A Feast for the Senses in Morocco
About the location: The city of Fes was founded in 789 and for more than 400 years, it was the capital of Morocco. Today, it’s still Morocco’s intellectual and cultural capital. It’s also the oldest and largest medieval city in the world, with over 200,000 people currently living within the medina walls. It’s vibrant and alive — almost unchanged for hundreds of years. During your Moroccan cooking vacation, you’ll see the highlights of life in the medina: the historical and cultural sites that have made Fes a world heritage city, the donkeys and mules that are the predominant means of transportation through the narrow streets and the souks (markets) and craftsmen. You’ll learn about the traditional foods of Morocco through hands-on cooking classes and gastronomic visits—you will see olive oil pressed as it was hundreds of years ago, and you’ll see ouarka and couscous being made by hand — methods unchanged for hundreds of years.
Your home for the week is at Dar Seffarine, a magnificently restored 14th-century palace in the heart of the medina. During your stay in the six room maison d’hote your hosts Kate and Alaa will make you feel completely at home. Your guide for the week will either be Lindan, who has been leading trips in Morocco for many years, or her assistant Idriss.
About the lessons: During your four hands-on cooking classes, Chef Lahcen will teach you how to make the traditional dishes that are central to Moroccan cuisine: tagines, couscous and b’stila, a myriad of salads, breads, and desserts; and you’ll learn about the spices and key ingredients necessary to make authentic Moroccan cuisine.
Fes is a fascinating city and during your walking tours, you will have a glimpse of it’s long and noble history. The riad is magnificent and comfortable, and although your cooking classes are intense, they are always fun and informal. It is a week of great food in a historically and culturally spectacular city, with plenty of time to relax with your fellow Moroccan food enthusiasts to share stories and a glass of wine.