Food Tour in Athens! Food in Greek culture is much more than just eating! It is a ritual! Wine, beer and more often Tsipouro, Raki and Ouzo is the path to the ritual. The food is slow as is the drinking. The tastes several and different. Sea food, meat, cheese, sausages, salads, olives, bread are all combined to make sure that we have an experience. The time of the day when Greeks gather around the table to enjoy a meal or various hors d’oeuvres (mezedes) with ouzo is a tradition that every Greek maintains with reverence. A deeply entrenched social custom is when Greeks share a meal with friends at home, in a restaurant or a tavern. The Greek word “symposium” -a word that is as old as Greece itself- literally means “drinking with friends”.
The Greek Taverna
The atmosphere in an ordinary Greek restaurant or tavern is relaxing, simple and informal. The preparation of the food on the other hand has its own sacred rules. Good amateur cooks are highly respected in their social circle, while a good housewife in Greece mainly signifies a good cook. And a good cook can spend days preparing a meal for his/her friends.
For the average resident of Athens food is much more than simple sustenance. It is a hobby, a part of history, an endless passion. Traditional cuisine is passed down from one generation to the next. It also operates as an expression of cultural identity. Immigrants bring the food of their countries with them wherever they go and cooking traditional food is a way of preserving their culture when they move to new places. Athens is a cultural crossroads between the West and the East and that is strongly expressed and reflected through the local cuisine and its flavors.
Eating as a ritual
Sip a glass of ouzo or wine with grilled octopus or any other Greek dish while sitting under the shade of a tree in a small tavern by the sea on an island in the Aegean. When you return home, try to repeat this experience by preparing the same meal and serving the same drink.
Wherever you try to repeat this, you will soon realize that it does not “taste” the same. It’s not that something is wrong with your palate or your culinary skills; it’s that the Greek ritual when eating a meal –mainly a combination of what you are eating and where you are eating it- cannot be repeated, extracted or copied. It is simply something you can only find, taste and enjoy in Greece!
Food and Sightseeing
Athens is an amazing place that offers a unique opportunity to combine archaeological visits with food and food tours. with Food Tour in Athens, we suggest authentic spots, fascinating storytelling, Greek customs and traditions, unforgettable local flavors! Food for Greeks is fun! The recipe of fun moments and wonderful memories. Join our Athens experiential food and culture tours for a chance to experience the true Greek lifestyle!
Walk through the city with a local host and discover all the ins and outs of life in Athens. Go with a real food tour and not the ordinary food tastings! Greeks savior food and they enjoy it, we do not rush food! Why should you make a choice that will not give you the real experience! Choose a food tour with a lot of different spots and real food not just tasting! Avoid the tourist traps, the small food so called tours. Get a real one!