Spain · Sept 8-18 and Sept 20-30, 2014
September 8-18 and September 20-30, 2014.
We’ve been longing to create another Zingerman’s Food Tour to Spain, and are excited to be offering this new tour! The area southwest of Madrid, sometimes called the pantry of Spain, has amazing artisanal food and wine, and we will savor it to the fullest. We’ll learn directly from the producers about their fantastic olive oils, cheeses, wines, chocolates, pimenton, and more. And of course, we’ll do full honors to the king of cured pork – jamón Ibérico de bellota, created only in this region from the famed black-footed pigs who dine on the acorns (bellota) that fall from the plentiful Spanish oak trees. We’ll enjoy the beauty of the region and taste our way through some of the best food Spain has to offer.
We keep the group small. Only 15 guests traveling with two experienced leaders.
The trip is designed for experienced travelers with a passion for great food that is still made the way it was done hundreds of years ago – food that is deeply connected to the people and culture of the place.
Our guests are adults of all ages who enjoy traveling with a small group, and also enjoy exploring places on their own.
Our guests enjoy walking, and are able to walk on uneven ground and up and down the steep hills of some of the towns.
Note: this tour may not be the right choice for vegetarians. The Iberico ham is truly a staple in this part of Spain, and is used as a flavor-enhancing ingredient in most traditional dishes.
Our guests will need to be willing to adapt to the local culture, part of which means, you will be eating meals much later than you may be accustomed to; especially dinner. The Spanish internal “clock” is different from Americans’!
What Is Included?
Behind-the-scenes visits to artisanal producers of excellent traditional Spanish food.
Most meals – we will enjoy traditional regional specialties made from local, fresh ingredients.
A cooking lesson with a Spanish chef in her cooking kitchen.
Visits to beautiful ancient towns such as Merida and Trujillo.
Two Zingerman’s tour leaders and our guide will be at your disposal at all times.
Recipes of the dishes we cook during our class, to take home with you.
Transportation by air-conditioned private bus during the tour.
What Is Not Included?
Alcoholic beverages (other than beverages with dinner or when they are specifically included in the itinerary)
Personal spending money
What about Accommodations?
We will travel more on this tour than on some of our others, which gives us the opportunity to experience a range of styles of hotels. They will all be clean and comfortable. The hotels will range from very modern to a simpler country style, including one night where we will stay in an ancient stone farmhouse on a rural estate, built in the 1230s and still in the same family, over 700 years later.
How Much Does It Cost?*
$5,800 per person
*Prices subject to change.