A Taste of Marseille
A Taste of Marseille
Marseille's historic Old Port dates to 600 BC when it was used by the Greeks and over time has led to an influx of immigrants from many countries, North Africa, Armenia, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Russia and more. Along with these new customs and traditions came trade and have heavily influenced Marseille's food culture.
Marseille is one of the most popular French destinations, not only because of its sunny weather but also because of its warm and friendly population who will welcome you to their culture through food. The cuisine of this region is influenced not only by Mediterranean tradition but also from the many cultures that have followed one another over time. Marseille is in fact, a crossroads of many cultures and this educational and delicious food tour will reflect the many characteristics you will soon discover as you try dishes not only French but from all over the world as you learn about the customs of the people of Marseille.
Food is always one of the best ways to learn about a new culture and place. During this tour, you will taste some of the city's specialties selected for you by locals, walk in some of the most beautiful areas of Marseille, including Le Panier, Le Vieux Port, and Noailles, and learn some of the local historical anecdotes. Your walking tour group is kept to no more than twelve guests in the total making for a very intimate and personal experience with your local, knowledgeable guide.
This walking tour will afford you possible tastings that may include typical Provence Rose paired with Tapenade. Traditionally tapenade is olive-based with capers, anchovy, and olive oil. Very popular in the South of France, this dish is commonly enjoyed as a bread spread paired with a glass of Rose. Provence, the very first wine region in France, will deliver its history in a wine glass from the area.
Homemade tuna and salmon "Rillettes", baked to preserve the delicacy and the freshness of the fish spread on toast. Panisse with Aioli sauce, disc shapes of chickpeas are served with an Aioli sauce. Now a Provencal specialty, this dish has its origins in Italy. Tuna with shrimp tartare, chopped into tiny bite-size pieces and cooked by the lemon juice marinade on it, this recipe has a very refreshing quality.
As you walk around the Marseilles fish market, you will see heaps of freshly caught Sardines. Next try marinated sardines, a very delicate marinade that leaves the fish soft and velvety. Marinated in extra virgin olive oil from Provence, the oil provides wonderful, evocative flavors. Roasted cheese with pastises, camembert is one of the most famous French cheeses. Try the pastises stuffed and try dipping a crouton in it.
To round out your food experience, now it's time for oriental sweets, crunchy and melting pastries to enjoy without admission of guilt! Discover the beautiful blue-tiled shop where you will be transported to Tunisia through Loukoums and Makrout. Be provided a delicious cup of tea as a beautiful accompaniment.
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn about this area of France through history and food as you walk in the footsteps of an ancient time.
Please Note: Food options can change seasonally and not all food described is available every day. The above lists are sample ideas of some of the dishes that may be offered.