We are thrilled to announce our new culinary tour of Israel!
What is Israeli cuisine? Why travel to Israel on a culinary tour? And what can you expect on our Israel culinary tours? We’ll answer these questions and more!
What is Israeli cuisine?
Israeli cuisine is based on many factors. For instance, it is based on thousands of years of history, its location in the Mediterranean basin, and an amazing influx of influences from other lands.
First, Jewish cuisine in Biblical times, which still informs much Jewish cuisine, was based on what were collectively known as the “seven species.” These are:
Therefore, to journey through centuries of Jewish cuisine on an Israel food tour takes all these ingredients into account, and then marries them with the rich history of Jewish celebration foods.
But of course modern Israeli cuisine is not just based on Jewish culinary traditions. As one of the main holy sites for Christians and Muslims, many different cultural and religious culinary traditions are alive and represented in the nation’s gastronomy. Furthermore, its geography in the Mediterranean makes it akin to other Middle Eastern and Arabic cuisines, with a strong strain of Mediterranean influences.
In addition to its geographic position, there are other factors informing modern Israeli cuisine. For instance, after the founding of the state of Israel after the second World War, many Jewish groups from nations around the world brought their culinary traditions to Israel. And this makes its modern cuisine one of the most remarkable fusion cuisines to be found. You will find characteristics of Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, and Sephardic culinary traditions. But you will also find traces of cuisines hailing from Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and, to a lesser degree, western European nations.
Why Travel to Israel on a Culinary Tour?
First, you will be exploring one of the most intriguing of modern fusion cuisines, as mentioned above. Second, by visiting Israel on a culinary tour, you will have the chance to explore local customs. This will help you learn about the way of life that goes far beyond the sound bites you see on the news. You will visit the local markets in multi-sensory experiences that will engage you in every way. And you will cook with local Israeli chefs and with a Palestinian family to learn more about the complex cultural and religious diversity that forms one of the foundations of the regional identity. And, like with any culinary tour we offer, you will have an “in” to the authentic life of the place. It is a way to meet the locals, make new friends, and savor the authenticity of the destination.
Food is our common ground, a universal experience.
– James Beard
What Else Can You Expect on Our Israel Culinary Tours?
Of course, our guided Israel culinary tours include a rich array of historical and cultural experiences as well. You will visit cities that have been around for millennia, as well as churches and temples that are among the most revered in the world. In addition, you will see ancient fortresses, modern museums, and places of amazing natural beauty. Just think of the Old City of Jerusalem and Akko (Acre), of the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, or of the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve. Or the ancient city of Jaffa and the fortress of Masada built by Herod the Great.
If you travel with us to this complex and fascinating destination on an Israel culinary tour, you will discover a truly unique and authentic culinary and cultural experience.
By Peg Kern
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