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Cook and eat Bulgaria

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 39 reviews.Sofia, BulgariaPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Yana

4.5 hours
Bulgarian
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I will take you on a culinary adventure of the national Bulgarian cuisine.

We will prepare seasonal meals and use fresh and locally grown products from the open market.
Together we will cook a hands-on four course, traditional Bulgarian meal, including banitsa, a main dish, a salad or a soup and a light desert.
We will start with the preparation of the classic pastry for banitsa from scratch while talking about mystical Bulgarian food and culture habits stories.
Our soup will be traditional Bulgarian cold soup - Tarator (we will cook it only when cucumbers are tasty and in season - spring, summer or early autumn time, for the winter time we will prepare a winter salad) followed by the main course, which will be based on your food preferences (vegetarian or classic meat dish) and finishing with delicious Bulgarian yogurt desert with home grown/made ingredients.
You will have the chance to learn classic recipes and secret tips for mastering the Bulgarian cuisine.
I will be happy to share with you products grown in my family's back yard with a lot of love and care, like homemade alcoholic drinks and classic Bulgarian preserves.
I will take you on a culinary adventure of the national Bulgarian cuisine.

We will prepare seasonal meals and use fresh and locally grown products from the open market.
Together we will cook a hands-on four course, traditional Bulgarian meal, including banitsa, a main dish, a salad or a soup and a light desert.
We will start with the preparation of the classic pastry for banitsa from scratch while talking about mystical Bulg…

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This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    You will be able to taste each meal that we will prepare together.
    Re...
  • Drinks
    A glass (or more) of Bulgarian Rakia/Wine :)
  • Equipment
    All the equipment needed for the class is provided.
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Wed, Oct 7
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$46 per person
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Mon, Oct 12
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$46 per person
$46 per person
Thu, Oct 15
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM
$46 per person
$46 per person

Meet your host, Yana

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 39 Reviews
  • Identity verified
My name is Yana and I am a Teacher assistant in Art department at an international school located in Sofia. I inherited my cooking passion from the best teachers I could have - my grandparents, who used to manage the biggest restaurants in my home town.

I am offering you a cooking experience combined with a fun dinner party environment. Just like getting an invitation from a local Bulgarian friend! You will learn in a totally hands-on fashion — which means you get to cook (and eat!) each meal!
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Where you'll be

We will conduct our workshop in my apartment, located in the downtown area.
If you are like me and want to dive into the atmosphere of the local's everyday life, I will be happy to take you on a shopping adventure at one of the best Markets in the area. You will also be able to buy tasty Bulgarian foods and spices that you can bring home.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 39 reviews.

Ute
March 2020
Going to the market, cooking, talking, laughing and then enjoying our amazing authentic Bulgarian meal with Yana made this my favorite day of my visit in Sofia. Thank you so much again.
Jess
February 2020
I booked this experience after reading others’ reviews. And the reviews are so right! Yana is an awesome host. We shared a lot on her plentiful homemade food (yes, most of her stuff are homemade, from the delicious Rakia to her jam, and more!), and also a lot about the culture in Bulgaria. It’s a been a short visit to Sofia for me, and I am so glad to participate in this experience with Yana to learn more about the country and its yummy food! I will highly recommend this experience to everyone visiting Sofia!
I booked this experience after reading others’ reviews. And the reviews are so right! Yana is an awesome host. We shared a lot on her plentiful homemade food (yes, most of her stuf…
Arianne
January 2020
Love love love love love it! We went to the market to pick up the freshest ingredients like cheese carrots yogurt onions nuts..very kind people!! Then we went to her apartment where we began doing the salads, and the Banitsa omg the final product is so tasty and flavorful compared to the already super delicious ones you buy in bakeries!! Then we did a meatball stew(?) hearty and tastyy like home! I loved the process of making everything from scratch, getting your hands on the dough, smelling the herbs, tasting the super strong liquor hahah and ofc listening to the stories about the life back in her hometown. Everything felt so genuine and absolutely lovelyyyyyyyy Yana is super kind i cannot thank her enough! She even brought me to the right tram in the pouring rain! Super satisfied
Love love love love love it! We went to the market to pick up the freshest ingredients like cheese carrots yogurt onions nuts..very kind people!! Then we went to her apartment w…
Andreas
January 2020
Bei Yana habe ich mich wirklich wie zuhause bei Freunden gefühlt, sie war super engagiert obwohl ich der einzige Gast war, wir haben zusammen eingekauft und Dinge gekocht/zubereitet, die sowohl von den Zutaten her als auch für Jahreszeit und Region typisch waren, teilweise verblüffend einfache und sehr leckere Gerichte, bei denen es nicht schwierig ist, sie zuhause nachzukochen. Dazu kamen angeregte Gespräche über Land und Leute, Kultur, Musik, Foodie-Interessen, Reisen u.v.a.m. Yana gibt sich große Mühe, dass man sich als Gast bei ihr wohlfühlt. Wärmstens zu empfehlen!
Bei Yana habe ich mich wirklich wie zuhause bei Freunden gefühlt, sie war super engagiert obwohl ich der einzige Gast war, wir haben zusammen eingekauft und Dinge gekocht/zubereite…
Sierra
December 2019
Yana was amazing! She was very knowledgeable about the food and taught me different ways of preparing traditional Bulgarian dishes. I felt a sense of belonging, as if we’ve always been friends! I would 100% recommend this course to anyone!
Galina
December 2019
What a great experience! I am Bulgarian but learned how to make some traditional Bulgarian dishes from scratch. Yana is very knowledgeable and shows you how to cook and lets you participate. She tells you also about the typical Bulgarian products she uses. In the end we sat over a small rakia and glass of wine and tasted the dishes we have prepared and had a lovely chat. I can highly recommend this activity to other people.
What a great experience! I am Bulgarian but learned how to make some traditional Bulgarian dishes from scratch. Yana is very knowledgeable and shows you how to cook and lets you pa…

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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.
Soy-free
Vegetarian
Gluten-free
Shellfish allergy
Dairy-free
Pescatarian
Egg-free
Fish allergy
Vegan
Tree nut allergy
Peanut allergy

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 16 and up can attend.

Alcohol

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

More tips

Vegeterian and Vegan options are available upon request. Please, inform me about any food allergies.

What to bring

Good vibes and positive mood

Desire to immerse yourself in the secrets of the Bulgarian cuisine