17 Days Cooking Holidays in Morocco

  • House of Fusion Marrakech, Marrakech - Tizi n’Tichka Pass - High Atlas Mountains - Sahara Desert, Morocco

Overview

Exclusive Food Tour Morocco

You are invited on a Moroccan escapade in Marrakech where you will sleep and dine sumptuously, enjoy a High Atlas gourmet picnic, immerse yourselves in fusion and traditional cooking classes, market in newly learned Arabic, and shop the souks for hearts' desires. You will then head off to the Sahara where you will have a class with a family near the Algerian border, sleep en-suite in a tent beneath the dunes, in an auberge upon the desert sands.

Highlights

  • 4 cooking classes
  • 6-night inclusive road trip
  • Shop at traditional markets
  • Degustation dinner and gourmet picnics
  • 1 hammam gommage and massage
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with drinks
  • Airport transfers

Group sizes

The maximum participants in the group is 6.

  • 15 days with instruction
  • English
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On this exclusive holiday, you will spend 10 nights at the House of Fusion Marrakech. You will also spend one night in an auberge (an inn) at a hidden oasis, two nights in a desert auberge upon the sands, one night in an en-suite camp, and two nights in a kasbah (a fortress).

House of Fusion Marrakech

The rooms of this lovely riad are reserved exclusively for guests booking culinary holidays. All rooms are doubles, except for Itri, which is a twin or king room. All en-suite bathrooms are inspired by Philippe Starck and have cascading glass hand basins. Bedrooms all have bedding by Simmons, walls of tadelahkt, tiled floors, regional rugs, French antique bed linen, antique Kasbah door headboards, toiletries, and fresh flowers.

The laundry services in House of Fusion Marrakech are included in the price. Your clothes will be washed, dried under the Moroccan sun, ironed or folded with a whoosh of rose water to finish. In House of Fusion Marrakech, you will find shampoo and body lotion in your room, and theres a fabulous hairdressing supply shop nearby if you want specialty shampoos. The riad has sun block for guests.

Friday - October 13, 2017

Welcome feast with Moroccan wines.

Saturday - October 14, 2017 - Gourmet picnic day

  • 07:45 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart from riad for gourmet picnic day along the Tizi n Test Pass to the mosque at Tin Mal followed by dinner and wine in the riad

Sunday - October 15, 2017 - 8 dish Moroccan fusion class

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:50 Class begins with a discussion as to the lunch menu
  • 13:00 Lunch followed by free time
  • 19:30 Champagne and tapas
  • 20:30 Visit to the big square, Djmna F'na for ginseng tea and sellou

Monday - October 16, 2017 - Day trip to Essaouira

  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 07:30 Two-hour drive to Essaouira, a Portuguese settled port, to stroll the ancient medina with its artisans now occupying what had been chandlers' buildings, under the ramparts beside the sea wall. You will lunch at terrace top overlooking the Atlantic, where gulls the size of small cars circle and call as if in greeting for a wonderful time (drinks with lunch are not included) followed by dinner and wine at the riad.

Tuesday - October 17, 2017 - 10 dish lunch and dinner class

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Discussion as to the day's menu and optional trip to the market to shop
  • 10:00 Prep begins
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 19:30 Dinner and wine

Wednesday - October 18, 2017 - Cooking in a Berber village kitchen

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 90-minute drive to a valley village where it is market day. You will choose produce to cook for lunch with the family who awaits you with morning tea and their kitchen prepped. Mustapha, the glorious driver, will be with you translating the Berber of this region and telling the stories. After lunch, you will walk ancient olive groves and fields of bounty. This is followed by dinner and wine at the riad.

Thursday - October 19, 2017 - Shopping extravaganza

  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Visit souks
  • 14:00 Lunch inside the medina followed by dinner on a terrace of a hip restaurant (drinks are not included)

Friday - October 20, 2017 - Road trip to desert begins

  • 06:45 Breakfast
  • 07:30 Depart the riad for the Tizn Tichka Pass and the oasis

Traveling up and over the Tizn Tichka Pass to an auberge in a hidden oasis, where you will stroll the riverbed, through the palms and fruit trees and dine terrace top in the most wonderful of settings, a trillion miles from everywhere.

Saturday - October 21, 2017 - To the desert

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:15 Drive through the spectacular scenery of Morocco's important date growing area, where the palms flow like a river all the way to Mauritania. You will stop at the Saturday market of Nkob, where date sellers will have their produce laid in makeshift stalls or in the open, where the bargaining fills the air and of which you will be a part, claiming a box to take to tomorrow's desert class for Fatima to make date honey with you.
  • You will have a roadside barbecue lunch here before continuing up the middle of Morocco to Rissani and then it's only half an hour to the turn off to the desert auberge. Dinner and wine at the auberge and perhaps a swim.

