chania, winner of the “Diplomatico World Tournament” with participation in the London final. Beloved DJ’s from the town are in charge of the music.

Thursday, July 5

20:30 Liatiko: the historic wine of Rethymnon: Interactive presentation and tasting of Liatiko, the variety which historically originates from Rethymnon. Participation by the winemaker Stelios Klados and the Sommeliers: Nikos Angelakis, Iro Koliakoudaki, Evi Dendraki, Dionysis Anastasopoulos, Giannis Papadomanolakis and Joyce Ghosn

Friday, July 6

20:00 Wine Baskets: Interactive presentation and matching of Cretan varieties and flavors by G. Papadomanolakis, Y. Koliakoudaki, E. Dendraki, S. Klados, D. Anastasopoulos and J. Ghosn

Find the programm HERE.

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