15th -19th  & 22nd-26th May 2018

During each Spring the blue fin tuna migrate from their natural habitat, the depths of the chilly Atlantic, into the warmer spawning grounds of the Med. These enormous fish (approx. 200kgs) build up blubber to keep warm in the freezing Atlantic. It’s this fat that makes the Atun Rojo de Almadraba the most delicious tuna in the world and so sought after. Commanding high prices, this Omega 3 infused delicacy melts in your mouth like butter.

This traditional method of the heavily regulated Almadraba harvest is unique to The Costa de la Luz and dates back to the time of the Phoenicians. It lasts for four to six weeks only, depending on when quotas are reached.

This is an ideal trip for kitchen-shy gourmets (only one cooking class) seeking a fascinating alternative to something such as truffle hunting!

Annie B will lead you through the fascinating historical traditions mixed with contemporary local life.  During this adventure, you will experience the uniqueness of the annual Almadraba, both culturally and gastronomically.

Due to globalisation of this blue fin tuna the biggest market is now Japan. This market insists that the fish meets a stress free end to life, resulting in tender tuna meat.  Therefore you will not be witnessing anything messy during the lifting of the tuna traps when out on the boat.

Class Summary
  • When

    15- 19 May 2018

    22 – 26 May 2018

  • Duration

    4 nights & 5 days

  • Price

    from €1,800 pp based on 2 sharing, including 4 nights’ B&B, all food and wine during class hours

  • Includes

    This unique 5 day gourmet tour will include the following

    • An exclusive early morning boat trip to observe one of the four unique Almadraba traps being lifted, in the company of the local leading expert on all things Almadraba
    • Cooking class at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen where you will prepare an array of tuna dishes
    • An unforgettable menu degustation at the tuna temple of El Campero (regarded as Spain’s top fish restaurant) to which all top chefs and gourmands flock during the Almadraba
    • Constantly matching tuna with local wines
    • Day out at a local tuna festival to enjoy innovative tapas
    • Appreciation of nose to tail eating of the blue fin tuna

What To Expect With This Course

Day 1 

Arrival.

Check in to hotel www.lacasadelcalifa.com

Tapas tour of Vejer

Day 2 

Early morning start to watch the Zahara Almadraba trap being lifted. After which you will be able to watch the tuna butchers at work as soon as the massive fish arrive on shore. After which you will return to your hotel to rest and freshen up.

2pm departure for Degustation lunch at El Campero

Free Evening

Day 3 

Departure to Barbate fish market to buy provisions for lunch. We will visit a tuna preserve factory too. Back to the kitchen to dishes such as Tuna Tartare, Atun Encebollada, Salmorejo con Mojama, etc Tastings of preserved tuna.

Evening – Drinks and private Flamenco music.

Day 4 

Today we are heading to the Ruta de Atun in Zahara to taste all the winning dishes of the Ruta de Atun where 32 bars and restaurants have competed to serve the best tapa using the new season’s Almadraba tuna.

Evening – farewell dinner in Vejer

Day 5 

Departure or you can extend your stay in beautiful Vejer.

Note: We will attempt to visit the Almadraba at sea on your first full day here but due to weather, this is not always possible.

Note: Flights, insurance and transfers extra.  Choose between the airports of Gibraltar, Jerez, Seville or Malaga. Airport transfers from Jerez cost from €70. Gibraltar €90.

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Annie B’s tour was a perfect blend of food and drink for our group of wine-obsessed Americans/American Sommeliers. Annie is passionate and hilarious, she planned an action packed few days for us focussing on Spanish wine and Sherry, which we wanted to explore, and also the gourmet delights of Cadiz that she is so knowledgeable about. We cooked, dined, shopped, ate like kings, and even took a day trip to Morocco! Already planning a return trip to Vejer. Thank you, Annie.

Virginia, Master Sommelier USA - May 2016 Group Food & Wine Tour December 15, 2016

Why Vejer de la Frontera

It’s breathtakingly beautiful. Your first glimpse of the town is as a blinding flash of white on a hilltop against the bluest of blue skies. Up close it’s just as easy on the eye, too – a labyrinth of narrow, cobbled streets winding its way between quiet squares, churches and handsome historical buildings, it’s a photographer’s dream.

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