Spanish Food Safari – Andalucia, Spain
Taste your way through Spain!
The Spanish passion for food and wine is boundless. This 'Spanish Food Safari' captures the very essence of Andalucia, exploring the area’s history, culture and the intrinsic role of food in everyday life. Throughout the journey you’ll enjoy small tasting dishes of a huge variety of cuisines and flavours, enabling you to taste widely as you come to understand the soul of Spanish food. You’ll be joined by ‘leading lady’ Zoe and accompanied by the acclaimed Anne Mason (Annie B), a regular on SBS and an authority on Spanish food.
Beginning in Madrid you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at (allegedly) the world's oldest restaurant to feast on their signature dish - suckling pig slow-roasted in the original oven from 1725. You’ll see where Hemingway used to sit and where Ava Gardner danced on the table! The next two days will be spent exploring Madrid. You’ll visit they city's oldest Jamoneria and meet the owner, Alberto; see the spectacular frescoes by Luca Giordano in San Antonio de los Alemanes church; stroll the ‘hipster’ suburbs for chocolate, coffee and olive oil; wander hispano-arabic gardens, meet guitar-makers and silk painters, shop for produce in San Miguel market and of course sample a dizzying array of delicious tapas.
Moving to Seville you’ll see the natural habitat of the black Iberian pig and learn what makes Jamon Iberico, the most exquisite, valuable and unique gourmet delight of Spain before watching an intimate Flamenco show. You’ll explore Moorish Spain with visits to the impressive Reale Alcazar, and the Giralda Cathedral, once an influential mosque. Heading off to the utterly charming hill top town of Vejer de la Frontera, paella and rose wine will be flowing in the home of Annie B's Spanish Kitchen as you sit back and take in views towards Morocco. You’ll take part in a cooking class to learn the art of tortillas, meatballs, gazpacho, sticky citrus cake and more. From here you will visit a unique ancient abandoned village, now an impressive art studio and ‘Txoko’. Txokos are traditionally 'Men Only' cooking clubs in the north of Spain but chef Chente has transformed this into a top culinary destination. You’ll enjoy a tour of the region’s ‘Sherry Triangle’ before heading to Cadiz, and then on to Ronda, famous for its wines, honey and tomatoes thanks to its favourable micro-climate. A beautiful train ride will take you high through the spectacular Sierras scenery. Finally reaching Malaga, birthplace of Picasso, you’ll explore the thriving art scene, great food and local wine and the group will share and an indulgent farewell dinner.
This journey showcases the very best in Spanish food and wine alongside beautiful boutique accommodation, expert guiding, behind the scenes experiences and of course the companionship of a small group of likeminded fellow-travellers. An unmissable gastronomic delight!
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