GUIDED • 1/2 Day • Prices listed below
If you’ve ever wondered what traditional Albanian food tastes like and would you like to learn how to prepare Albanian cuisine in a family’s home then this is the course for you!
It is difficult to find places in Albania that offer cooking classes to visitors but we have teamed up with a professional cook, Emanuela, to ensure you can sample and learn how to make some of our favourite and delicious dishes.
Your host Emanuela learned how to prepare traditional Albanian and Italian dishes while working at the local women’s shelter. For years she’s been creating tasty delicacies for our cooking class students, Florian Guesthouse guests, family, and ensuring no one leaves Albania hungry.
Your Host Emanuela invites you to join her at home in her kitchen and after the hour and a half of cooking class you will get to enjoy the dishes you have helped prepare! The total time of this activity is 3 hours including eating and sampling the 6 wines that are made right here on the premises.
While the food is cooking you can enjoy a tour of the garden and vineyard. Here you can eat as much fruit as you can pick without spoiling your appetite. Depending on the season you will have the choice of wallnuts, hazelnuts, cherry, peach, apples, tomatoes, grapes, plum, pomegranates or figs.
Some sample food items may include:
- Byrek – A crispy, multi-layered pastry filled with ingredient combinations such as cheese, ground meat, onions, vegetables and eggs. (Byrek variations exist throughout the Balkans, each country offers a different take on this savory classic.)
- Traditional Albanian salads – Made from vegetables grown in the garden of Emanuela’s home. Tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are popular ingredients, but ingredient combinations depend upon what is fresh and in-season.
- Rustic Bread – Whether prepared using whole-grain wheat flour or gluten-free corn flour, the result is always delicious!
- Petulla – An ancient local specialty, dating back centuries if not more! Made from whole-grain wheat flour, olive oil, yeast, and salt; this soft, fried bread goes well with honey and jam, or with savory flavours like our local cheeses!
- Soups – Incorporating colorful vegetables and handfuls of fresh herbs, we often drizzle fresh lemon juice to our steaming-hot soup. Emanuela often makes cabbage or fish-based soups with her students, but the possible combinations are endless. It’s also common in Albania to serve a sprig of green onion on the side, so that you can nibble on it as you enjoy the soup.
Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions, allergies, or preferences.
2-6 People – €35 Per Person (€30 for off-season)
6+ people – €25 Per Person (€20 for off-season)
Please note: we require a 2 person minimum to book this tour.
What to Bring
Nothing, but come hungry.