Morocco’s cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world due to its unique interaction with a variety of different cultures over the last 1000 years. Couscous is of course the Berber staple. The influence of the invading Arabs brought spices, nuts and dried fruit. The Ottoman Turks introduced the Barbecue – or Meshwi in local parlance – and the Moors added olives and citrus fruit to this exotic mix. The French left behind their café culture which is still very much part of social life in Marrakech today.
This magical and mysterious blend of cultural influences has created a cuisine that is not only fresh, aromatic and incredibly tasty but also one which promotes good health. Moroccan food is based on whole food ingredients freshly prepared using a subtle blend of herbs and spices for flavour rather than deep frying.
During your tastings, our guide will explain how food, community, religion and hospitality blend into one. You will learn about the cultural significance of the various dishes and which food is eaten during the religous festivals in the Islamic calendar. As you meander your way through the alleyways, you will see how the two key elements of moroccan food culture – that of sharing and wasting nothing – are played out in front of your eyes.
Your guide will explain how food and culture are inextricably intertwined. You will learn about the sacredness of bread and how a home without bread is not a home. You will learn about how the people believe in ‘ Al Baraka ‘, a special spiritual energy that is created when families join together to eat. You will experience this culture of human warmth and closeness by eating collectively from the same plate, each guest with his own section of the plate. You will learn about the importance of barbecuing in Berber ceremonies, weddings and the honouring of important guests. You will see how the artistic presentation of food mirrors closely the spirit of innate creativity in the moroccan soul.
We hope that this cultural journey will be informative, enlightening and decidedly delicious!
We will meet at 6 pm at Hotel Restaurant Café de France at the main square, Jma Fnaa, where I will welcome you and we will all have some mint tea together. The guide will introduce himself and give you an overview of what to expect during the next three and a half hours. The tour is limited to a maximum of 8 guests in order to ensure a personalised experience for everyone. Then, we are on our way into the maze of the Medina to begn the tour and the tastings.
The key elements of the tour are –
- eat where locals eat deep inside the maze of the Medina, in its backstreets and alleyways, off the beaten track.
- immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience, away from the tourist traps, in the heart of real neighbourhoods and communities to experience street food prepared in a centuries-old traditional way.
- accompanied by a fun and informative local guide whose passion it is to share with you his personal stories and experiences and to explain the food, its method of preparation and to expand upon the interwoven nature of Morocco’s food and culture, whilst navigating your way through the Medina and its unique evening atmosphere.
- a minimum of 8 one of a kind tastings and stops, some seated and others standing, which will include –
- Every day of the week
- Groups of 8 maximum ( private tours are available. Please email for details )
- Start time – 6 pm
- Duration of tour – approximately 3.5 hours
- Meeting point- Hotel Restaurant Café de France, Jmaa el Fnaa ( the main square )
- Finishing point – Jmaa el Fnaa
- Total walking distance – approximately 4 km but on totally flat terrain
- Tickets to be bought online in advance
(stops can vary due to seasonal availability)
- All food and drink at all of the tastings
- A fun, informative, foodie and english speaking guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism of Morocco. (french is also spoken)
What’s not included
- Food and drink that do not form part of our tastings
- Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange hotel/riad pick ups
Who can take the tour
- Children from the age of 5
- Unfortunately, due to the narrow and often uneven streets of the ancient Medina, it is not advised that those with limited mobility participate in the tour.
Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange replacement tastings for those with dietary allergies and restrictions. Also, the tour, due to its carniverous nature, may not appeal to vegetarians. However, that said, there are various non meat stops and a vegetarain couscous can be prepared with prior notice.
What to wear and what to bring
- Comfortable shoes and clothing is recommended due to the walking nature of the tour.
- In the autumn and winter, the nightime temperature can drop and it is advisable to bring an extra layer of clothing.
- If rain is forecast, please do bring an umbrella with you as not all of the Medina is totally covered.
- Bathrooms during the tour – in very limited supply and not always where you want them to be. That said, we will do our utmost to accommodate every need.
- Any question or query, please do email us on email@example.com
- Arrive hungry and be ready for an unforgettable food and cultural experience.