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FARM TO TABLE

Private 8-hour Cooking Experience

Private visit with the farm owner 

Fantastic organic food and drinks

Authentic experience off the tourist radar

Description

Are you looking for the most authentic food experience in Barcelona? Are you into cooking, and farm to table life? Then you will love our Farm To Table Cooking Experience. Together with a local guide, expert in local gastronomy and farm to table adventures, you'll take a unique journey into the Catalan countryside life. First, you'll visit a small-scale organic farm together with the owner of the farm, who will share with you his work and passion for organic agriculture and farmers' life in Catalonia. He'll tell you about local crops, how he started, challenges at the farm, and the very creative solutions he came up with to become a renowned vegetable producer in the area.  Under our host's guidance, you'll visit the farming lands and pick your own fresh, seasonal veggies to be cooked later on. After the harvest, the farmer will offer you a tasting breakfast of seasonal fruit and vegetable where he will share simple but delicious local organic foods from the farm with you. The visit lasts some 1,5 hours, although sometimes even a bit longer as the farmer really enjoys showing visitors around the farm. Prepare for a singular encounter with one of the friendliest and most interesting people of our region, to be lived once in a lifetime -at least!  We'll then take you to our favorite farmhouse in the Barcelona countryside, located a few kilometers away from the farm. There, we have set the most magical and unique hands-on cooking experience, where we will use our own harvest of the day to prepare a fantastic traditional meal. You'll be met by the owner of the farmhouse, who also happens to be a renowned local chef. He will give you a brief introduction about the house and his projects, before taking you for a walk to pick some wild herbs in their garden that we will use for the meal. Around lunchtime, we'll start our cooking experience - a unique cooking session where you will prepare a 3-course traditional Catalan meal, using 100% organic and farm-to-table ingredients.  Prepare to discover our best traditional dishes, all made using your chef's own family recipes. We might be making calçots (the amazing Catalan onions) in winter, mountain rice and/or fideua (the Catalan noodle seafood paella) in summer. We can also cook traditional meat stews, omelet with wild asparagus (in spring), chicken with apple or other great local delicacies. We can also create a fully vegetarian and/or vegan menu, inspired by our traditional regional recipes. Since this is a private cooking class, you get to fully customize your menu between our seasonal menu options, choosing a combination of 1 starter, 1 main dish, and 1 dessert to be cooked. Using healthy, traditional family recipes and local, seasonal and organic ingredients, you’ll discover the real Catalan cuisine just like we cook it at home.   Finally, it will be time to enjoy the fantastic meal you've been creating. If the weather allows, we'll cook and eat outside as much as possible, so that we can enjoy the beautiful views and quietness of the countryside. Fine regional small-batch wines will be offered to you both when cooking and as food pairings to celebrate your creations. Please note that this is a totally unique cooking and eating experience, getting you up close with the Catalan local life. This is fully hands-on. You'll get to participate in each step of the process. From picking veggies to making fire, cooking, and eating with new friends. You'll probably get your hands dirty, your shoes dirty and have one of the best times of your holidays in Spain. You'll not only support the local life, you'll also see where the food comes from and how it's been grown organically. This is a real cultural and human experience, and we highly recommend it to families with children, groups of friends and couples that want a truly unique food experience in Barcelona.

Details

Starting Time:  9 a.m.

Length: 8 hours  

Available: Monday to Saturday

Inclusions

-- 8-hour private experience guided by an expert in local wine and food

-- Transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned car (or minivan) for the whole day  

-- Pick up from and drop off to your accommodation 

-- Fully hands-on harvesting, cooking and eating experience at TWO different sustainable projects 

-- 1,5-hour private guided visit to the organic farm in the morning, including the visit to the organic farming fields, the harvest of seasonal vegetables, and a food tasting with your host

-- Farmhouse and chef booked in exclusivity for your group

-- Hands-on cooking class with the preparation of a 3-course meal - traditional Catalan food   

-- 100% local, farm-to-table ingredients 

-- Fine selection of regional, small-batch organic wines to enjoy while cooking and with lunch

-- A few surprise drinks and foods :)

