Druze Home Hospitality

An authentic culinary and cultural experience

"El Carmel" invites visitors to glance into the life of the Druze, their houses, their food and their stories. It was created ten years ago by "Nations & Flavors" in the village of Usafia in the Carmel.

"El Carmel" is an adventurous project designed for Israelis as well as tourists visiting the area. The purpose is to expose visitors to the life of the Druze, enabling them to get to know the way of life of these sensitive, beautiful people who live among us and whom we know so little about.

A Druze guide awaits the visitors upon their arrival. The tour begins with a walk through the old alleys of the village of Usafia, passing by the prayer house, the deserted church, the ancient olive press and scenic views of the area. The tour ends up in one of the homes of a Druze family.

The visitors will get to know the family sitting around the taboon oven and will be invited into the "madpa"- the Druze guest room. The guide will tell stories about the life of the Druze, their hidden religion, rebirth of souls (amazing stories), the role of Druze women, and army service.

At the end of the lecture, trays loaded with the best of Druze authentic food will be offered to guests. It's all you can eat, so food will keep coming out of the kitchen until everyone has had enough! A folklore show, accompanied by drumming, will be shown, while the guests drink tea or coffee and, for dessert, sweet honey baklava.

The food is all made according to Druze tradition and is all you can eat
Till now hundreds of tourists have taken part in the project, among them young Jews who for the first time have caught a glimpse of Druze life.

Food is kosher according to the principal Rabbinical Authority in Israel
. The prices are in US dollars and include VAT. They do not include 10% service
All groups (10 people and more) receive a tour before/after the meal.

מבנה עתיק בעספיאבית בד דרוזי בכפר עספיא מופע תרבות דרוזית

We offer three types of meals:


Druze Hospitality & vegetarian meal:

Druze home hospitality & full lunch/dinner: Druze pita bread, stuffed zucchini with rice and tomato sauce, muhmar (pita with sweet paprika and onions), stuffed wine leaves, humus, magadra, mansala (eggplant with humus and tomato sauce), tabula salad, olives mankish (pita with olive oil and zatar), cold drinks (sodas and juices), tea, coffee, baklava.
For 30 visitors or more: $ 18.5 per person
10-29 visitors: $ 20 per person
Folklore show – 210$ (for 30 visitors or more)

 

 

 ארוחת המוכתר - אוכל דרוזי בכרמל


Druze Hospitality & mukhtar meal:

Druze pita bread, mankish (pita with olive oil and zatar) muhmar (pita with sweet paprika and onions), stuffed grapevines, mansaf (rice with chicken noodles pine nuts) mansala (eggplant with humus and tomato sauce) kufta in tehina (lamb kebab in tehina) magadra, humus, tabula salad, olives, cold drinks mineral water & lemonade, tea, coffee, cookies.
For 30 visitors or more: $ 24 per person
10-29 visitors: $ 27 per person
Folklore show-210$ (For 30 visitors or more)

ארוחת הסולטןDruze Hospitality & sultan meal:
Druze pita bread, mankish (pita with olive oil and zatar) muhmar (pita with sweet paprika and onions), stuffed grapevines, stuffed zucchini with rice and tomato sauce, lamb mansaf (rice with lamb meat and noodles) mansala (eggplant with humus and tomato sauce), sfiha (pita bread with lamb meat on top) kufta in tehina ( lamb kebab in tehina) magadra, humus, tabula salad, olives, mineral water, natural juices, fruits of the season, cold drinks mineral water & lemonade, tea, coffee, baklava.
For 30 visitors or more: $ 27 per person
10-29 visitors: $ 30 per person
Folklore show-210$ (For 30 visitors or more)

The food is all made by the Druze traditions and is all you can eat.

To participate in the exciting project, please call +972-4-8390125
Avi 0524535100, avishlomo@012.net.il www.el-carmel.com

קינוח דרוזי - קפה ומתוקים אוכל מהמטבח הדרוזי חומוס דרוזי בכרמל - עספיא