Go beyond the Fire Temples and famous landmarks of Yazd to discover the real life of the largest community of Zoroastrians in Iran through a tasteful experience. In the picturesque village of Taft stroll in peaceful orchards, shop locally and start your food venture with a typical Zoroastrian breakfast in a fruit garden then step ahead to get familiar with the rituals and traditions of this ancient religion while learning to cook several iconic dishes.
Having Zoroastrian breakfast in the middle of fruit garden in Taft village
Discovering the picturesque village of Taft
Picking up plums and pomegranate in the fruit gardens
Learning about food customs
Being introduced to the Zoroastrian culture and traditions by your Zoroastrian host
Yazd is known as the main city of Zoroastrians in Iran whose ancient religion has shaped the whole Persian culture throughout history. In the beautiful city of windcatchers, you can admire their holy sites such as the Fire Temple and the Towers of Silence. But if you are looking for more in-depth knowledge of the Zoroastrian customs and traditions combined with a tasty experience, buckle up for an expedition of the Persian food.
Your adventure takes place in the charming scenery of Taft village, 20 kilometres away from Yazd. This lovely village at the foot of mountains filled with fruit gardens and is home to a large Zoroastrian community.
Start a walk in the narrow brick alleyways to encounter local sellers and shop some of the fresh ingredients which will constitute your lunch feast. Have a stop in a local bakery to discover the traditional way of cooking bread, wrapped into the irresistible smell of fresh bread. Then enjoy picking some ripe plums and other fruits in your host's garden and free you in delectable breakfast prepared by Zoroastrians.
After making your stomach full and content, it's time to follow the chief to cook a whole Zoroastrian feast in the peaceful pomegranate garden, from the side dishes to main course, desserts, and drinks that your taste buds will crave for, even after you've returned home. While discovering the usage of local ingredients and their benefits, this journey through the senses also introduces you to the faith, culture, and rituals of the Zoroastrians.
When all ingredients have been turned into delightful dishes we sit around the table in the pomegranate garden to share the result of your pleasant work altogether.
The Yazd food tour starts at 9 AM, from Yazd. After a 30-minute drive you will arrive in the lovely village of Taft, home to a large Zoroastrian community. Walk into the village during the morning to shop ingredients and bread in a local bakery. In your host's gardens, pick up some fruits to prepare a tasteful breakfast before starting to cook the dish, side dish, dessert of your lunch. Enjoy lunch together in the pomegranate garden before going back to Yazd.