Tropical Fruits - a Colombian food safari with Chris Manfield

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Highlights

  • Hosted by chef Christine Manfield
  • Rare ingredients from the Amazon
  • Street food and fine dining
  • Cartagena’s colourful, colonial charm
  • Salsa dancing and street art

Key Facts

  •   Colombia

  •   Great for culture vultures and foodies

  •   12 days

  •   Hosted by Christine Manfield

 

It is often said that in Colombia you get five destinations for the price of one: the Pacific Coast, the Andes, the Amazon, the eastern plains and the Caribbean. This huge diversity and abundance gives rise to some of the finest gastronomic experiences in the world. In recent years neighbouring Peru has seized the gastronomy limelight, but Colombia is hot on its heels with a similar climate and topography plus the added influences of home-grown coffee and the productive Caribbean coast. In Colombia, modern chefs are turning traditional culture, produce, colour and flavour upside down and the results are taking the world by storm.

This bespoke itinerary begins in Bogota where you will visit the bewildering Paloquemao produce market, sample a vast array of fruit and vegetables from across the country (many of which you won’t recognise), wander bohemian barrios and indulge in an exquisite 12-course tasting menu prepared by one of the world’s leading female chefs. Moving on to Cali and Medellin you’ll experience the goodness of rural life in a traditional hacienda, visit coffee plantations, taste your way through sizzling street food stalls, meet an ex-gangster-turned street artist and dine in a restaurant which prepares rare ingredients sourced from the Amazon. Your final stop will be the old town of Cartagena, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its colourful streets of mansions, bougainvillea-clad balconies and cobbled colonial charm. You’ll soak up the Caribbean warmth of this pretty town while tasting all the flavours of the ocean.

During the journey you’ll stay in an exclusive collection of luxury design-led hotels each selected for their style, comfort and location. Hosted by chef Christine Manfield, you will benefit from her professional experience, inside knowledge and insightful interpretations throughout, enabling you to discover Colombia’s culture, history, climate and soul through its cuisine.

This bountiful and colourful journey will open your eyes, heart and tastebuds to a wealth of old world charm and innovative gastronomic delight!

 

Itinerary Details

Day 1 | Bogota | 3 nights              

Welcome to Bogota. Check in and enjoy an afternoon at leisure followed by a welcome cocktail, information session and dinner at Abasto.

Day 2 | Bogota                        

Visit Paloquemao Market with a local guide to sample rare fruits and exotic juices, visit the Gold Museum and have lunch at Prudencia in La Candelaria Historic District. An afternoon tour of Bogota followed by dinner ar El Chato.        

Day 3 | Bogota

A coffee tasting session in the Usaqune neighbourhood, then out to the countryside for a day at a hacienda and lunch prepared by a local chef. An afternoon at leisure, then dinner at LEO by Leo Espinosa, one of the top female chefs in Latin America.

Day 4 | Cali | 2 nights

Drive to one of Colombia's top coffee haciendas and visit the plantation followed by a traditional lunch. A quick flight to Cali, then time at leisure before dinner at Platillos Voladores.          

Day 5 | Cali

A morning exploration of Cali with stops for street food along the way. Visit a salsa school to meet the professionals. Dinner at El Falso Olivo, followed by a salsa bar-hop with a couple of friendly locals.        

Day 6 | Medellin | 3 nights               

Fly to Medellin then an afternoon at lesiure. Dinner at El Barcal.

Day 7 | Medellin

Spend the morning with an ex-gangster exploring the changing culture and street art of Comuna 13. Visit the botanical gardens and have lunch surrounded by lush vegetation, see the sites of Medellin, then dinner at La Chagra tasting rare ingredients from the Amazon.       

Day 8 | Medellin                                           

Visit a private hacienda and discover the grounds on foot or horseback. Relax over an asado lunch and sample the country's famous 'firewater' spirit. Return to Medellin for an afternoon and evening at leisure.                     

Day 9 | Cartagena | 3 nights                                     

A quick flight to Cartagena, then lunch at a famous ceviche house. A walking tour in the afternoon will take in history, culture and street food, then head to a rooftop bar for sundowners with a view. See a local dance group, then have dinner at a favourite local haunt, La Cocina de Pepina.       

Day 10 | Cartagena                                                                                                                                             

Wander the Bazurto fish market with a chef to buy produce for a cooking class at a private villa. Have a rum and chocolate tasting in the afternoon alongside a top mixologist. Evening at leisure. 

Day 11 | Cartagena  

Take a speed boat to the Rosario Islands to cruise, snorkel or paddleboard and enjoy a relaxed beach lunch. Time in the afternoon to relax or shop, followed by a farewell dinner at Proyecto Caribe.

Day 12 | Day of departure  

Transfer to the airport to begin your journey home or continue with any private arrangements.

 

 

About Christine Manfield

Christine Manfield is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs. Curious in her endeavours and unparalleled in her culinary executions, she draws on impressive tastes and flavours from her travels around the globe. A renowned chef, Manfield is also a food and travel writer, food manufacturer, presenter, teacher and gastronomic traveller. As an award‐winning author, her books – A Personal Guide to India & Bhutan, Dessert Divas, Tasting India, Fire, Spice, Stir, Paramount Cooking and Paramount Desserts are testament to her ability to bring innovation and excitement into the lives of eager cooks everywhere.

Manfield was a restaurateur with three highly successful restaurants: Paramount in Sydney 1993 to 2000, East@West in London 2003 to 2005 and Universal 2007 to 2013. Her diverse work portfolio includes mentoring and collaborating with chefs and industry colleagues, hosting pop‐up events in Australia and overseas, working as a national judge for the Delicious Produce Awards and the Electrolux Appetite for Excellence Young Restaurateur Awards and Brand Ambassador for Byron Bay Cookies. She is also Food Director at Pearl Catering in Sydney.

A constant adventurer, Christine continues to broaden her global interests with custom gastronomic tours to alluring destinations including India, Africa, Bhutan, France, South East Asia, Italy, South America and Tasmania. With the grace, humour and experience that Christine brings, this delicious safari promises nothing less than an exceptional gastronomical adventure in one of the most delicious parts of the world.

For more information, please head to www.christinemanfield.com


 

 

Key Facts

  • Hosted by Chef Christine Manfield
  • 12 days
  • 1 to 12 March 2020
  • Begins: Bogota & ends: Cartagena
  • USD $11,950 per person twin share. Excludes international flights.
  • For further details and a full itinerary please contact us
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