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TASTE LEBANON – WHAT IT BRINGS TO THE TABLE

Founded in 2009, by Bethany Kehdy, Taste Lebanon is the first culinary food tourism project in the Lebanon. Today, it remains 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.

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Taste Lebanon offers Food Treks,  Rural Escapes, and Urban Adventures, as well as a la carte options including Wine Wanders, Food & Fitness Retreats, Sacred Sight experiences, Hikes and Cooking Workshops for adults and children. We’ve also tailored many a honeymoon, birthday and corporate team building experience, too. Get in touch with us to tailor your next experience.

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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. 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 part of the trek days, 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. And Taste Lebanon grew from there. 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.  
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Bethany’s long-lived dream of offering agro-tourism weekends at the family farm in the foothills of Mt. Sanine is now a reality as the family slowly and lovingly developed a rustic boutique bed and breakfast guesthouse to welcome people from all around Lebanon and the world. Guests are immersed in plenty of fun and enriching activities including harvest-your-own, cooking workshops, health and relaxation activities and are afforded an opportunity to simply stop, rejoice and appreciate serene moments in a pristine corner of Lebanon. Ahla w Sahla, we welcome you to join us in exploring Lebanon.
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Bethany Kehdy - Founder and Culinary Explorer

    Bethany is a chef, award-winning author, presenter, culinary historian 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 debut book "The Jewelled Kitchen" was 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  listed by the New York Times in their top 30 cookbooks for 2013. Her second cookbook, The Jewelled Table, published by Hardie Grant fall of 2018, focuses on the history and lineage of the dishes in the region and has been translated into several languages including German and Dutch.  


The Jewelled Kitchen

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

Available for Order @

  Bethany was the Mentor on Season 1 of The Taste Arabia  and the founder of Europe’s leading international food blogging conference, “ Food Blogger Connect."