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TASTE LEBANON – WHAT IT BRINGS TO THE TABLE

Founded in 2009, by Middle Eastern food expert Bethany Kehdy, Taste Lebanon is a pioneer in culinary and rural tourism in Lebanon and offers the ultimate in culinary and cultural packages, designed for people who love and appreciate Lebanese food and who are looking for a truly authentic and intimate experience.

Taste Lebanon is driven by a deep-rooted appreciation for Lebanon; its rich culinary reportoire, countryside, and under-appreciated rural areas and is very much influenced by Bethany’s childhood spent on her family’s dairy farm in the village of Baskinta.

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We pride ourselves on providing rare opportunities for our guests to meet with locals and break bread with the invaluable guardians of our rich culinary heritage in their homes across the country, while they learn the authentic techniques and stories behind each producer’s culinary specialities.

And, so, our focus at Taste Lebanon is to enrich each of our guests with unique experiences they would not otherwise gain as they travel on their own whilst also raising awareness amongst tourists and Lebanese about the origins of ingredients and culinary processes and traditions all the while encouraging the host’s continued sense of pride and ownership of their trade.

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Revolving around Lebanon’s four seasons, guests are encouraged to join in the local harvests, canning, preserving or mouneh making, cooking with villagers and producers in their kitchens, and gaining insights into traditional cooking methods meanwhile helping them “put more food on their table”.

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Taste Lebanon offers 5-7-day Food Treks, 1-3 day Rural Escapes, and 1-day Beirut Bites tours, as well as a la carte options including 1-3 day Wine Wanders, 2 -3 day Food & Fitness Retreats, 1-3 day Sacred Retreats, 1-day Buzz with the Bees and Cooking Workshops for adults and children and anything in between. We’ve also tailored many a honeymoon, birthday and corporate team building experience, too.

By using our services, you benefit from our expertise and access to wonderful and lesser-known locations, an authentic and fully tailored experience as well as a strong five-year track record; welcoming locals, visitors and media from across the world

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TASTE LEBANON - WHERE THE JOURNEY BEGAN   Taste Lebanon was inspired by Bethany’s unrelenting urge to bring her friends back to Lebanon and as the cliche goes, 'experience a side of the country they didn’t hear of in the news.’ She wanted to share her passion for Lebanon, its food heritage, rural landscapes and artisan producers. And so, Taste Lebanon began its journey as a bi-annual seven-day food trek across the country and quickly attracted the wanderlust of international foodies. News of the tours spread and subsequently Bethany began running Taste Lebanon press trips for the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism. In 2012, Bethany began offering 1-day urban trips, known as Beirut Bites as well as one day Rural Escapes for those who have less time to commit to the full seven day Food Trek journey. Bethany’s passion for Lebanon is insatiable and her participation in tailoring each tour, even when she’s not able to lead it, remains an important part of what she does.   1186087_543318429055846_1162039755_n   Bethany’s long-lived dream of offering agro-tourism weekends at the family farm in the foothills of Mt. Sanine is becoming closer to reality as the family slowly and lovingly develops a rustic boutique hotel to welcome guests from all around Lebanon and the world. Guests will be immersed in plenty of fun and enriching activities including harvest-your-own, cooking workshops, health and relaxation activities and to provide guests with an opportunity to simply stop, rejoice and appreciate serene moments in a pristine corner of Lebanon. For all those interested in more information and the launch, please sign up to the newsletter here.   Ahla w sahla! We welcome you to join us in exploring Lebanon.     Bethany-Kehdy---Taste-Lebanon

Bethany Kehdy - Founder and Culinary Explorer

    Bethany is a culinary explorer, cook, presenter, award-winning author and founder of Taste Lebanon.
  Hailed by Yotam Ottolenghi as “a new champion of Middle Eastern food” Bethany has a knack for drawing others to join in exploring the diverse culinary traditions of Lebanon. Fluent in English, Arabic and French, she engages and communicates clearly between the local community and her guests, creating a unique & dynamic experience all the while ensuring an interactive, hands-on approach.
  Her book "The Jewelled Kitchen" was recently the winner of the UK Gourmand World Cookbook award and was praised for "combining ancient practice with modern sensibility, with an eye towards demystifying the cuisine for the modern home cook”. The book was also credited as the cookbook of the week at The Telegraph and has featured in The Times and The Guardian and listed by the New York Times in their top 30 cookbooks for 2013.  


The Jewelled Kitchen

A Stunning Collection of Lebanese, Moroccan and Persian Recipes
by Bethany Kehdy

Available for Order @

  Bethany is the Mentor on Season 1 of The Taste Arabia  and the founder of Europe’s leading international food blogging conference, “ Food Blogger Connect."  She is currently in the process of writing her follow up book to "The Jewelled Kitchen” with a Middle Eastern food range in development for launch in the UK.  

Iffat Saadeh

Iffat - Culinary Explorer

Iffat grew up as a member of a Beirut family and has a passion for her country Lebanon and especially her city Beirut. Growing up, she observed the preparation of traditional dishes and learned recipes handed down from both her grandmothers. Iffat previously worked as a teacher, having been an expatriate for 28 years, travelling extensively in the Gulf and Middle East experiencing its diverse cultures and cuisine, which has further deepened her understanding of local cultures and traditions in the area. She is also an avid world traveller and a foodie par excellence. Iffat is fluent in Arabic and English and is always on the look-out for the latest trends in the world of food and cooking.

Hisham

Hisham - Culinary Explorer

Hisham is a graphic designer and food blogger who has made his way into food writing, styling, and photography through the recipes, stories, and photos he shares on his blog. Having been raised in a food-loving Lebanese family which came to Lebanon during the Nabka, Hisham has been collecting many influences to begin his own personal path in food. Hisham learnt all about food by watching his home-cook mother and his butcher father (who himself came from a whole family of butchers) learning the basics they bestowed on him and taking it from there. Having experiences in theater and 'social clowning' gives Hisham an animated character which keeps tours fun and entertaining. He is also an avid eater and relentlessly builds his culinary repertoire of flavors by eating everywhere he goes.

Eli Kehdy

Eli Kehdy - Culinary Explorer

Born in Lebanon and raised between the states and Lebanon, Eli is fluent in Arabic and English and has a diverse upbringing and understanding of cultures and traditions. Spending summers in Lebanon’s rural regions overseeing plantations, maintenance, and harvests has aided him to grasp the culinary love from the roots.

Between law school, managing the ancestral farm lands, and observing traditional dishes being prepared, he has rapidly developed a passion for food and the history of its evolution process. Shadowing Bethany throughout her culinary ventures has widened Eli’s perspective of local and regional cuisine. Juggling through the mountain and city life, he has acquired a hands on experience of how Lebanese culinary dishes are created from the fields to the dinner table for the ultimate rural experience.

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