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Make traditional Cypriot halloumi cheese

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.Pera Oreinis, Cyprus

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Experience hosted by Sara

3.5 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 10 people
Hosted in Greek, English, Italian

What you'll do

Visit us at our traditional stone-built Aperanti Agrotourism and join me (Sara) and my mother-in-law Maroulla in making the cheese that every Cypriot is proud of: halloumi cheese !
Maroulla is 70 years old and will bring to the experience the knowledge of the hand-made procedure that has been passed to her family from generation to generation. You will be able to assist us in some of the steps and to try the freshly-made cheeses as soon as they are out of the pot ! And off course you will get soft skin by dipping your hand in the warm milk inside the big pot! Anari cheese (similar to ricotta) is also produced as a by-product during the same process.
At the end of the process, you will try both cheeses directly out of the pot and you will also taste some of our other products (home-made jams, olive pies, olive oil, olives in brine) and enjoy our home-made fresh lemonade.
I will also take you for a short guided walk around our village and you will learn its history and how people were living here 100 years ago.
Visit us at our traditional stone-built Aperanti Agrotourism and join me (Sara) and my mother-in-law Maroulla in making the cheese that every Cypriot is proud of: halloumi cheese !
Maroulla is 70 years old and will bring to the experience the knowledge of the hand-made procedure that has been passed to her family from generation to generation. You will be able to assist us in some of the steps and to try the freshly-made cheeses as soon as…

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What's included

  • Food
    Together with the tasting of the prepared cheese, you will also try some of...
  • Drinks
    We will serve you a home-made lemonade, during the cheese tasting.
From $55
/ person
Fri, Nov 6
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person
Fri, Nov 13
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person
Fri, Nov 20
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
$55 per person
$55 per person

Meet your host, Sara

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 5 Reviews
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Myself and my partner Tassos have opened our B&B Aperanti Agrotourism since 2013. We are passionate about food and we grow our own biological vegetables and fruits, which we use in our cuisine. Tassos' mum (Maroulla) comes from a family of shepherds and she learnt to make Halloumi cheese since the age of 12 years old, following the original recipe that her family had passed from generation to generation. People from all over the world had visited our agrotourism to learn how to make halloumi cheese by hand and to try it fresh out of the pot!
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Where you'll be

The workshop will be held in the yard of our agrotourism, a 104-year old house built with stones, wood and mud bricks following the traditional architecture of our area. You will learn how people were living and working in these houses a century ago. During the break of the cheese making we will have a short stroll around the village, learning about its history while visiting the main square and walking through narrow picturesque alleys.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Alice
October 2020
Loved this very unique experience with Sara and Maroula. It was so wonderful to get out of the city and have this beautiful morning in a village learning about traditional food preparation, it was very special. The food was also very, very delicious!
Loved this very unique experience with Sara and Maroula. It was so wonderful to get out of the city and have this beautiful morning in a village learning about traditional food pre…
Femke
March 2020
This was such a unique experience. Very authentic. Learning old traditional cheese making from locals. Lovely hosts, very warm and friendly, made us feel very welcome. I’m so glad we did this and would really recommend it. The halloumi workshop was great (will definitely try this at home too!), lovely personal tour around the old village, and a delicious lunch to finish it all off. Excellent!!
This was such a unique experience. Very authentic. Learning old traditional cheese making from locals. Lovely hosts, very warm and friendly, made us feel very welcome. I’m so glad…
Anna
January 2020
This is AMAZING! Maybe it’s the best trip on Cyprus we’ve ever had, and yes, no one mentioned but haloumi cheese we made was soooo tasty! I totally recommend.
Shani
January 2020
Highly recommend spending a day with this lovely family at their beautiful home. We had fun learning how to make two types of cheeses, touring their village, and learning about the history and culture of this region. And the lunch was delicious!
Highly recommend spending a day with this lovely family at their beautiful home. We had fun learning how to make two types of cheeses, touring their village, and learning about th…
Julee
December 2019
We had an absolutely wonderful time, not just learning about how this most iconic of Cypriot cheeses is made but also getting a small taste of life in a traditional Cypriot village. The cheese making process started with the make and we watched Maroulla expertly transform it into the squeeky cheese that I had grown to love in my first few days in Cyprus. She also showed us how to make anari cheese which is similar to Italian ricotta. The process does take time and during one stretch, Sara took us on a walk through the village so we could get an idea of what life is like here. Our time ended with a sampling of foods made by Sara, fellow villagers and of course, the halloumi and anari made by Maroulla. If you've never had fresh made cheese, you are truly missing out so if you are in Cyprus, I would highly recommend booking this experience!
We had an absolutely wonderful time, not just learning about how this most iconic of Cypriot cheeses is made but also getting a small taste of life in a traditional Cypriot village…

Choose from available dates

3 available
  • Fri, Nov 6
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    $55 per person
  • Fri, Nov 13
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    $55 per person
  • Fri, Nov 20
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    $55 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

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