  • How do I book an experience?
    Request a booking: On each of our experiences pages, you will find a request button leading to a contact form. Simply complete the form and we’ll get back to you with further information and a quote. A partial or full payment is always required to confirm your booking.
  • Do you offer small-group tours?
    At the moment, we only offer fully private experiences. However, we're working on multi-day trips that will be made available on a small-group tour basis. To learn more about it and when we launch that new format, make sure to sign up to our Newsletter.
  • Do you accept large groups?
    Yes, we accept groups up to 60 people. For groups over 20 people, we recommend booking well in advance as we will modify our experiences to better adapt to your group size. Please fill up our request form and we'll get back to you with a personalized offer.
  • What if I have dietary restrictions?
    We are very comfortable when it comes to adapting our menus and food offerings. We can cater to all types of dietary restrictions, preferences and allergies. Please add a note to your request and we'll confirm we can cater to you before booking.
  • What should I bring?
    Comfortable clothes and shoes, and depending on the season and expected weather, sun protection and a rain jacket when rain is expected. We will provide everything else for the experience. So, bring your best smile and get ready to enjoy!
  • How can I customize my experience?
    Each and every one of our experiences will be personalized to your tastes, needs and previous experiences. We customize our itineraries and visits for our customers thanks to a quick process of customization that takes place right after booking.
  • What is the minimum age?
    Although we welcome children all ages for this experience, we would recommend it for children aged 14+. See instead our Private Cooking Class in Barcelona for children of all ages, as well as our Montserrat, Wine & Olive Oil Tour for children over 8 years old.
  • Who is this experience suitable for?
    Groups of friends and couples willing to experience a unique food tour in Barcelona. Companies are welcome too.
  • What is the minimum age?
    We welcome children of all ages, however, this definitely isn't our most children-friendly experience. We would recommend instead our Farm To Table Cooking Experience for children of all ages, as well as our Montserrat, Wine & Olive Oil Tour for children over 8 years old.
  • Who is this experience suitable for?
    Families, groups of friends and couples willing to experience a wine tour in the Penedes. Students and companies are welcome too.
  • What is the minimum age?
    We welcome children of all ages, however, our regular format for our Montserrat, Wine & Olive Oil Tour that includes the boutique winery isn't the most children-friendly experience. Instead, we can offer our Private Olive Oil Tour in Barcelona. Success guaranteed for the whole family! Otherwise, our Private Cooking Class in Barcelona as well as our Farm To Table Cooking Experience will be enjoyed by children of all ages.
  • Who is this experience suitable for?
    Families, groups of friends and couples willing to experience a unqieu Montserrat experience. Students and companies are welcome too.
  • Who is this experience suitable for?
    Families, groups of friends and couples willing to experience a unique farm to table cooking class in Barcelona. Students and companies are welcome too.
  • What if I am not an expert cook?
    Our cooking experiences are suitable for all levels. Make sure you let us know about your level, especially if you’re experienced in the kitchen, as we have many available options to further dive into Catalan cuisine and cook complex dishes.
  • Can I choose what we will cook?
    Yes, of course! During the customization process, we'll send you a menu suggestion with several seasonal options for each course for you to create a unique menu.
  • What is the minimum age?
    Our cooking experiences are children friendly, which means there is no minimum age required to participate. Children aged 0 to 3 years old may join for free if a baby seat is available and as long as there is space available in the vehicle offered for the experience. If there is no space available and we need to use a larger vehicle, an extra fee will be required. Note that no food or drinks are included for babies 0 to 3 years joining for free in our experiences. Parents will need to make their own arrangements to take care of their babies and will be fully responsible for them during the duration of the experience.
  • Do you accept credit cards?
    We accept credit cards only for online payments. We do not have a credit card terminal, so if you still need to pay something the day of the experience please bring some cash with you.
  • When should I do the experience?
    During the experience, we show you and tell you many things about the local lifestyle in Barcelona. We often give personal recommendations or tips to dive in the local life that many of our guests enjoy during the next days of their stay. That’s why we recommend you to book our experiences at the beginning of your stay in Barcelona.
  • Where can I find the price of the experience?
    To receive a quote, you first need to contact us through our request form and fill in all the details needed.
  • Can I just show up on the day of the experience?
    No, only bookings arranged by email with us and following our terms and conditions will guarantee you an experience with us.
  • What happens if the weather is bad?
    All our experiences happen rain or shine. In case of anticipated rain, try to bring with you a raincoat and appropriate clothes. We will always try to make our best to adapt the experience to any external conditions. We would only cancel a booking if the weather could be dangerous (storm or natural disaster, very unlikely!). In the case we can not reschedule and decide to cancel the tour, we would fully refund you.
  • What is your cancelation policy?
    If Barcelona Slow Travel has to cancel an experience for any reason, all amounts paid by the customer to Barcelona Slow Travel will be fully refunded. If the cancellation is made by the customer 48 hours or less before the beginning of the experience, or in the case of a no-show, Barcelona Slow Travel will not issue any refund. If the cancellation is made more than 48 hours and less than 15 days before the beginning of the experience, 50% of the total price of the experience will be refunded to the customer by Barcelona Slow Travel. In case the customer and Barcelona Slow Travel find a common agreement, a change of date can be offered to the customer for a small extra amount. If the cancellation is made more than 15 days before the beginning of the experience, 80% of the total price of the experience will be refunded to the customer by Barcelona Slow Travel. In case the customer and Barcelona Slow Travel find a common agreement, a change of date can be offered to the customer for a small extra amount (or at no extra charge in some cases, when the cancelation is made well in advance). Exceptions: for most sights entrances, the cancellation policies are very strict and the bookings cannot be modified or refunded. In those cases of private tours including sights, the entrances already booked cannot be refunded by Barcelona Slow Travel to the customer.

