Wouldn’t it be nice to leave Barcelona with more than just a few extra kilos on the waistline? What about an actual skill to impress your pals back home? Enter this Spanish group cooking class, where - under the helm of a local chef - you’ll learn to whip up some of the region’s beloved tapas and paella dishes. This three-hour workshop involves a trip to one of Europe’s largest and most exciting food markets, a hands-on cooking class with like-minded foodies, and, of course, much eating and drinking. Beyond the practical skills you’ll pick up, this experience gives travellers a taste - both literally and figuratively - of Barcelona’s food culture, and the traditions that have been passed down here through generations. Also an added bonus - the team have kindly slotted this class into an evening spot, meaning you can drink as much sangria as you like without fear of judgement. Let the good times roll.
About your guide
Put simply: if you sign up to a Stoke Travel experience, expect to have a ball. Their tours are perfect for travellers keen on experiencing enlightening cultural activities without sidestepping fun.
Here’s the plan…
Meet your group and chef-guide at the listed meeting point. From there, you’ll follow your chef-guide through the streets of La Rambla to your first stop.
Normally these sorts of experiences are run solely from a kitchen. Instead, this cooking class takes to the streets (specifically the markets), where patrons are taught how to shop Barcelona-style. The group visits La Boqueria food market to pick up fresh seafood, vegetables, fruit and other bits and bobs needed for the evening’s cooking. Here, you’ll learn how to spot fresh ingredients from the average ones, find out more about Spain’s locally grown produce, and chat to local vendors. If, for whatever reason, La Boqueria is a no-go on your chosen day, you’ll head to the Santa Caterina Market in El Born (a port of call for foodies since 1845) to pick up all the essentials.
It’s time cook up a storm. The industry kitchen sits beside a cool little bar, which is kept private for you and the group. Your class starts with some simple tapas recipes that you’ll whip up and scoff quite quickly - things like Spanish-style toast with fresh tomato. Then, the main event: cooking seafood paella (and meat-free paella for vegetarians). Your chef runs through a few demonstrations, but on the whole this cooking class is hands-on, so you’ll be an active participant in creating what you’ll be devouring. Throughout the class, your pro chef reveals some handy cooking tips and tricks that you can apply to other dishes too (if you’ve ever wondered how to chop onions without crying than you’re in for a treat). Those who fancy it will also enjoy a crash course in mixing the perfect sangria, run by a local bartender onsite.
After the class, you’ll sit down with the group and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Your tour ends on this culinary high. Ditch the apron and get back to sightseeing, stat.
Head to Travel Bar (Carrer de la Boqueria, 27, 08002 Barcelona, Spain) 15 minutes before the class starts - the group will meet you there. Feel free to grab yourself a drink while you wait for any stragglers.
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give the Stoke Travel team a call at least a day before the start of the experience to confirm all the final details.
This activity is adults only. Little ones under the age of 18 will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.
If you can, try to get to the meeting point 15 minutes before the experience is due to start.
Sorry team, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher to pass along to the guide on arrival (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given to customers who rock up without a printed copy of their voucher - so don’t forget!
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