Local Delicacies Workshop

This 4-day workshop with Chef Şemsa 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 flavours, specialty ingredients, and delicious dishes from the area. The program consists of hands-on cooking lessons, shopping in the local bazaar, day-trips and tastings with artisan food producers, as well as communal meals at Cooks Grove and in local restaurants.  

Scheduled Dates: Sunday – Thursday

Duration: 4 days

A minimum of 4 participants as a group are required.

Most of our hands-on teaching kitchen workshops at Cooks Grove will be limited to small groups up to 12 guests. The program includes meals, all activities listed in the itinerary, guest accommodations and transportation. Participants will be hosted in local hotels in the nearby town of Ayvalık. Airfare and transfers to/from airport are not included in any of our programs; however, if flights are organized arriving/departing from the Balıkesir Koca Seyit Airport (EDO) in Edremit, Turkey, transfers can be arranged at additional cost. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather conditions and scheduling adjustments.


Day 1:
Check-in into hotels
Welcome dinner at Cooks Grove

Day 2:
Tea and simit at the local farmer’s market
Morning at the farmer’s market with small producers, collecting food stuffs for our class
Coffee at Cooks Grove
Hands-on cooking lesson + late lunch with Chef Şemsa Denizsel
Afternoon and evening free

Day 3:
Breakfast at Cooks Grove
Daily trip to the nearby to self-sustainable farm
Light lunch including a selection of the farm’s cheeses, salads from its produce and local wine
Afternoon free
Restaurant dinner in Cunda

Day 4:
Hands-On Cooking Lesson and prep for dinner
Lunch at a local eatery in Ayvalık
Free time to relax or explore the town center
Local Delicacies farewell dinner at Cooks Grove

Day 5:
Visit artisanal helva makers to observe traditional helva making of the area.
Lunch at a tradesmen’s lunch eatery

– For confirmation full payment for the whole group is required 30 days prior to the arrival date. For cancellation 30 days prior to arrival date full reimbursement will be made; up to 15 days only half of the fee will be returned.
– As for any later cancellations, we are sorry to inform no reimbursements will be made.
– All participants should be 16+ of age.

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