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Galilean Cooking Workshop
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Galilean Cooking Workshop

By Galileat
Recommended by 100% of travellers
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About

Ages 8-99
Duration: 3h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, Arabic, English
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  • Lunch
  • Local guide
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:
  • Karmiel, Israel
    We meet according to where you will be doing the activity, as we have 8 places throughout the Galilee
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infant seats available
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 11612P1

    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Galilean Cooking Workshop?
    Galilean Cooking Workshop price starts from AU$630.35. Discover and book Galilean Cooking Workshop on Tripadvisor
    What is the Galilean Cooking Workshop cancellation policy?
    Galilean Cooking Workshop cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Galilean Cooking Workshop on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Galilean Cooking Workshop?
    Galilean Cooking Workshop is hosted by Galileat. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Galileat on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Galilean Cooking Workshop on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Galilean Cooking Workshop?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 3h. Discover and book Galilean Cooking Workshop on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 11612P1

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    • Galileat
      202
      Karmiel, Israel
      Joined in July 2013
    • MelissS101
      0 contributions
      Wonderful culinary tour in northern Israel
      My family - ages 10-86 - spent a wonderful day with Paul in the Galilee, learning about the amazing diversity of foods and cultures in the area. We visited a local market, flour mill, coffee roasters, olive grove, and goat cheese farm, and sampled excellent food at each location. For us, the highlight was lunch with a Druze family who generously welcomed us into their beautiful home and cooked one of the best meals we've ever eaten! I'd highly recommend this tour.
      Written 29 June 2023
    • simonf394
      0 contributions
      Family workshop
      Great way to spend a morning. Not just a cooking workshop, but a cultural guide to Druze society too. Culmination is we got to eat the produce, which was a tasty culinary feast. We are vegetarian, which was no problem, though I understand many of the dishes are for carnivores. I could not fault this experience and will merrily do it again if friends come to visit. Full marks for everyone who made it happen. Really original.
      Written 10 April 2023
    • mjweinstein
      0 contributions
      A DO NOT MISS CULINARY EXPERIENCE
      Our GalilEat experience was the best part of our Israel tour! Our guide Paul started with a trip to a working local market. The colors and aromas of the local fruits and vegetables were amazing. Paul's relationship with the local vendors is wonderful to see. He obviously has close friendships with the the people of his community. Following our market trip, Paul took us to an authentic family-owned and working flour mill and wood fired pita bakery that was fabulous. One of our favorite parts was seeing 3,000 year old olive trees and a delicious lunch by a Druze woman who cooked us a delightful meal and shared her story with us. We HIGHLY recommend any of Paul's tours. He is so knowledgeable of the local areas, and history, and also makes touring fun and personal. It was especially moving to have an in depth look at an area in Israel where Jews and Arabs live side by side peacefully. Don't miss this tour. Great for all ages.
      Written 26 February 2023
    • Rachel5699
      0 contributions
      Rachel review
      I loved meeting everyone and everyone was so kind to us. Love you woodlands and everything else. Yeah
      Written 26 February 2023
    • E1360HQlorig
      0 contributions
      Lori G
      The Druze Cooking with Galileat was phenomenal! It was very special meeting the Druze family and cooking and eating with them. They were extremely hospitable and our guide Paul was exceptional! An outstanding experience!
      Written 22 February 2023
    • rlgibney
      0 contributions
      Cooking and Much More with a Druze Family
      Wendy, Lorie and I spent two weeks touring Israel in Oct 2022. A very special highlight of our trip was a visit (arranged by Galileat) to a Druze family for a hands-on cooking class. Our hosts had us all very busy in their kitchen preparing a multi-course meal from fresh, local ingredients. Then, the payoff: eating what we'd help prepare with our hosts. It was delicious. But our visit to their home was much more than the cuisine. Before our fun in the kitchen, we spent an hour in conversation with our hosts in their living room, sippiing tea. They shared stories of their family and explained much about the Druze faith and community customs. It was a wonderful experience---much enhanced by the active participation of Paul Nirens (Galileat)!
      Written 16 January 2023
    • E780XBandrewf
      0 contributions
      Intimate Cultural Experience
      This was an incredible experience. It was an honor to be welcomed into Pnina's home and learn about her religion and heritage. The kids enjoyed cooking with her and tasting foods they had never heard of before. Paul was an amazing ambassador and translator. If you are looking for an intimate cultural experience this is what you want to sign up for. Make sure to try Pnina's olives that she grows!
      Written 13 January 2023
    • staceybY6957BK
      0 contributions
      Fun and educational
      We were fortunate enough to get to participate in one of Paul's culinary experiences. We were very warmly welcomed into Zarafat's home where we learned about the Druze faith and thenwere able to participate in the preparation of a Druze dinner. Best of all we got to share the meal with our host Zarafat and her daughter in law Abil. The foot was wonderful and I look forward to trying the recipes at home.
      Written 10 November 2022
    • andreamR8914JY
      0 contributions
      An evening to remember
      My family recently participated in the Druze Culinary Experience with Paul and Pnina. From start to finish, it was an incredible experience that enhanced our knowledge of the Druze religion and the food was delicious. Paul and Pnina were extremely knowledgeable and very engaging with our three children, ages 13, 11 and 6. The kids were active participants in the kitchen and as a result were willing to try the dishes they made (which is huge as they are picky eaters). It was definitely a highlight of our 2-week trip to Israel.
      Written 23 August 2022
    • sfgopher
      0 contributions
      Fantastic Druze cooking class
      We had an incredible experience cooking with a Druze family in their home. Paul is an outstanding guide - fabulously engaging, extremely knowledgable and overall an outstanding person to spend time with. This was a highlight of the week and we are so grateful for the experience he facilitated for us.
      Written 31 July 2022
    • Mangelinam
      0 contributions
      Cooking Class with Druze Family
      Paul hosted an in home cooking workshop in a Druze home with a Druze family and the experience was superb. He was an excellent translator but more importantly was his close relationship with this family - which made the entire experience more like going to a friend's house, a group cooking fest, and final feast. We learned so much about the Druze culture (fascinating) as well as their culinary preferences - it was truly a highlight of our trip. Thank you Paul!
      Written 16 July 2022
    • Knudnic
      0 contributions
      Just do it
      We had a wonderful day with Paul. You will learn a lot and eat a lot, so come hungry. Paul was very knowledgeable and interesting. The food was delicious, but the highlight was definitely lunch with a local family. They were so warm and welcoming we did not want to leave. Book this tour - you won't regret it.
      Written 7 July 2022
    • SunnySanDiego5336
      0 contributions
      Fantastic day!
      We had a fantastic time with Paul! He is passionate about the area, the cultures and the culinary gifts. This was a great way to see, learn and experience more than we could in our own. The food was great, and we may not need to eat for a few days. The goat cheese was stunning, lunch in Roudina’s home a delight, and so nice to get to meet her lovely family. The food was delicious- can’t wait to try some at home. Add olive trees and oil, a granary and pita bakery, great wine tasting and market visit, plus great conversation and you have an amazing day!
      Written 1 February 2020
    • Peter L
      0 contributions
      Lunch with a Druze Family
      Unique experience of lunch in a Druze family home = excellent hospitality followed by a very interesting discussion about the Druze religion.
      Written 10 January 2020
    • 819zachp
      0 contributions
      Incredible tour, highly highly recommend
      Such a great tour. Really helps you frame how food/wine is such a part of the Israeli culture. Great family activity that everyone can enjoy! And the food is incredible too!
      Written 30 December 2019
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    theo l
    Warren, NJ18 contributions
    July 2022
    A spectacular experience. My wife and I spent an evening with a Druze couple, learning about both culture and cuisine in their house. The only thing more amazing than the delicious food was the experience of connecting with them, with Paul as our guide. It was one of the most memorable parts of our trip to the Middle East.
    Written 29 July 2022
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    I was honoured to be able to connect you with our wonderful host. Thank you for your encouraging words.
    Written 2 August 2022
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    Elanah U
    Washington DC, DC16 contributions
    We had a wonderful time cooking with a Druze family in their home. They were so friendly and gracious and the meal was to die for. Very thankful that Gila sent the recipes so we can try to recreate the tastes here in the US. It was also wonderful to learn more about Druze culture and society. Thank you
    Written 1 January 2020
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    dmassguy
    Concord, MA4 contributions
    Nov 2019
    We went with a group of almost 40 to visit a Druize home. The family was wonderful, explaining their history and culture. Then we separated into two groups. One made stuffed grape leaves, and the other made pita topped with either z'attar or veggies. I was permitted to cook the pita - and it was an excellent way to go!

