Excelent program, 4 master-classes on cooking traditional Armenian dishes and sweets. A gourmet celebration!
- TRANSFER YEREVAN ASHTARAKATS 30 minutes
- MASTER CLASS IN ASHTARAKATS 1 hour
- SHOW AROUND AND TESTING GOURMET DOURME 30 minutes
- TRANSFER ASHTARAK - OSHAKAN 30 minutes
- MASTER CLASS OF GHAPAMA 1 hour
- MASTER CLASS OF BARBEQUE IN TANDOOR 45 minutes
- TRANSFER OSHAKAN - YEREVAN 30 minutes
Aragatsotn region, 30 km from Yerevan.
If you are a chocolate lover, be sure to visit the Gourmet Durme chocolate factory. Here it is not just produced, it is created as a work of art. The combination of high-quality handmade chocolate and creative packaging will not leave indifferent the sweet tooth of any age. In addition, Gourmet Durme chocolate is an excellent answer to the question “What should I bring as a present to my family?”
Visitors to the factory will be able to learn interesting moments in the history of chocolate, see how the whole production process goes, try the freshest product and take part in the manual packaging of chocolate.
The cozy Hacekas Guesthouse in Oshakan invites us to a master class on cooking delicious Armenian dishes - the famous kebab in a tandoor and sweet gapama. Hatsekas is a large old house with antique furniture and a spacious terrace with barbecue and tandoor.
Shish kebab needs no introduction, but gapama is unfairly deprived of attention. Pre-cooked rice, dried fruits, nuts and honey are baked in a pumpkin, like in a pot. This difficult dish in the old days was prepared by the whole family. He was so loved that it became an obligatory dish of all holiday tables - for the New Year, Easter, birthdays, and especially at weddings.
According to legend, the pumpkin symbolizes the planet Earth, rice is humanity, and dried fruits and nuts are people of different faiths and nationalities. On a planet where different peoples of different faiths live, good must triumph. And the gapama was preparing for peace to reign on Earth.
In addition to legends, people composed songs about this dish, under which it is solemnly served to the table. We will learn how to properly clean the pumpkin, prepare the filling and bake the “pot” in the tandoor.
The Ashtarakats wine cellar, or as it used to be called the Gaspar or Osik house, is located 25 km from Yerevan, in the old Boynu quarter of Ashtarak, from which its name derives. This region is simply strewn with Christian historical and cultural monuments, sights and museums, where the national character of Armenia is sharply felt. Ashtarakats just belongs to one of them, here in the old wine cellar we will get acquainted with the secrets of Armenian winemaking.
Ashtarakac is rich not only in equipment for making wine, but also in many other antiques: scales that are more than 100 years old, a lot of antique watches, old TVs with new design approaches, copper products, containers and other items for storing alcohol. Here is the oldest vodka factory in Ashtarak, which is fully built from copper products and containers.
There is a beautiful courtyard, pavilions, a cozy corner of nature, the breath of which refreshes the Ashtarak Mother River, flowing in the courtyard.