Many Jews from abroad come to visit Israel, where they take in the impressive ancient history and modern wonders of the Jewish state, but on one unique Taglit-Birthright Israel trip participants are given an in-depth tour of what makes Israel "yummy."
In Taglit's unique culinary trip, being held as a niche group for the program's free ten-day visits to Israel, participants learn about Israeli cuisine, visiting organic farms in the desert, boutique wineries and markets, while meeting chefs and generally having a gourmet good time.
A guide on the culinary trip told Arutz Sheva that many of the participants are chefs, and that the goal is to teach them not only about Israeli history, but also "to teach them about the culture through eating, obviously, which is the best thing to do."
Mckayla, a participant on the trip, termed it a "bonding experience with the land through food," and said she would be leaving the trip with recipes and "as much food as we can bring back."
"What makes Israeli food special is the mix of cultures that have spent thousands of years in this place, (it) is the Jewish homeland, and finding a cuisine that speaks to us," opined Jason, another participant on the tour.
One thing is certain – none of those on the trip are going to be leaving on an empty stomach, as they take in the rich gourmet history of the Holy Land.
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