    And then, the feast. I 110% recommend this!
    Written 4 March 2020
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    alix s
    1 contribution
    July 2019 • Family
    I had no idea what to expect when I saw this on our itinerary, but it ended up being one of the more moving moments of our trip. Our host was so welcoming, she answered so many questions and was forthcoming about her fascinating culture. The food was incredible! Our group ranges from age 8 to 75 and everyone had such a great time. A highlight of our trip!
    Written 2 July 2019
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    sofiabotticelli
    israel24 contributions
    Nov 2018 • Couples
    Paul arranged a bespoke tour and cooking workshop for a friend and me last week. What a lovely experience. Paul is relaxed, knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I was more interested in an authentic experience. We were taken to the best open air market, where purchases of fresh greens and local produce remained fresh as if just picked, for a week! I delighted in learning the local stories and meeting the characters. Paul knows everyone. The cheese experience was a little disappointing, but undaunted, we continued to a Druze home which was the highlight. To spend time with a real family, hear their stories and learn more about their lives and culture, and sit down to a super feast we cooked together was a wonderful experience. THANK YOU PAUL SHALL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU AND LOOK FORWARD TO ANOTHER TRIP SOON.
    Written 8 December 2018
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    Karen0673
    Sydney, Australia15 contributions
    Oct 2018 • Family
    We were two families travelling together with 4 teenagers aged 12-15 and this cooking workshop activity was really enjoyed by everyone.It provided a very personal experience to learn about the Druze food and culture and the dinner we helped to create was delicious. Pnina and her family were wonderful hosts and made us feel so welcome in their home. Paul also accompanied us for this workshop, including acting as translator and we really appreciated his professionalism and enthusiasm. Very highly recommended!
    Written 12 October 2018
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    Gerard B
    1 contribution
    May 2023
    Our reaction to the cooking workshop with a Druze couple echoes that of other reviewers. We were graciously and warmly welcomed and began with a discussion of Druze culture and religion.