Sunday - October 22, 2017 - Cooking up a desert storm

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Depart the auberge for the class ‘cooking up a desert storm’ with Fatima and her family in their desert home, 30 minutes from the Algerian border.
  • Today’s class will be cooking the food of the region and cooking it in the community oven, pre-dating Islam. After lunch, you will go to an emporium hidden away to buy your scarves for the ride into the desert for dinner and the night, sleeping in en-suite delight, later in the afternoon. Tonight is grog free.

Monday - October 23, 2017 - Pre-dawn dune climb

Climb the dune pre sunup, for a sunrise spectacular, this will take from 15 to 30 minutes. Then it’s a slide down the dune to breakfast before climbing aboard your camel and returning to the auberge for a lazy day beside the pool before a wonderful starlit dinner with red wine, once more. For those of you who love to write, you could spend time with Edwina doing some diary writing beside the pool.

Tuesday - October 24, 2017 - To the kasbah

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Drive to the kasbah. You will lunch along the way under vines and arrive at the kasbah mid afternoon in time for a wonderful walk through the kasbahs below yours and through fields of nut trees and palms beside the river. Dinner, red wine, and the night in the kasbah.

Wednesday - October 25, 2017 - Hidden gorge picnic day

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Depart the kasbah for the hidden gorge, climbing higher than the sky, and passing the most wonderful earth-built villages and scenery to keep you knocked off your socks. Dinner and red wine in the kasbah.

Thursday - October 26, 2017 - To Marrakech

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 08:45 Trip to Marrakech with lunch in a garden along the way. A wonderful dinner awaits in the riad, prepped by Hasna.

Friday - October 27, 2017 - Hamman and massage

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Off to the Marjorelle Gardens, this is an option for those of you who would love to go, others may prefer to shop or pack or loll until lunch
  • 13:00 Lunch in the riad
  • 14:30 The ladies begin their hammam and massage while the men go for their nose, neck, and ear trim and a barber shop shave, nearby with Hakim, the barber
  • 16:00 The men begin their massage and hammam
  • 18:30 Champagne in the riad
  • 19:30 Depart the riad for the degustation menu in the Palmeraie (drinks tonight extra)

Saturday - October 28, 2017 - Soup, tanjia, pastries, and a farewell feast with wines

  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Prepping the tanjia to marinade until you walk it to the hammam coals around noon. Then it's the soup prep followed by pastries
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 An afternoon in the souks for a little more shopping
  • 20:00 Tanjia farewell dinner and wines

Sunday - October 29, 2017

Flights back home.

  • Camel ride
  • Cooking in a Berber village
  • Explore Sahara Desert
  • Gourmet picnic day along the Tizi n Test Pass
  • Meet and cook with a Moroccan family, 30 minutes from the Algerian border
  • Scenic drive through Draa Valley and Rissani
  • Shopping in traditional markets for ingredients and souvenirs
  • Visit the 12th century Tin Mal Mosque
  • Visit the spice traders' market in Taliouine
  • Edwina Golombek

    Edwina grew up in a home where dinner parties and entertaining were the life blood. She was a medical social worker. It was not until July 2000, when having shed everything, she left Australia bound for Spain with receipts for things to follow. Later, she bought a riad in Morocco, adding another culinary destination to her seeming empire. In February 2007, the doors were flung open in welcome.

This vacation will take place in Morocco, including Marrakech and certain areas of the High Atlas Mountains and the Sahara desert.

On this amazing holiday, you will be served 14 breakfasts, 15 lunches, and 16 dinners. You will learn to cook and taste Moroccan specialties such as tanija, and you will also learn about Japanese treats like miso soup, vegetable tempura, sushi, sushi rice, and hanimaki. You will also discover the secrets of Moroccan tea by preparing it and tasting it.

Degustation sample menu

First course

  • Blistered eggplants in a chermoula of sweet red paprika, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and caramelized onion
  • A duo of wakha wraps; honey salted eggplants or caramelized peppers

Second course

  • Tanjia of lamb cooked over eight hours in the hammam coals
  • Butter roasted spiced and floured vegetables
  • Glazed zucchini shavings
  • Saffron mashed potatoes
  • Tomato jam

Dessert

  • Rosewater meringues folded over roasted almonds and caramelized orange zest served on a bed of chocolate ganache

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

On day 16, you can relax in the hammam (sauna), request a massage, or go to the barber shop.

  • 1 cooking class with a tribal desert family
  • 3 cooking classes at the House of Fusion Marrakech
  • 6 nights fully inclusive road trip
  • 16 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals with wine
  • Degustation Dinner at Les Deux Tours, the Palmeraie
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • God and Goddess pamper afternoon (hammam gommage and massage)
  • Gourmet picnic day along the Tiz n Test Pass
  • Beverages at two dinners and one lunch

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK). Transfer from and to this airport is included in the price. House of Fusion Marrakech will pick you up from the airport.

