Sawa
Taste of Tunisia

Discover Tunisia’s unique gastronomy

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Sawa in Arabic means “together”

The people, flavors, and places that make Tunisian cuisine

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Discover Tunisia’s contribution to Mediterranean cuisine

Market tours and street food walks

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Explore Tunisian culture and history through food

Stories of people and place

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Cooking classes and tastings of local specialities

Traditional cuisine

Sawa Taste of Tunisia

A culinary immersion to discover Tunisian gastronomy

Sawa Taste of Tunisia offers multi-day culinary journeys featuring cooking classes and workshops, tastings of typical products, guided market tours and gourmet walks — to delight your taste buds and put sunshine in your heart and on your plate!

In the company of your guide, translator and host Lamia, discover amazing off-the-beaten-track places carefully chosen after years exploring the country in search of new flavors and unforgettable experiences.

If you love Mediterranean cuisine, you'll be surprised to discover the richness of its Tunisian version. Let us introduce you to the unique flavors and culture of this country that was once the “granary” of Ancient Rome.

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Your hosts

Driven by their passion for delicious food and local flavors, commitment to cultural understanding, and desire to promote small family/female-run projects, Lamia and Jamie created Sawa Taste of Tunisia after meeting in Kobet Lagha, near Nabeul, in 2023.

Lamia Temimi

Born in Tunisia to an Algerian father and Sicilian mother, Lamia embodies the convergence of Mediterranean cultures in Tunisia. After twenty years spent traveling the world working in the high-end hotel industry, she now runs a bed and breakfast on a farm in the heart of the Nabeul countryside, a quarter of an hour from the beaches of the Cap Bon, while also working as a sustainable tourism consultant. She is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Italian.

Jamie Furniss

Growing up in Canada's far north where his mother was a camp cook and his father a bush pilot, Jamie developed an early passion for North African culture and the Arabic language. He holds a PhD in International Development from Oxford University, and spent many years living in Egypt and Tunisia as an academic anthropologist, working mainly on topics related to the environment. Sawa Taste of Tunisia is a way for him to share his passion for the culture and cuisine of the southern shores of the Mediterranean from Marseille, which he now calls home.

Our ingredients

Participatory sensory experiences. Be prepared to discover new flavors and smells, delight your taste buds, learn new skills and techniques in the kitchen, and take home recipes to delight your friends and family. 

Genuine human encounters. Preparing and sharing of food is a precious and unique ritual that unites people everywhere. Using food as an entry point to explore culture and history, we delve into the stories of the people and places behind what we taste and prepare.

An ethic of respect. We stand by the principle that our kitchen and our table should be coherent with our values and express our respect for the produce we eat, the environment that provides it, and the people who gather and prepare it. Haya bismillah !

Your comments

David L
David L
06/04/2024
Incredible!! This was a truly remarkable experience. There is no way I could have had so many truly local and authentic experiences on my own. If you're looking to eat amazing food, discover hidden gems, meet and cook with local people - I couldn't recommend this highly enough.
Nancy F
Nancy F
02/04/2024
Best of the many Mediterranean ‘foodie tours’ I’ve taken This guided food experience with SAWA Taste of Tunisia has been, by far, the best of all the many Mediterranean ‘foodie tours’ I’ve taken. The personalized attention to every detail in every dimension, the food with all its colours, textures and flavours, the genuine encounters, the undiscovered corners and aspects of Tunisian history and culture …all created an enriching, fulfilling, most memorable trip.
Gord B
Gord B
13/03/2024
A fascinating experience. This was a wonderful tour. While the main focus was Tunisian food and its preparation we also got a taste of the culture and history of this part of North Africa. Every day had at least one food-based experience Sometimes it was a visit to a sumptuous restaurant or to a hole-in-the-wall eatery full of locals Other days it was visits to markets with a chef for supplies which we used later in the day to prepare a meal from scratch in their kitchen under their supervision. As well we got to visit establishments that prepared things like harissa, olive oil, flower water.... There was a cultural component to the trip as well. For example, we visited the Great Mosque in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kairouan, the Sousse Archaeological Museum, a couple of Berber locations, a ceramics shop... The sense of history on the tour was palpable. Whether walking in the twisty, narrow streets of the Medina quarters of Tunis, Sousse, and Kairouan, or driving by the centuries-old remains of the Zaghouan Aqueduct, give one a notion of the passage of millennia. I was enthralled.
Rosa
Rosa
08/03/2024
An unforgettable culinary adventure Sawa Taste Tours are one of a kind - insightful, generous, and intentionally created to showcase the places and people you might not meet otherwise. A wonderful balance of meeting talented and committed producers, to learning how to navigate the souks of Tunisia, and getting involved in home and professional kitchens. If you are looking for a one of a kind Tunisian culinary adventure that delves more deeply than the normal tourist routes, I cannot recommend Sawa Taste Tours more highly.
J-B F
J-B F
07/02/2024
a unique adventure! A most memorable experience! I had an amazing time in Tunis discovering new food and the stories behind them. Everyone was so kind, knowledgeable, and humorous even. I was not sure what I was getting myself into, I like food but I am no expert and I did not know much about Tunisia. Sawa Taste of Tunisia were really good at taking me where I was and it really felt like we were on an adventure together. Do it, you won't regret it. Five Tunisian chilies.
777andrewz
777andrewz
16/01/2024
a real culinary experince Absolutely fabulous tour! This was not just about tasting new dishes, but instead it was a real culinary experience on many levels. Getting to see the many steps that went into the preparation of the food taught me just how different Tunisian cuisine is from what we have in Canada. It was a lot of fun getting to know the chefs and the guides. Their passion for local flavours and traditions was awesome and inspiring. Really something different from other tours I've been on. Definitely worth the trip!
Florian K
Florian K
06/11/2023
Choose, prepare and taste it together Tunisia is very rich in culinary experiences. At its markets you discover the best vegetables and fruits and the variety of fish is abondant. Discover all this with a professional guide and you will know how to choose. And share the unique experience of cooking together in the medina. It is another very savory way of discovering the history and culture of beautiful Tunisia. I can highly recommand these tours.
Felipe K
Felipe K
19/10/2023
This tour is the real deal This tour is a truly immersive experience into Tunisian culinary culture, warts and all. Visiting local markets, interacting with vendors, experiencing the smells, sights, flavours. Then preparing and cooking the food as a group, with the guidance of Tunisian chefs. I've done this sort of thing in other countries, but this particular experience felt the most "authentic". But here is the real bonus: the food is actually superb. I would recommend exploring the fish-based dishes, in particular. Finally, just to say the organizers are not only knowledgeable and deeply embedded in the local food scene, but they are also helpful, flexible and all around great company. Five stars.
Laetitia E
Laetitia E
18/10/2023
Amazing trip and discovery at the heart of the Cap Bon region in Tunisia Excellent experience with Lamia and her team and very nice trip in Cap Bon where we met hand-crafters, cooks, and local producers. We explored the Tunisian cuisine in a very authentic way! Loved it!
Sabrinagagliardo
Sabrinagagliardo
18/10/2023
Vacanza in Tunisia Bellissima esperienza, abbiamo conosciuto e apprezzato sapori e odori diversi dai nostri. Inoltre abbiamo fatto un bel corso di pizza alla pala con forno a legna .

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