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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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 - 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.