For information about the booking conditions, please send House of Fusion Marrakech an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "I took the class on December 19, 2016, on my own. The location is in the medina, very easy to find with the help of Google maps. The house is beautifully decorated. The teacher, Edwina, is from Melbourne, Australia. Her helper is a young Moroccan lady who does not speak a lot of English. They are very nice people. "

    "I discussed the things that I would like to learn with Edwina. Then, she taught me some Arabic words, which I used when we were shopping for meat and veggies in the local market. I made 10 delicious dishes and finished most of them. I came back to my hotel with a full belly, a happy heart, and a new friend. I strongly recommend it to people who love cooking and love Moroccan flavors. Thank you, Edwina!"

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  • Review by Sheryl W. from Melbourne, Australia

    "Edwina's riad is both elegant and comfortable, you immediately feel very much at home. Apart from being a beautiful place to stay at, it is situated right in the medina so you can easily walk to the square and soak up the wonderful atmosphere of old Marrakech. At relatively short notice, Edwina cooked our group a delicious tapas dinner, which was the best food we had tasted during our whole trip to Morocco. Edwina also makes a pretty deadly mojito! Perhaps the highlight for me though was the cooking class the following day. I was fortunate to have a one-on-one session with Edwina. We talked, we laughed, we cried, and we cooked! Together we prepared the most amazing eight-course lunch. Back home in Melbourne some of these dishes, including the beetroot and orange soup, are now part of my standard repertoire. The whole experience was just amazing. Thanks, Edwina."

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  • Review by Judy from Melbourne, Australia

    "It was a celebration and an adventure in a wonderful country full of friendly people. Edwina's riad is stunning, restful, and elegant. Our cooking classes were fun and enlightening, not forgetting shopping for our ingredients in the market trying out our skills in Arabic. The road trip was marvelous but tiring at times. We were privileged to visit much more than the usual tourist route. Two extra days would be good."

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  • Review by a traveler from Melbourne, Australia

    "The House of Fusion is a wonderful, colorful reflection of its owner, the gorgeous Edwina. The riad, in the heart of old Marrakech, has been beautifully renovated. The bedrooms and bathrooms are very comfortable with personal touches. The riad abounds with art work and many collectables. Our road trip with Edwina through Morocco was an adventure to non-tourist areas. The House of Fusion cooking classes are fabulous!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Mexico City, Mexico

    "We wandered into the house, intrigued by the name, and stumbled into a wonderful experience. Edwina, the owner, is a gem. We left the riad Dar and had a wonderful experience with cooking classes, as well as a wonderful guide to Morocco. Rooms were comfortable and the food was great."

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  • Review by a traveler from Melbourne, Australia

    "We stayed here for five nights as part of a cooking program with Edwina. If you are looking for the tourist experience with average tagines and usual spots visited, then do not come here. If you want to see some less visited places like the extraordinary Tinmal Mosque and have tea with a Berber family, then this is the place. Having said that, the real highlight here is the food. No place we ate at, including the Richard Branson Kasbah Tamadot and Relaix and Chateaux, came close to Edwina's food. These were the most sparkling flavors I have ever experienced. You have to try her version of a pigeon b'stilla; of course, after you try the beetroot orange soup and the amazing chicken with lemon tagine. Make sure you still leave some room for an astonishing rose water meringue with saffron custard."

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  • Review by Jenny from Wallington, Australia

    "It was a relaxed home-stay riad in the heart of the medina; we had very good Moroccan cooking lessons. We also had excursions into the countryside with opportunities to meet local Moroccans, camel riding, and an overnight stay in the Sahara. There were carpet buying opportunities and attractive overnight stays on excursions. A little more of free time was needed to visit gardens, galleries, and palaces, but this could be arranged with Edwina, who is very accommodating."

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  • Review by a traveler from Leigh-on Sea, UK

    "We were staying down the road and walked past the House of Fusion each day. We were delighted with the fact that Edwina provided cooking courses. We booked the full half-day, which runs from 08:50 to 15:30 and starts with a chat about the type of food we wanted to cook and how to order it in Arabic. The trip to the market was great fun and I must say it was the freshest chicken I have ever cooked. The cooking was brilliant and we both learned so much about a great range of dishes, some of which I have already re-created at home to the delight of my family. Not only did we take part in the cooking course, we also had our New Year meal, which was delicious and mouth-watering. It was also lovely to sit with Edwina at the end of the evening and just chat about how she ended up in Marrakesh. It was a lovely evening that my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks for a great experience; I am looking forward to returning in the future."

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  • Review by Chris from Sydney, Australia

    "Big thanks to Edwina for a great day's cooking. Authentic food, friendly company, and lots of tips and tricks for back home. Low key, local operation is very laid back; the visit to the local markets was very eye-opening and a great feature, while the food cooked and recipes were delicious!"

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Marrakech , Morocco

House of Fusion Marrakech is a residential and day cooking school that offers gourmet holidays throughout the south of Morocco.

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Arrival: Friday October 13, 2017
Departure: Sunday October 29, 2017

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