The Region of Crete - Regional Unit of Rethymno, in the frame of the project GEFSIS TOUR (Programme "Greece-Cyprus 2007-2013"), created the Centre of Cretan Gastronomy, housed in the renovated neoclassical building "Manousaki" in the village of Argiroupoli, 23 km from the city Rethymno. This is a modern Culinary Centre, which was inaugurated in the spring of 2014. Through the operation of thematic exhibition points and implementation of events, cooking demonstrations and wine - tasting actions, the Centre promotes the Cretan diet model as well as the qualified products under the brand name "CRETE".
The Centre is fully equipped and has a reception room, professional kitchen equipment and exhibition room with local products and thematic corners as: Cretan diet, Cretan vineyard, olive and olive oil, Cretan herbs, Fruits and vegetables, Cereals and pastries, Dairy and animal production. There are also provided:
- Ιnfo point: Informative material about the Cretan diet, traditional recipes and the culture of Crete.
- Ιnfo-Touring in Crete: Ιnformation for culinary and touristic routes.
- Library and free access to audiovisual material.
Visitors are offered traditional Cretan treat and a mini guided tour in the Centre’s premises by its staff. Visiting the Centre could be ideally combined with a tour at the archaeological sites of Argiroupolis (Ancient Lappa), the famous springs of Agia Dinami, the European E4 path that crosses the region and many other nearby destinations of naturalistic, religious, archaeological and cultural interest. The actions and the benefits arising from the Centre's operation are of regional and cross-border scope, coupled with a corresponding structure which operates in Cyprus.