The Culinary Tour
of Khandesh provides a unique glimpse into the food culture of Northern Maharashtra and also the upcoming wine culture of India. This cooking tour is a great way to unwind and spend quality time with your loved ones, at the same time exploring amazing new cuisine in the most authentic way possible. Designed by two young and passionate entrepreneurs, the Culinary Tour of Khandesh promises to give you a culinary experience like never before. This tour has been featured in various media articles and also on the Discovery Channel on their new TV show 'IndiaMyWay'. It is also an itinerary approved by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).
The recipes on this tour have been curated by Ms. Ashalata Patil, who is a leading authority on Khandeshi cuisine. She has contributed recipes to prestigious magazines like Purnabramha by Loksatta (Indian Express Group) and has also featured on Colors Marathi channel on a cooking show.
So be a part of this great food fare, where you get to gorge on lip-smacking local food, sip on fine wines, and explore unlikely yet delightful pairings of both. The activity is conducted in Nashik's oldest vineyard (since 1925), where you can roam about, chat with the owner, and cook in an open air setup. Nashik is around 3.5 hours from Mumbai and is connected with an express highway. The venue, just about a kilometer from the express highway, is very easily accessible. The organizer will let you know the exact location once you book your spot.ITINERARY FOR THE DAY:
Start your journey from Mumbai. The Mumbai-Nashik Expressway is very scenic and is a treat to the eyes. There are some amazing spots where you can stop by and soak in the beauty of nature.10:30 AM
Take a tour of the farm. Roam about, learn about grapes, their origin and all the hard work that goes into growing them right. There are other seasonal crops as well.11:30 AM
Now comes the part where you don the chefs apron and start cooking. You can choose a dish from our menu, and we will arrange for you to cook it on the farm under the guidance of the locals. Open-air cooking in a vineyard how often do you get to do that? According to their guests so far,this is the most enjoyable part of the tour. If you're lucky, you can also find and pluck fresh organic vegetables from the patches to use in your cooking.1:30 PM
No its not just the food you make. They have a feast prepared for you too.They treat you to a variety of authentic local dishes, all home cooked, and paired with wines. They will talk you through the lunch, explaining the food, the wine and how they interact with each other on your palate. This is where you slip into food coma. Grab a tissue before you start drooling.3:30 PM
After an epic meal and some relaxation, you will be proceeded to the winery. Depending on which winery they go to, this may take anywhere between 30-60 minutes. They wont take you to the run-of- the-mill wineries, but some exclusive ones. You are allowed to sleep on the way, unless you are driving, of course.
The amount of time spent in the winery depends completely on the group and their interest level, and hence they cannot suggest a finishing time for the same. You may proceed back to Mumbai on the same day or choose to stay back. If you choose the latter, let them know and they can help you with the bookings at preferential rates, through their tie-ups with a couple of good hotels.
Are you ready to embark on this food trip?