What they say about this experience:

"Farm to table experience – the highlight of our visit to Barcelona! On New Year’s Day, our family (of 2 adults and two teens) was picked up right at our hotel by a lovely couple, Guillermo and Christina. We visited some local organic farms, where we met the kindest, most knowledgeable farm owners and harvested our own produce and eggs, which we later used to make a scrumptious dinner! This experience was first class all the way, hands down the best part of our visit to Barcelona, and worth doing again should we return!" ~ Alisha Z. "Great day of farm, food and wine! We booked a private tour with Guillermo for the Farm to Table Cooking Experience and it was perfect! A short drive out of Barcelona to the organic farming region and we were picking our fresh vegetables for an awesome authentic lunch in the countryside. We really enjoyed meeting the farmers and Guillermo did a great job of translating the history and questions we had for the farmers. Enjoyed a quick visit to an organic chicken farm and meeting Laura the owner. The eggs were later used for Crema Catalana which we helped make and really enjoyed. Had some wine, traditional tomato bread and cheese for a starter, and lunch was an awesome fresh organic salad followed by chicken paella. The absolute best paella we have had in Spain! Learned a lot and enjoyed every moment of the cooking experience. The hosts for our lunch spot were very gracious and had a beautiful home in a historic private wooded area. Simply beautiful. Guillermo is a great cook and instructor! We enjoyed some nice organic wines while cooking and with lunch." ~Kim M. "A Perfect Day! We decided to splurge on the last day of our two week France/Spain adventure with Guillermo leading us on a true farm to table journey. My wife, daughter and I were picked up by our smiling guide and we immediately hit it off with great conversation, shared interests and gaining a deep understanding of the sustainable food culture in Catalonia. We spent hours at a local farm, getting to know two generations of passionate organic farmers, picking some of their wonderful produce, which we would prepare, cook and consume later. Isidro and his son are passionate about their craft and true stewards of the land, working on a farm that has been in the family for generations. We were fortunate as it was the beginning of calçot season (google it!), which runs Dec – Feb/Mar. Next we were off to a 400+ year old farmhouse to prepare, cook and eat a meal with the produce we picked, along with some bio dynamic wine and a whole lot of great conversation. Much of the cooking was over an open fire! We got to know the property owners, whose family goes back to the year 978 in the same location. 978!! Overall, an amazing day! Good to get out of the city and experience the countryside, and get to know some people passionate about their craft and wanting to share their passion. We’d highly recommend Guillermo and Barcelona Slow Travel – well worth the time." ~Lisa S. "Amazing Farm to Table Experience! What an adventure! The Farm to Table Cooking Experience was truly a little bit of everything; farming, cooking, drinking and meeting so many wonderful people. This was truly the highlight of my trip! You will not regret it!" ~ Elizabeth "I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since my Barcelona farm to table cooking experience. I’m back home now and my day with Barcelona Slow Travel stands out as the the absolute highlight of my trip. After the farm to table experience I now feel an even deeper sense of connection to the place, the culture, the land, and of course – the food & wine! I sent the Barcelona Slow Travel link to my friends and family to show them how much I enjoyed the experience and many have commented that they could see how much I was enjoying myself. Of course, they all want to try the porron, which is no problem because I bought one as my special souvenir and I now have it at home waiting for friends to practice with! Many thanks to Guillaume, Marta, and the farm to table hosts, farmers & of course, Chef Pepe for creating & sharing such a rich experience! Muchas gracias!" ~Kathy

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