Spanish Cooking Course

Are you short of time but passionate about food and travel?

My shorter Spanish Cooking Course is the perfect food holiday for busy people who have an appetite for food adventures and authentic Andalucian flavours.


Fish Market

Buying fish at the local market

Based over 4 nights and 3 days, this is a shorter more intense Spanish Cooking Course. As a small group, we cram in a tapas tour, market visits, cooking classes and Sherry education Sharpen your kitchen skills by day and you’ll still have plenty of free time to relax, explore or catch up on work for 2 evenings.

I’ve been running cooking courses and food holidays in Spain for over 10 years and this re-developed course goes back to my roots by diving into everything I love about this region of Spain. We will be based in my kitchen in Vejer de la Frontera where we will explore the concept of Spanish slow food, everything we prepare will be local, seasonal and subject to freshness and availability. This is ‘zero miles’, ‘farm to table’ food at it’s best.

There will be a maximum of 8 people in any class which will give you a more intensive experience.

This short-break Spanish Cooking Course makes a wonderful gift for foodies who would love an authentic food culture experience in a spectacular part of Spain. Also as an add-on to any existing Spanish travel plans, see my suggestions below for extending your trip below and contact me with any questions.

If you do have more time, look at my Spanish culinary classics which includes a day in the Sherry Triangle, a day on gourmet tour in Cadiz and a free day to explore Vejer.

Course Summary
  • When

     Sunday 24th – Thursday 28th March 2019

    Sunday 14th – Thursday 18th April 2019  – 1 place available

    Thursday 20th – Monday 24th June 2019 – 1 place available

    Thursday 11th – Monday 15th July 2019

    Thursday 12th – Monday 15th September 2019

    For additional dates in 2019, group bookings or bespoke tours please contact me to discuss options.

  • Duration

    4 nights, 3 days – approximate times;

    • Thursday evening we meet at 8pm
    • Friday day; 10.30am to 4.30pm (evening free)
    • Saturday day; 10.30am to 5pm (evening free)
    • Sunday day; 10.30am to 4.30pm & evening; 8pm to 10pm
  • Includes

    • Tapas tour of Vejer de la Frontera
    • 3 daytime cooking classes
    • 3 lunches at Annie B’s Spanish Kitchen ‘Casa Alegre’
    • Evening paella cooking class, Sherry cocktail class & supper
    • Visit to Barbate fish market
    • Two free evenings at your leisure
    • All wine & drinks with classes and scheduled meals
    • All transport during course schedule
    • Spanish wine & Sherry education
    • All recipes to take home
    • Certificate & Apron
  • Price

    Starting prices for course & accommodation for 4 nights. Seasonal variations apply

    Please enquire for the exact cost for your dates

    Staying at Hotel La Casa Del Califa (includes breakfast)

    €1250 pp (2 people sharing)

    €1420 pp (single occupancy)

    Course only – please enquire

    See my selection of recommended places to stay for more information

    *Prices inclusive of tax. Prices do not include flights or transfers. 

  • Attendees

    Limited to a maximum of 6 people

    Private groups of up to 12 people

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What To Expect With This Course

Welcome Evening:

Welcome to Vejer! You will be immediately immersed in Spanish life as we walk around the town to meet some of my friends in the fabulous tapas bars in Vejer to sample some of the very delicious dishes on offer.

Day 1:

A Taste of Andalucia! We meet in the morning to buy our produce for the day’s cooking, where you will learn how to make some classic Spanish dishes. Using seasonal foods, local seafood and cured meats, such as Chorizo, various cuts of pork, we will be making seasonal salads and stews of meat & vegetables, all with a creative Andalucian twist and plenty of Spanish wines and a splash of Sherry.

After a late lunch (at around 4.30) the evening is yours: kick back and relax at your hotel, sample some tapas bars or catch up on some pressing emails.

Day 2:

Fish Day! No cookery course is complete without a guided trip to a typical fish market. We set off on the short journey to ‘El Mercado de Abastos’ (the main food market) in Barbate, which is the tuna capital of Spain and the main Almadraba town of the area. First off we will visit a traditional tuna preserve shop to see the various and delicious products on offer, (this is a good chance to buy goodies to take home with you). El Mercado de Abastos is where the fishermen arrive with their catch of the day so it just doesn’t get any fresher than this. After learning about the fish and seafood that’s on offer at the market we will select our fish for the day’s class.

After the market and on the way back to Vejer, we will stop at a local ‘venta’ where we’ll eat a very typical Andaluz breakfast. Make sure you save some space for this!

Depending on what is available at the market, today we might be preparing ‘Boquerones’ – which are anchovies – fried and pickled, prawns, squid, clams and perhaps salt baked fish. You’ll also enjoy a tasting of different preserved tuna. All will be washed down with wonderful wines of the region.

Day 3:

Flavours of Morocco! For over 600 years the Moors lived in Vejer and although all aspects of their culture were expelled in 1492, their legacy lives on through the local cuisine. This day of delicious and healthy food includes salads and vegetables, with the addition of chicken and possibly fish. ‘Ottolenghi’ style dishes that are brimming with fresh flavours from preserved lemons, carrots, aubergines, olives, almonds and of course mint. Many of these dishes can be prepared in advance so they are perfect entertainment food for busy people.

Paella & Sherry Cocktails! After a short break, you’ll return to Casa Alegre at 8pm to learn the art of making a show-stopping and utterly authentic Paella. This evening is led by Pepi, Annie B’s No. 1 cook and best Paella maker in town. Bring a charged phone for photos of this Instagrammable dish!  This evening we will also try our hand at making Sherry cocktails; there is a Sherry to match all flavours of food and this will be a unique way to demonstrate your new understanding of Spanish food and cooking to your friends.

Day 4:

Departure Day. If you’re leaving Spain to get back to family or work commitments, I hope that your appetite has been satisfied and that you have thoroughly enjoyed your stay. If you do have time to stay on in Vejer or the wider region, I’d be very happy to assist you with your onward plans. (Please see my extended travel suggestions below).

Extended Travel Suggestions

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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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