RETASTE: Rethink Food Resources, Losses, and Waste 4th International Conference, Heraklion, Greece, September 25-27, 2024

Excursion

The RETASTE2024 excursion will take place on Saturday the 28th of September, from 09:00 (departure from Heraklion, a second stop will be in Archanes) and returning around 16:00 (again to Heraklion).

All Full Delegates and Scientific Committee members will be able to participate for free (early or late registration alike). Attending Delegates and Students will need to pay an extra 25€. During your registration you will be asked to decide if you will participate.

The excursion will include four guided tours.

Composting plant for presorted organic fraction of solid waste

The composting plant located at “Rimabella” in Metaxochori, within the Municipality of Archanes – Asterousia, serves as a vital facility for the management and processing of presorted organic waste. This plant specializes in handling organic fractions that have been separated at the source, ensuring that only material suitable for composting is processed. The facility plays a crucial role in promoting sustainable waste management practices in the region by converting organic waste into compost, a valuable resource for agriculture and landscaping. By doing so, it not only helps in reducing landfill usage and greenhouse gas emissions but also supports local agricultural practices by providing farmers with high-quality compost that enhances soil health and fertility. The operation of the plant at Rimabella reflects the municipality’s commitment to environmental sustainability and its efforts to implement eco-friendly waste management solutions.

Monastery of Agios Georgios Epanosifis

The male monastery of Agios Georgios Epanosifis is one of the most important monasteries in Crete for its spiritual and social offer. The monastery is 30 kilometers from Heraclion, at about the centre of the Cretan prefecture and of Crete generally.
The monastery was built in the last period of the Venetian occupation and was so famous that, later, became the largest pilgrimage in Crete. The precise date of its establishment is still unknown.
The most important account on the establishing of the monastery is that of Deacon Iakovos written on the 26th of January 1864. In his text, “ Diigis” (i.e. narration), he refers to the establishing of the monastery by a monk, Paisios, who had begun from the Apezana monastery in order to to go to the Agarathos monastery, because of internal quarrels. He spent the night in the property of Laguvardos, near Kako Chorio (the today village of Metaxochori) and there he built the Epanosifis monastery after the intervention of Agios Georgios (St John) himself.
The name Epanosifis was given by Laguvardos, lord of the area, for whom two shepherds, both named Sifis, worked. For distinguishing them, he gave the names Epano (i.e. up) and Kato (i.e. down) Sifis. And so the name, Agios Georgios Epanosifis, was set. According to tradition, the grassland of Kato- Sifis was the village Charaki, where an old church of Agios Georgios is.
The activity and the contribution of the monastery during the Turkish occupation is very important with many written stories about then. It should be mentioned that many travelers and sufferers of Crete found shelter in the monastery.

Wine tasting and light lunch

Functioning as core production of bottled wines, Prefecture of Heraklion, provided the initial impulse for what would then develop into Wines of Crete.
All under the umbrella of Wines of Crete and a collective scheduling of activities. The main objectives of the whole action are two. On the one hand, the promotion and recognition of Cretan wine, both inside and outside Greece now, and on the other, the development of wine-tourist mainstream on the island, taking advantage of a series of ‘tourist’ advantages the island displays.

Nikos Kazantzakis Museum

The Kazantzakis Museum pays tribute to the important intellectual, author, thinker, philosopher, politician, and traveler Nikos Kazantzakis.
The Museum is made up of a cluster of buildings in the central square of the historical village of Varvari, now known as Myrtia. The Museum Exhibition is housed on a site formerly occupied by the home of the Anemoyannis family, which was related to Nikos Kazantzakis’ father, Kapetan Michalis.
The Museum was founded in 1983 by set and costume designer Yiorgos Anemoyannis, a pioneering figure in Greek theatre. His fundamental aim was to preserve the author’s memory and promote his work and thought. Significant assistance was offered by Eleni Kazantzaki, the author’s second wife.