Your AuthenticAkko Experience
Upcoming Events at Beit Elfarasha
COOKING WORKSHOP, MEAL & TOUR OF THE COLORFUL MARKET IN OLD AKKO
12:00 - 16:00
You are invited to a cooking workshop in the pampering center of Beit Elfarasha, the Butterfly House in Arabic, a beautiful Ottoman house that has been renovated with a lot of love. In the workshop we will learn how to prepare authentic Akko food under the guidance of local cooks, who will reveal to us the secrets of the Akko cuisine, we will cook together and then sit down for a meal together.
The workshop includes a personal meeting and getting to know the hostess and the cook Kurdi Manar, and we will learn to cook the following dishes:
- Fattoush salad
- Baba ghanoush
- Lentil soup
- Crispy pita with olive oil and thyme
- Beirut Nights for dessert
During the workshop, we will also make special pickles that we can take home with us as a gift and we will also receive a booklet with all the recipes.
At the end of the workshop, we will sit down for a meal together, after which we will tour the local market of Akko, hear stories about life in Akko, enter the world of spices, and learn which spices are suitable for soup, rice, cookies, and more. During the tour, we will learn about the products in the market and we will buy some of the workshop ingredients that we used.
When? Friday, May 26, 12 pm – 4 pm
Where? Beit Elfarasha, Old Akko
Price: 300 NIS per person
Beit Elfarasha opened in December 2020 in a newly renovated Ottoman building, which has remnants from the Crusader period. It is situated in a picturesque, authentic alley in heart of the Old City of Akko, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea – and just a minute walk from the original ancient sea wall.
Cathy Raff, who has been involved in the Old City since 2009, has fulfilled a lifelong dream of establishing a center where local women would be able to share the love for their native cuisine with guests from Israel and abroad. Her vision was to enable direct conversations around a shared passion for food and culture, enabling visitors to be more than tourists for the day, as they interact with the people who inhabit the city, which makes it so special.
The ground floor includes a state-of-the-art kitchen where workshops are held, plus a living room for hosting cultural events. The first floor has two, spacious suites, while the top floor offers a rooftop, sea-view terrace – a place to hang out and enjoy the air and atmosphere of this ancient Mediterranean city.
This newly restored, 200+ year old building, equipped with the most modern infrastructure, combines supreme attention to detail in every suite, along with a cozy inviting sitting area in the lobby, to meet, learn and interact with the locals. All this makes the “Beit Elfarasha Experience” a welcome addition to the many charms the City of Akko has to offer.