On your trip to the central desert cities in Iran stop for a food adventure in 5000 years old Varzaneh village. A peaceful village endears itself to all who pass by it. Visiting Varzaneh high sand dunes at the vicinity of the vast Salt Lake gets more remarkable if you fancy a local cooking class which is being conducted by a local housewife and mother who is fond of leading you into the world of Persian cookery and the secret stories of it.
Shopping in the local market of the desert village
Prepare a traditional cuisine, side dishes and decorate the table in a Persian style
Travel to the Iranian kitchen and a local house
Learn about Iranian food customs, spices and the basic of Persian medicine
Try Iranian herbal tea and traditional homemade snacks
Be introduced to the Iranian culture and traditions
Fruit picking in the homey garden which is seasonally possible
On this half-day food tour, you are going to see a local house in the southeast part of Isfahan province besides learning about Persian medicine and culinary secrets first-hand.
If cooking is a universal skill, then the most skilful cooks of the world are inevitably housewives and mothers who have been cooking a lifetime for their family. That is what our Varzaneh cooking tour aims for, to add a motherly taste to your trip.
Feel home, step in the classic house with a courtyard full of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees embedded in the centre. Get to know this native atmosphere of Iranian home in a time-honoured village and cultural neighbourhood.
For the morning warm-up let's start with a special local breakfast which is prepared just for you. It is a homemade seasonal breakfast only locals in Varzaneh make and have. A great refreshment that enriches your experience. The Iranian breakfast tradition varies from province to province and sometimes city to city and here it is what Varzaneh offers to its tentative visitors.
We go shopping the ingredients from the local market and hanging around native grocery with lots of whimsical herbs, different spices and Iranian indigenous medicines. After shopping, we go beyond the common barrier between the local community and tourist shelter. Let’s roll up sleeves and set to prepare the Iranian feast labelled with Varzaneh vantage! Follow the local cook going with recipes; peel, slice, pour, whisk, poach and roll.
Appreciate multiple types of homemade pickles, garden vegetables and fruits, healthy snacks and different herbal teas all made at home. Depending on the season there are more culinary activities such as making yoghurt, cheese and pickles but if not, you will get to taste all seasonal side dishes with the main meal.
Travel to the Iranian kitchen with local guide companies you and cook by your side. Dare to make your taste buds crave for more and bring it to the ultimate adventure. There is no limit on your way. Taste and ask. Sniff all spices and learn their indigenous names, application and go beyond the touch. There is a story to hear behind everything in there since we endear stories in this exceptional tour.
In this cosy and traditional setting of a private garden yard, reward yourself by a perfect lunch table and enjoy savoury home-cooked meals you made to happen. Then complete your joy with brewing herbal tea you have bought from local grocery while tasting traditional homemade snacks as a refresher.