French Gourmet Food Weekend & Cookery School schedule 2023

If you are after Cooking Holidays, Gourmet Breaks & Relaxed Holidays in France then you have arrived at the correct page.

Enjoy French gourmet food breaks, the fun of one of the best cookery holidays in France or just relax by the pool with a glass of wine.

Our residential Cookery School breaks and Gourmet Weekends start in March through until July and then October & November. Our Cookery Courses and Gourmet Breaks are Friday or Saturday arrivals unless otherwise stated.

The 5 day Cookery Courses are relaxed and informative, very hands on and the lessons are conducted around our large kitchen table or, weather permitting, out on the covered terrace. Together we prepare dishes, talk a lot, share experiences and we show you the tips of the trade. We sit down and eat together, enjoy the food, share opinions and sample the local wines and drinks. Our cookery courses are designed to demonstrate and teach how easy & relaxed entertaining is. In France many an hour is spent around the table enjoying local, fresh food, simple local wine and great company. We are not just teaching cooking; we are showing you our way of life, French life. We visit markets, wineries, chocolate factories, drink coffee in cafes and visit the beautiful Bastide towns and countryside of the Lot-et-Garonne region of South West France.

Our Gourmet Weekends are three night all inclusive breaks and a snapshot of our life in France. We eat and drink local food and wines, Visit one of Frances most beautiful markets, Visit a winery and relax.

All the itineraries are below.

Please sign up to our newsletter to get advanced notice our Holiday availability, our Gourmet Weekends & our 5 day residential cookery school dates HERE.

Allergies & Intolerances. We will be tasting and eating many different products that the area we live in is well known for. Clearly if you have an allergy to mushrooms do not book a course that involves mushrooms and truffles; Equally if you do not eat seafood there is no point attending our fish and shellfish course. WE must be informed of all allergies before you book and pay any deposit. Itineraries cannot be changed with short notice.

Gourmet Weekends & Cookery Courses 2023

Date Description and possible course content No. nights Rooms available
25th Feb Gourmet Weekend  – Winter Truffles, Beef, Oysters, King Prawns, 3 Full
4th March Gourmet Weekend – Winter Truffles, Lobster, Fresh Pasta, & Duck 3 Full
18th March  Gourmet Weekend  – Winter Truffles, Beef,  King Prawns, 3 Full
1st April Gourmet Weekend – Asparagus season, Lamb, Fish & Shellfish 3 Full
8th April Gourmet Weekend – Strawberry season, Asparagus, Duck & Shellfish 3 Full
22nd April Entertaining Made Easy”5 Day Cookery Course 3 Full
29th April Gourmet Weekend – Strawberry season, Asparagus, Duck & Shellfish 3 Full
6th May “Entertaining Made Easy” 5 Day Cookery Course 5 Full
20th May Gourmet Lobster Weekend – Lobster, new season vegetables, pork belly 3 Full
27th May Gourmet Beef & Lobster Weekend  – Lobster & beef 3 Full
10th June BBQ Lobster Weekend – BBQ Lobster, Duck, summer vegetables 3 Full
17th June Gourmet Weekend BBQ – BBQ Lamb & Shellfish 3 Full
30th June 3 Night Lifestyle Weekend-A taste of what we do in the Summer Friday arrival 3 Full
8th July 3 Night Lifestyle Weekend-a taste of what we do in the Summer Friday arrival 3 Full
15th July  – 2nd Sept 7 & 14 Night Holidays or more. Yes we can cook on some evenings.
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16th Sept 5 Day Cookery school 3 Full
30th Sept Gourmet Weekend –  Duck, Pasta, Fish, Shellfish 3 Full
14th Oct “Entertaining Made Easy” 5 Day Cookery- Scallops season 5 Full
21st Oct Gourmet Weekend – Scallop season, Duck, Fish, Shellfish 3 Full
28th Oct Gourmet Weekend – Scallop season, Duck, Fish, Shellfish 3 Full
11th Nov Gourmet Weekend -Christmas day made easy 3 Full


For locals living around the Duras area we will be organising half day and full day courses. Please sign up to our local newsletter HERE to receive information about future courses.

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