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Marrakech: Tagine Cookery Class With a Local

Marrakech: Tagine Cookery Class With a Local

From £41.86 per person

Learn to cook authentic Moroccan tagines in Marrakech. Shop for ingredients at a souk, learn about the uses of herbs and spices, and cook a typical Moroccan meal with an expert chef. Then, sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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  • Prepare an authentic Moroccan tagine with an expert chef
  • Learn the Arabic terms for local ingredients
  • Shop for herbs and spices at a local souk, and learn of their importance in Moroccan cooking
  • Enjoy the fruits of your cooking adventure during a lunch in a delightful riad
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Get ready for the ultimate tajine experience on this one of a kind tour in Marrakech. From market to plate, you’ll learn how to whip up a tajine from scratch, using ingredients from the famous Marrakech souks. The best part of it all? You get to devour your tajine after you’ve made it! Stroll among the locals as you select the meat, vegetables, herbs, and spices that form the basis of Moroccan cuisine. Learn how spices are used, and about their historic importation to Morocco over thousands of years. Discover homegrown ingredients, such as saffron from Taliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fez. Then, during your hands-on cookery class, an expert chef will teach you how to make traditional dishes central to Moroccan meals. Among the most famous Moroccan dishes are couscous, pastila, tagine, tanjia, and harira. Although the last is a soup, it is considered a dish in itself, especially during Ramadan, and is often served with delicious local dates. Once you have prepared your tagine meal, sit down to savor the delights of your cookery class in the delightful surroundings of a typical riad. Afterwards you will be transferred back to your hotel, armed with your own exclusive Moroccan recipes to try at home.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Recipe sheet
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Outside Café France in Djemaa El-Fna. As you walk into Djemaa El-Fna through the main entrance, this is a 3-storey café on the right side of the square. All through Djemaa El-Fna there are fake guides who will try and convince you to do a tour with them, so please make sure that you find the official guide who will be holding an Urban Adventures sign or badge, and be waiting for you in front of the café.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • From September 1st, 2021, travelers over the age of 18 must produce proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 to participate in the tour. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination
  • The maximum group size for the group class is 12 people
  • Morocco is a liberal Muslim country as many Moroccan women do not wear headscarves. However dress standards are more conservative than most western countries and you should dress accordingly. As a general rule, shoulders, knees, and cleavage should be covered at all times. Wearing shorts (men and women), low-cut tops, and showing midriff is not recommended, as it will restrict your entry into buildings, including private homes, and is considered disrespectful. Long, light-colored, lightweight sleeved shirts, trousers, and skirts are respectful, cover your body, keep you cool in the heat, and protect you from the harsh sun
Customer reviews

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based on 332 reviews

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It was announced in advance that we were going to 'buy in' for the tie in the souk and we had probably feared a little for the execution of! But it was arranged in an incredibly elegant way by the participants following the instructor around different parts of the souk and thus seeing and experiencing these and in practice bought the instructor from the merchants. After the purchase we went to a nice riad where we 'built' a tagine and before that we had been given a thorough instruction in making sweet, Moroccan mint tea.

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13 March 2020

We were a total of 8 participants and understood each other very well. First we went to the market with Hanna (I don't know if the name is spelled correctly) and bought spices, meat and vegetables and she told us what these things were called in Arabic. Then we went to a hotel and met Karima who was cooking with us. Although the recipe for a chicken tagine was, it was no problem for them to guide us for our vegetarian tagine. As a starter we prepared a typical Moroccan salad and as an dessert there were oranges with cinnamon. The best food we have eaten in Marrakech !! Everyone was very friendly and it was really a lot of fun to get to know the Moroccan cuisine. I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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9 March 2020

We were a group of 10 people from different countries. The lady can be on time at the agreed meeting point to shop at the market. A special experience was that the chicken to be cooked was slaughtered and cut up on site. But you didn't have to watch. In the riad we prepared the food in a relaxed atmosphere under the direction of Karima, which in the end tasted very good to everyone. The break on the roof terrace was nice.

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8 March 2020

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