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4 Days Farm-to-Table Vegan & Vegetarian Culinary Holiday at the Picturesque Petrichor Farm in India

Petrichor Farms, North Zone, Gorubathan, Kalimpong District, West Bengal, India

Culinary Workshop in India

To preserve, share, and spread the glorious and self-sustainable culinary tradition of the Nepalese community plus the regional food specialties, Petrichor Farm Yoga provides hands-on cooking lessons that are taught by local women using vegetarian recipes that have been handed down through generations. Petrichor Farm Yoga also offers cooking lessons on raw and vegan cuisine. With most produce being sourced from Petrichor Farm Yoga's permaculture gardens and surrounding farms, it makes this an ideal setting to create a new understanding of gastronomy that links the act of eating with the act of producing, along with all phases in between.

Meet the instructors

Sweta
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Highlights

  • Learn cooking Nepalese recipes
  • Prepare vegetarian and plant-based cuisines
  • Use freshest ingredients from Petrichor Farm's food forest
  • Take part in question-and-answer sessions
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Farm tour

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi, Nepali
Group size: 4-6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Bagdogra Airport (US$33 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Petrichor Farm is a perfect getaway from your regular life, to rejuvenate and relax amidst the serenity of a forest farm. They have a small dip pool where guests can swim, a yoga deck, a small library, a souvenir / handicraft cum farm produce store, and an evening movie deck among beautiful surroundings.

You can wander off on your own for amazing hiking and biking trails among the woods, the tea gardens or along the river. Gorumara National Park and Neora Valley National Park are close destinations from the farm.

The accommodation consists of two handmade natural homes with private baths, an earth home and tents with shared bathroom facilities. For this culinary course, you can opt for a tent, dorm, or hut accommodation type.

Program

The meals on the farm are made only from the freshest produce sourced from a community of small farmers and Petrichor Farm Yoga's own food forest. At the culinary academy, Petrichor Farm Yoga creates a range of exquisite food and drink using foraged, seasonal, and local ingredients. They will help to arm you with the tools needed to live and eat a plant-based diet.

Sweta is an inspirational chef who stayed true to her values of sustainability by incorporating organic, local and mainly self-grown, healthy foods into her educational environment. She has led the way for a fresh approach to cooking and launched a trend for organic and locally produced ingredients in her region.

Course schedule

Day 1: Arrival

Today, you arrive at Petrichor Farm Yoga.

Day 2: Vegetarian traditional Nepalese cooking

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Introductions and orientation
  • 10:00 Farm tour consisting of a walk around the vicinity, garden and food forest identifying key species, its nutrients, seasonality, and sustainability
  • 11:00 To the kitchen where guests will cook dishes in pairs (two or three recipes per team) using wild and traditional ingredients
  • 13:00 Finish dishes, serve and eat together, discuss dishes and ingredients, question and answer session
  • 15:00 Wrap up, clean up and give out specific handouts
  • 16:00 Rest, relaxation, reading, journal writing, swimming, movie, yoga (optional)
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 3: Raw / Plant-based cooking

  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Fundamentals and secrets of plant-based cuisine
  • 11:00 To the kitchen where guests will cook dishes in pairs (three recipes per team) using wild and traditional ingredients. Also, create outstanding food presentations.
  • 13:00 Finish dishes, serve and eat together, discuss dishes and ingredients. Question and answer session
  • 15:00 Wrap up, clean up and give out specific handouts
  • 16:00 Rest and relaxation
  • 19:00 Dinner

Day 4: Departure

This is the end of the culinary course at Petrichor Farm Yoga.

Instructors

Sweta Pradhan

Location

Petrichor is a forest farm located between the serene foothills of the lush Neora Forest and the tea gardens of the plains. Fringed by rice fields around us and the River Chel running below, Petrichor Farm is idyllically located in the rural farming region of Gorubathan, India.

Petrichor Farm practices, promotes, and teaches about natural building, permaculture design, fermentation, herbalism, slow food, natural farming, and yoga. Visitors can expect tropical wilderness, sublime swimming holes, pristine habitat for the area’s rich flora and fauna, village walks and nature trails, a library, yoga decks, art and craft space and the tireless team who make the community such a wonderful place to learn.

Food

This package includes two breakfasts, two lunches, and one dinner (on day 1).

Telling indigenous stories through food and drink

At Petrichor Farm, staff members are dedicated to bringing awareness to the whole picture, a permaculture garden that brings food and culture from the farm and village to the table, and then back out into the community at large.

The cuisine they offer is raw, cooked, organic, vegetarian and vegan, along with a menu that’s designed to explode your tastebuds, with lots of healthy elixirs, tea, and coffee to go. The actual permaculture garden and food forest that the food is sourced from is in direct proximity.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Raw food
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Petrichor Farm also offers a basic natural soap making class.

What's included

  • The culinary classes
  • Ingredients
  • Recipes / handouts
  • Toiletries
  • All meals and beverages
  • Accommodation for 3 nights

What's not included

  • Transfers
  • Medical emergencies

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bagdogra Airport (IXB). Petrichor Farm can provide transfers from the airport upon request at an additional cost of 2500 INR. Check-in will be anytime after 12 p.m. through 7 p.m. to be on time for dinner.

Arrival by bus

The nearest bus terminal is PC Mittal Bus Stand, Siliguri at a distance of 56.6 kilometers.

Arrival by train

The nearest railway stations are New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and Malbazar Railway Station at a distance of 63.2 kilometers. Petrichor Farm can pick you up at the train station. For more information regarding the cost, please send an inquiry.

Airport: Bagdogra Airport Airport transfer available: Bagdogra Airport (US$33 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 20 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Thursday June 4, 2020
(4 days / 3 nights)

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