    Next we donned aprons and set about preparing a multi-course dinner. We were two couples and needed to avoid various ingredients (including sesame and garlic) due to food intolerances. Our hosts did a fabulous job accommodating our requirements—better and more cheerfully than most restaurants.

    We’re looking forward to receiving the recipes so that we can prepare these dishes for friends back in the U.S.

    Both the food and the cultural exchange were highlights of our Israel vacation.

    The views from our hosts’ home were to die for.
    Written 6 May 2023
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    Kelly G
    13 contributions
    Nov 2022
    I cannot recommend GalilEat strongly enough! Our guide, the excellent Baruch of Touring With Baruch, suggested that we do an Arabic cooking class while on our trip. To be honest, I’m not sure I would have gone for this if not for the fact that my mom, who was on this trip to Israel, did something similar when she visited India and said it was a fabulous experience. I really value eating well when I travel, and I love visiting restaurants. So to do this home cooking class meant not going to a restaurant one night. Well thank goodness we did this home cooking class! Because, as it turns out, it was my favorite meal in Israel. More importantly, it was a beautiful experience of the profound joy that is making new friends in other countries, and a reminder that language barriers and geographical distance are no match against everyone’s common humanity.

    How it worked: Baruch drove us to the home we were visiting, which was the home of a lovely woman named Pnina. There, we also met up with Paul, who owns and runs GalilEat. When we arrived, we visited in Pnina’s living room and asked her questions about her life in Israel and her Druze faith. Paul functioned as the translator. My family and I knew nothing about the Druze, and it was utterly fascinating to learn about their long-ago break from the Muslim faith, their history across time, and their lives in modern-day Israel. Pnina happily fielded or questions, answering all of them, and Paul was the ever-ready middleman, making the conversation feel natural and seamless. Pnina also asked some questions about us, which we were just as happy to answer.

    Eventually, we moved into Pnina’s kitchen, quite literally rolled up our sleeves, and got cooking! In advance of our arrival, she made the more labor-intensive and time-consuming dishes of our dinner. We helped her with a salad, an appetizer, and this crazy delicious bread that I’m still thinking about. At some point prior to our trip, I mentioned to Baruch that I’d recently been introduced to the wondrous dessert that is knafeh. He asked Paul if we might be able to make knafeh, and Pnina very graciously granted this request! I was blown away by everyone’s kindness and flexibility, as it was so much fun to make fresh knafeh (and oh my goodness was it good).

    In time, dinner was ready, and all of us—Pnina, Paul, Baruch, my six family members, and I—gathered in Pnina’s dining room and broke bread together. It was so special to share in a meal with strangers-turned-friends. We had lively conversation, and Paul always took care to translate to Pnina so she could remain just as engaged as the rest of us. And, as I said, the food was phenomenal. All in all, this was way better than a restaurant! It was a way more personal experience than any restaurant, no matter how great their food, could have ever offered.

    I will never travel overseas again without scheduling a similar home cooking experience whenever possible. It’s such a unique and fun way to learn about a country, its people, its culture. It’s a truly immersive experience, and one that comes with the bonus of incredible food. I enthusiastically recommend an evening with GalilEats—it’ll be among your most memorable experiences on your trip to Israel.
    Written 17 January 2023
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    Sophie B
    18 contributions
    July 2022 • Family
    Wonderful authentic experience learning to cook traditional food at a locals home. Defiantly worth the visit! Food was fabulous and experience was not to be forgotten
    Written 1 August 2022
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    Thank you for your kind words. We too enjoyed showing you a slice of the Galilee.
    Written 2 August 2022
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    Eve
    5 contributions
    July 2022
    The most amazing experience ever!! Pnina is the kindest, and most wonderful host and chef. She taught us to create delicious Druze dishes, which we were able to enjoy at her table. Paul was great at translating and explaining what we would be doing at the workshop and the background of Druze culture and cuisine. Thank you for letting us experience and enjoy this workshop and meal. It was the highlight of our tour and we encourage all visitors to book this workshop. Thank you, Paul and Pnina, for sharing these recipes with us.
    Written 27 July 2022
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    Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. We enjoyed hosting you and allowing a glimpse into Galilean village life
    Written 28 July 2022
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