Food and Wine
In-depth cultural discoveries, exclusive foodie experiences, and expert historical and biblical teaching are hallmarks of this unique experience in Israel.
Food and wine trip 2020 is now open for registration:
May 5–16, 2020 Registration by January 5, 2020 (limited to 14 people). This trip will take you through every major geographical area. We will study place, context, and Bible in the mornings with cultural experiences in the afternoons. The trip includes stoping at 5 wineries, 1 microbrewery, 3 female-led entrepreneurial endeavors (Bedouin, Israeli, Palestinian), and meals with Bedouin, Druze, Arab, and Israeli families. Click here for a general overview and here to register.
Why Food and wine?
Cyndi comes from a foodie family and cannot help but explore every city for the best food experiences it offers. Before pursuing post-graduate work in Biblical Studies, Cyndi worked in a California winery, two Chicago restaurants, a boutique wine and cheese store, and several coffee shops. While living in Israel, Cyndi developed local connections and tasted her way through the country. This exciting trip allows her to share both her biblical knowledge and her passion for food with you.
Together we will taste the produce of the land, smell the spices, hike on rocky trails, and examine the context of biblical history in the process of creating our own impressions of the land. This trip is designed to allow us to pause and take time to ask locals how their culinary traditions connect them to each other and to the land. We will share meals with Bedouin, Druze, Palestinian, and Israeli communities as we explore the deep history of this unique place.
We will travel through the western lowlands, the biblical Negev, the Dead Sea, Galilee, Golan Heights, the Mediterranean coastland, Judean Hills, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. The costs for the trip includes accommodation at boutique hotels, visits to four wineries, two food markets, one chocolate shop, and all meals (including four sit down dinners at unique local restaurants, one dinner with a local shopkeeper inside Jerusalem's Old City, and a traditional Bedouin meal). The size of the group and the time of year will have a significant impact on the costs.