Macaroni Carnival

Macaroni Carnival

“Macaroni Carnival” is a creative experiential workshop for children. It aims to facilitate understanding of the folklore and nutritional habits of Cretan people and their connection to the ancient Greek celebration of Anthestiria and the consumption of spaghetti as a reference to the worship of the dead that was popular in this period. During the workshop, the children become cooks and collectively prepare a special type of macaroni (Skioufichta) to honor the Carnival.
The purpose of the workshop is firstly to comprehend the relationship between the celebration and the tradition. And secondly to realize that these celebrations were closely related to some specific traditional foods.

Koutsounes or koukounares. Easter bread rolls

Koutsounes or koukounares. Easter bread rolls

The “Koutsounes or koukounares” program is an experiential workshop for the creation of the small Easter bread decorated with a red egg that was made by the housewives and was an Easter gift for young children. The shapes of this bread were inspired by the flora and fauna of Crete, but also from the world of children’s play.
The children become little cooks and make their own bunch of buns. The workshop evolves into a play of representation and operational process, emphasizing the central role of nutrition in the Cretan customs and tradition. At the same time it makes allusions to the cycle of time and the rotation of the seasons.

Easter egg painting in a natural way

Easter egg painting in a natural way

The program is a creative workshop where the children are taught the old traditional way of dying eggs, as well as the folklore stories around the whole process such as the egg, the red color, etc. which are beautifully unfolded during the workshop. It also promotes appreciation of the concept of recycling as it makes use of onion skins, seeds and other materials that give a natural red color. The children are actively involved throughout the workshop by reviving the entire traditional dyeing process.

The melomacarono – Christmas traditional recipe

The melomacarono – Christmas traditional recipe

The colors and aromas of Christmas enter into an experiential program for children. Children are mentally transferred to earlier times. Through play, active participation, illustrated and schematized presentation of the recipe, they are educated on both nutritional and folkloric values. The aim of the workshop is the transmission of healthy eating habits, but also the familiarization of children with handmade creations and the “rituals” of our culinary tradition that are increasingly disappearing from our everyday life.