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Tasting Afro Cuban Culture

La Habana, CubaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Adriana & Jose

3.5 hours
Cuban cuisine
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish

What you'll do

Are you a lover of great food? Have you heard of the influence that traditional African spirituality has had on Cuban cuisine? Would you like to learn the special way that we prepare some of these dishes? Yes? Then this is the right experience for you!
We will meet you at Beyond Roots Store, our headquarters. From there we will ride together to Guanabacoa, our hometown. Once there, you will learn about the influence of the Afro-Cuban religions in our cuisine while we share a typical beverage. Then, Jose´s mom will show you how to cook in our local style, having the opportunity to understand when, why, and how we prepare each dish. Finally, we will enjoy tasting the different plates that we prepared and, in that moment, when we are laughing and sharing our personal stories under the rhythm of drums, you will realize that the simple act of eating assumes mystical dimensions and has the power to bring strangers together like family. At the end of the day you will know how flavors, music and dance tell the story of the desires and struggles of our African ancestors. This is not about cooking in a professional way, it´s about cooking according to the folklore of a modest community.
Other things to note
Also, you cannot leave Cuba without checking out our store, the very first and only afro style shop in Cuba! there you will find that unique souvenir of your trip to Cuba to bring back home, from t-shirts with unique messages and Tote-bags to handmade soaps, hair products and many other surprises!
Are you a lover of great food? Have you heard of the influence that traditional African spirituality has had on Cuban cuisine? Would you like to learn the special way that we prepare some of these dishes? Yes? Then this is the right experience for you!
We will meet you at Beyond Roots Store, our headquarters. From there we will ride together to Guanabacoa, our hometown. Once there, you will learn about the influence of the Afro-Cuban religio…

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What's included

  • Food
    Afro Cuban Meal
    Most of the dishes we will prepare have a vegetarian b...
  • Drinks
    Welcoming Coffee
    We will also offer a traditional beverage "Aguardient...
  • Tickets
    Musical show at the house
    (it´s required a minimum of 3 persons for in...
  • Transportation
    Round Trip Transport to the meeting point
From $64
/ person

Meet your host, Adriana & Jose

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 217 Reviews
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We are the founders of Beyond Roots, a project focus on providing an Immersion in Afro Cuban Culture through your 5 senses. Growing up in Guanabacoa we were raised under the living legacy of our African ancestors. Now we have an authentic passion for educating people about this misunderstood topic. We want to share with you the feeling of our community, transmit you a knowledge that has been pass from generations and show you its influence in the daily life of the Cubans from different perspectives. In this particular experience we´ll do it through the flavors of our unique cuisine
We are the founders of Beyond Roots, a project focus on providing an Immersion in Afro Cuban Culture through your 5 senses. Growing up in Guanabacoa we were raised under the living legacy of our African ancestors. Now we have an authentic passion for educating people about this misunderstood topic. We want to share with you the feeling of our community, transmit you a knowledge that has been pass from generations and show you its influence in the daily life of the Cubans from different perspect…
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Where you'll be

After meeting at Beyond Roots Store in Old Havana, we will travel to Guanabacoa town, cradle of Afro Cuban Culture in Havana. There we will visit the house of a Babalawo where we host most of the religious activities and also the local parties. It´s a perfect opportunity for having a first hand contact with this culture since we are going to cook together as we usually do in special days, using traditional ingredients from the slaves time.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 217 reviews.

Daisy
March 2020
We had such a fantastic experience. We were welcomed into their home and they shared their food with us. We learned how to cook some very tasty food, learned some secrets for the best way to cook okra and plantains. We danced and had a wonderful time. It was really an experience of a life time.
We had such a fantastic experience. We were welcomed into their home and they shared their food with us. We learned how to cook some very tasty food, learned some secrets for the b…
Shonna
March 2020
Oh wow. We saved this experience for our final night in Havana, and I wish we'd done it sooner. It was so much fun to be welcomed to a family home in an area of Cuba that we'd never have found on our own. We learned about culture and religion, all while cooking a delicious (vegetarian) meal. We were worried because we don't drink alcohol or eat much meat, but it was absolutely not a problem. After a week of restaurant menus, it was so nice to sit at a kitchen table and chop vegetables while chatting about anything and everything. If you are hesitating at all, please know that it is safe, fun, and so interesting. We were met on time at a cafe, welcomed with a beverage, and then driven to Guanabacoa. Everything about the experience was fantastic, so if you are hesitating, just click the button and go!
Oh wow. We saved this experience for our final night in Havana, and I wish we'd done it sooner. It was so much fun to be welcomed to a family home in an area of Cuba that we'd neve…
Sunshine
February 2020
Adriana and Jose are marvelous hosts and curate a lovely experience. Our cooking class was informative and fun. It was the highlight of our week in Cuba.
Sid
February 2020
They are wonderful ladies with great personalities and beautiful hearts. They truly love what they do and they’re receptive to feedback and open to growth. They do their best to accommodate special requests. They’re friendly and they love to dance! Salsa with them !
They are wonderful ladies with great personalities and beautiful hearts. They truly love what they do and they’re receptive to feedback and open to growth. They do their best to ac…
Antonia
February 2020
Annabelle was an incredible host! She made us feel welcome immediately and her personality is so open-minded so we all got along perfectly! She gave us a really good insight into the religion Santeria and its rituals. At the house where we cooked, the „Queen of the Kitchen“ showed us how to prepare a delicious Afro Cuban meal - we throughly enjoyed it! To top it all of, we danced alongside drums and had a great time. Would highly recommend this truly authentic experience !
Annabelle was an incredible host! She made us feel welcome immediately and her personality is so open-minded so we all got along perfectly! She gave us a really good insight into t…
Zac
February 2020
What an incredible experience! The Beyond Roots team has put together an incredible evening of dancing, cooking, eating, music, and story telling to immerse you in the AfroCuban culture. Their project has multiple experiences and a shoo in the city center, and I would recommend any without hesitation based on this experience alone.
What an incredible experience! The Beyond Roots team has put together an incredible evening of dancing, cooking, eating, music, and story telling to immerse you in the AfroCuban cu…

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    Dietary preferences

    If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
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    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    Alcohol

    This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.