Mariana Kavroulaki, founder and main organizer.
Having a background in Archaeology and Sociology and passion for experimental archaeology and historical foodways, Mariana Kavroulaki specializes in the Greek food history and sensory food- archaeology. She also has a keen interest in the imagined narratives because they have the power to provide us with alternative ways to rethink the past.
She is the founder and soul of Greek Culinary History and Cooking Adventures , where she explores the evolution of Greek cuisine throughout the centuries and the relationship between food and art as participatory performance with socio-historical focus. Her projects not only encourage people to rethink historical dining through period cookery lessons, food walking tours, multi-sensory dinners and interactive lectures but also use food as symbol, metaphor and allegory creating moments of wonder and deep emotions.
Mariana Kavroulaki is the author of many articles and two books: the “Language of Taste” – a dictionary of Greek Gastronomy (Gourmand award 2012)- and the “Adventure of food in Greece” (under publ. Hestia). She is currently at work on “Fear cuisine: The impact of financial crisis on the cooking in Greece”. Mariana blogs at History of Greek Food .
Historical, Folklore and Archaeological Society of Crete, co-organizer (2013, 2017).
Active since 1968, HFAS is a scholarly and research society founded by prominent Chaniotes and headquartered in Chania.
The aims of the Society are set out in its Rules as follows:
- The study and promotion of Cretan history.
- The discovery, collection, maintenance, preservation, restoration, repair and scientific research of Cretan antiquities, including Christian, Byzantine, Venetian and other monuments.
- The study of ancient Cretan everyday life and the exploration of various questions related to Byzantine and Medieval History, Archaeology and Art.
- The promotion of interest in Cretan history, archaeology, folklore and art.