With Gail Leonard and Michelle Reeves – watch Gail’s Fes Foodie film on the Guardian Website
Go Local – Traditional Moroccan cooking with the family
This Traditional Moroccan cookery class will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself not only in Moroccan cooking but also into the Moroccan culture and family life.
Your day will be hosted by a Moroccan family and will include visiting the souks and baking at the local farine, preparing food and finishing with a meal that you will share with the family in traditional Moroccan style.
The lesson will entail:
- Shopping at the local souk
- Bread making and taking the bread to the local farine for baking
- Preserving Lemons
- Traditional Moroccan Salads – what clients make will depend on the seasonal produce and can be decided on prior to the souk visit
- Cooking with Moroccan chermoula (specialty marinade)
- Moroccan Briwat
- Moroccan Tagine of your choice – also depends on the seasonal produce and can be decided on prior to your souk visit
- Making Mint Tea
Times available: Saturday – Thursday from 10am-4pm
Duration: 6 Hours
Minimum 2 people
2 – 3 people – £85.00 per person
4 – 5 people – £75.00 per person
6 or more people – £60.00 per person
Souk Tasting Trails (can include ‘on street’ cooking or bread baking)
Winding your way through the alleyways and souks with a Fes food expert, you will visit three different food souks giving you the chance to try traditional Moroccan street food including dried meats, milawi, harsha, briwats, spicy sardines, spicy potato cakes, soups, olives and much more. At the honey souk you can taste an array of delicious wild honeys, learn about their flavours and health-giving properties and find out why honey is so important in Moroccan cooking and Islamic culture.
You will see traditional cooking methods when visiting a furnatchi where the water for the communal hammam is heated, and a 400 year old furan or communal oven and bakery.
Under the safe guidance of a culinary leader and story-teller, you will discover the world of spices and their uses, as well as the secrets of the male-oriented domain of the tea.
- Try cooking “on-street‟ by shopping to fill up a terracotta urn (tanjia) to have embedded in the hot ashes of the furnachi for a rich and spicy Moroccan casserole, followed by a tasting tour.
- Learn to bake bread in the 400 year old community oven with the baker overseeing your hands-on efforts. Take your hot bread to the honey souk to try it with 8 wild honeys, aged butter or khlia (spicy dried beef).
Times available: Saturday – Thursday
Duration: 3.5 Hours
No lunch included but can be arranged at an additional cost
Minimum 2 people
2 – 3 people – £70.00 per person
4 – 5 people – £65.00 per person
6 or more people – £55.00 per person
Boutique winery tour and tasting in the Guerrouane region
A tour of a stunning vineyard nestled between the foothills of the Rif and the Middle Atlas Mountains. Your host – Christoph – fuses his Bordeaux wine-making expertise with the creative freedom he has in Morocco to produce the most delicious whites, rose and the Moroccan favourite “gris” made from Caladoc and Marselan grapes. The reds of the Volubilia label are produced from a mixture of around 50% cabernet sauvignon with Syrah, Tempranilla and Mourvedre.
You will enjoy the unusual privilege of the winemaker himself driving you around the vineyard and then talking you through a tasting. This is an exciting opportunity for wine lovers to discover the “New Morocco”.
The farm also produces an award-winning olive oil – and not just any award: Volubilia Extra Virgin gained the title Best Olive Oil in the World in 2006! Enjoy a traditional Moroccan lunch at the winery and then buy your favourites direct from the winery; red, white, rosé wines and prize-winning olive oil.
Times available: Mon – Sat (dependent on availability of winemaker)
Duration: 7 Hours
Alternative Option: Winery Tour & Tasting followed by Roman picnic and tour of Volubilis
Minimum 2 people
Transport to / from vineyard NOT included but can be arranged at an additional cost
2 – 3 people – £135.00 per person
4 – 5 people – £120.00 per person
6 or more people – £95.00 per person
Middle Atlas Traditional Couscous Tour
Have you ever wondered how couscous was made in Morocco before the days when factories produced thousands of kilos to sell worldwide every day? Here’s your chance to meet the women in the Middle Atlas town of Ribat El-Kheir to learn the art of hand-rolled couscous and experience the wonderful taste! An hour’s drive from Fes, you will travel through the beautiful scenery of the Atlas foothills surrounded by mountains and lush agriculture.
The town has a fascinating history; 50 years ago an assassination attempt of the previous King of Morocco was found to be have been planned by a tiny faction from a then nearby military base. The town was ex-communicated for 30 years, giving the innocent residents few opportunities to provide for their families. One example of them creating opportunities and increasing the standard of living for the residents is the Women‟s Association, who run their own bakery and will teach you this traditional skill. It is also possible to visit a weaving association overlooking the mountains.
Experience traditional rural life whilst learning the secrets of hand rolling traditional couscous from scratch with the women of the association, including cooking and eating it for lunch. After lunch, you can take a walk along the ridge to see the donkey-powered olive press and have mint-tea and olive oil tasting with the owner.
Times available: Tuesday – Sunday
Duration: Full day tour – approx. 7 hours.
Minimum 2 people
Transport to / from town NOT included but can be arranged at an additional cost
2 – 3 people – £110.00 per person
4 – 5 people – £95.00 per person
6 or more people – £75.00 per person
More tours and excursions details coming soon including:
- Cooking class at Clock Kitchen
- Dine with the Romans at Volubilis
- Suptuous dining and stunning sunsets atop Mount Zalagh
- Scorpion House – private dining overlooking sacred Moulay Idriss
Plus Cultural, Artisan and Historical tours – please ask for further details