Morocco Cooking Vacation: Fes Culinary Traditions
Fes is a city more than 1,000 years old, but don't let its dusty streets fool you. This north African city is at once mystical as well as rich in its history, architecture, art -- including its mosaics, and culture. And that's no where more apparent than in Fes's culinary traditions, which you can discover during a Morocco cooking vacation.
The Islamic medieval city is a bit like a labyrinth, what with its twisting, narrow streets in the city's old medina, but it's well worth navigating. After passing by the cemeteries, gardens, and the residential area, you'll come to the "working places," which are packed with souks, or markets, that have stalls grouped together based on what the vendors are offering. These colorful markets have everything from stalls of honey, dates, figs, and lemons, to tanneries, as well as rows upon rows of spices.
But the souks aren't the only places to discover Moroccan cuisine. From street food vendors to up-scale riad restaurants and cafes, discover flavors influenced by Berber, Roman, Jewish, and Arab cuisine. Many of the dishes -- such as tangines and couscous -- are cooked in ceramics, a tradition that dates back to the Romans.
You'll discover all this, and so much more, with a Morocco culinary vacation, such as our 9-night tour "Moroccan Flavors." Not only does this trip include a few days in Fes, the capital of the north, it also travels through Casablanca, Rabat, Marrakech, and Essaouira. Along the way, you'll learn about different cooking traditions based on the city you're in. During four hands-on cooking classes, you'll cook in a traditional dar, or house, as well as over charcoal in a Berber village. These classes, along with the tours and souk visits, make this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
By Liz Hall