Although Georgia is a small country, it has a great diversity in its culinary traditions. Each region has its own specific recipes and dishes. You will explore how several distinct cultures have contributed to the food collectively known as 'Georgian'. We will employ a variety of critical academic approaches to studying how Georgian national identity and history are intrinsically connected to its cuisine. We will investigate how food plays a role in ethnic identity, social justice, and how societal changes and policies impact food security.
The history and identity of Georgian cuisine is crafted in the tastes, smells, and composition of its dishes. You will learn how to prepare Georgian meals, which were influenced by Middle Eastern and European culinary traditions. This mix makes Georgian food unique! As we cook and eat our meals, we will learn the history associated with each dish and its ingredients. This program provides which makes it one of the best summer culinary programs abroad.
During your trip to Georgia, we will take you to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, you will see the 5th century capital of Georgia at Mtskheta. Then, we will travel west to the medieval Gelati Monastery, built by Georgian King David the Builder. Finally, we will go to mountainous Svaneti.
You will learn how to prepare dishes from different parts of Georgia. Khachapuri (Georgian cheese-bread) and Khinkali (dumplings) are the preferred options for most Georgians, and they come in a variety of styles! You will even learn how to make churchkhela, popularly known as ‘Georgian snickers’.
Studies have found winemaking in Georgia dating back 6000 years, making it the home of wine! Indeed, wine occupies a very important place in Georgian culture and traditions, and when you try it you will understand why! For the bravest among you, there is the option to try Georgian chacha (similar to grappa).
Experience the tallest mountains in Europe when we visit Svaneti. This part of Georgia is known for its breathtaking beauty and its history of warring clans. The mountains and ancient settlements, including the highest inhabited village in Europe, Ushguli, will stay with you forever.
Georgia has recently developed its seaside areas into beguiling resorts. Batumi offers warm Black Sea beaches during the day, hot clubs at night. Batumi and Ajara are historically significant as the region through which St. Nino brought Christianity to Georgia. Many Georgian Muslims also call it home.
Georgia, located on crossroads of the ancient Silk Road, has a rich history and culture, a unique language with a beautiful alphabet, and some of the best food and drink you will ever have. It is Georgia’s uniqueness which make it, as CNN dubs, ‘one of Europe’s hottest new destinations’.