Local Delicacies: 20-24 OCTOBER

This 5-day workshop with Chef Semsa Denizsel invites food lovers to explore the regional cuisine of Turkey’s Northern Aegean coast.

In a land known for its olives and high-quality extra virgin olive oil, our Local Delicacies workshop gives an introduction to the flavors, specialty ingredients, and delicious dishes from the area. During the autumn Local Delicacies workshop, we will work the olive harvest for an afternoon and see the full process from the groves to the oil mill and into the kitchen. Freshly pressed olive oil will be available for participants to take home with them.

The program consists of hands-on cooking lessons, shopping in the local bazaar, day-trips and tastings with artisan food producers, an afternoon olive harvest experience, as well as communal meals at Cooks Grove and in local restaurants.

Scheduled dates: 20-24 October, 2019
Duration: 5 days
Maximum: 8 participants

Local transportation, meals listed in the itinerary, and accommodations are included in this program. Airfare is not included in our programs, however, flights should be organized arriving/departing from the Balikesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and scheduling adjustments.

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Sample Itinerary:

Airport transfers
Welcome cocktails and dinner at Cooks Grove

Morning visit to the Burhaniye market
Lunch at Cooks Grove featuring seasonal local products
Evening Free

Morning trip to Idamera farm
Restaurant lunch in Edremit
Afternoon break
Dinner on the island of Cunda

Morning olive harvest at Cooks Grove
Olive oil tasting
Teaching Kitchen workshop featuring olive oil and raki
Lunch at Cooks Grove
Evening Free

Breakfast at Cooks Grove
Morning trip to Tıflıpaşa Helvacısı in Edremit for a helva + tahini tasting
Transfer to the EDO airport


A non-refundable 50% deposit is required to confirm your booking. The remaining balance is due 30 days before your scheduled arrival date.

All of our Teaching Kitchen programs will be taught in English, unless of course, we have a private group of Turkish-speaking guests.
Airfare is not included in any of our programs, however, guests should plan their flights to/from the Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey.


We will offer a 50% refund on the full payment, only if a written cancellation notice is received at least 30 days before your scheduled arrival date. If a request to cancel is received less than 30 days before your scheduled arrival date, no refund will be issued.

Cooks Grove reserves the right to cancel any booking for any reason. If a booking needs to be cancelled on our end, we will notify you as soon as possible and a 100% refund will be issued.