Two weeks ago, with Ophélie, we left France to explore local food, photography & crafts in Marrakech with Around Our Table. Our first food photography and lifestyle retreat outside France with another group likeminded ladies. We spent an amazing week in the Médina at Dar Kawa, a beautiful Riad, owned and decorated by the immensely talented Valérie Barkowski. This hidden gem was the perfect place to relax and get creative.
Time flew so quickly as we had intense creative days of styling, baking and photographing, we explored the Medina, got some fresh vegetables and fruit for our styling sessions. We also visited a ceramic studio in a new training centre specialised in artisan crafts, (Centre de formation et de qualification dans les métiers de l’artisanat) which works closely with Chabi Chic, to understand about the production process and learn about ceramic throwing, hand printing and glazing.
Then we spent a day at an organic farm based on permaculture, the Domaine Sauvage Bio, where we prepared and enjoyed a scrumptious lunch with vegetables from the farm and lingered around the table until sunset. To sum up: divine food and great encounter with the owners.
We had plenty of photographic opportunities to tell a visual story about Marrakech and its traditional food during these 5 days. Getting away from the Medina to explore the country side was a nice way to escape the hustles and bustles of the ocre city and unwind. Plus driving on country roads offered lovely views of beautiful landscapes…I was amazed to discover such green areas contrasting with a deep red soil.
In a few words, we devoured (again) lots of great food thanks to Saïda who is an amazing cook (and Dar Kawa’s team was happy to taste our cakes too), drank too many mint teas and met incredibly inspiring people and shared lots of laughters! Another unforgettable week.
Here are a few images that speak for themselves…
Special thanks to Valérie who helped us in many ways and made our Moroccan experience even more exclusive. Her beautiful Riad became temporarily a photo studio.
Special thanks to the team at Dar Kawa who made our stay so enjoyable and the food was delicious. Saïda’s couscous is not to be missed and Abdelhadi kindly did everything to help us with our excess luggage!
Special thanks to Souhail and Delphine who welcomed us warmly in their beautiful Domaine Sauvage and showed to us how to prepare delicious traditional tajines.
Special thanks to Vanessa who opened the doors to her production workshop for us test our abilities at making something with our hands. The training center is really beautiful and gives you the opportunity to discover other crafts (wood, iron, leather, weaving, etc.).
Last but not least, a big thank you to our generous sponsors:
Valérie B. – for her elegant table linen, everyone loved the tassels!
Kessy Verre – Hand blown glassware made from recycled glass, adding a nice design touch to our table,
Ch(o)uf! Project – for their beautiful Ikat zigzag tableware in black & green,
Chabi Chic – for their revisited popular Moroccan style. Trendy & chic handmade ceramics.
Marrakech I’ll be back soon. Hope you can join us next time!