Colombian-Caribbean Cooking in the Spirit of Gabriel García Márquez 

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In a nutshell

In this online cookery class, you’ll learn how to make three authentic Colombian-Caribbean dishes: traditional Colombian patacones, ‘love eggplants’ and pineapple or coconut cocada – all pulled straight from the pages of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s novel Love in the Time of Cholera.

As your feast comes together over two hours, allow the aroma of fried green plantains to transport you to the streets of Colombia. Meanwhile, expect to learn all about the African influences on Colombian food such as cocada, a traditional coconut-based candy.


Why book?

  • Learn how to make authentic Colombian-Caribbean dishes with expert guidance
  • Discover the role of food in Marquez’s novel ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’
  • Master the distinctive flavours of Colombian-Caribbean cuisine


About the host

Your host for this experience is a professional chef who specializes in Colombian-Caribbean cuisine. They are part of an award-winning food tour company made up of traditional cooks, food journalists and chefs – each one proud to share the stories and flavours of their cuisine with fellow food lovers. Their attention to detail and passion has earned them acclaim across the globe – from being named as one of the best food tours in the world by The Guardian newspaper in the UK, to winning three awards from the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and featuring in Food & Travel Magazine.


What you’ll need


  • 2 cups or 473ml of vegetable oil for frying (not olive oil)
  • 1 green plantain
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup or 237ml of water
  • ½ lemon or lime
  • 1 tbsp vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 ripe plantain (yellow plantain)
  • 2 1/2 cups or 325 grams of dehydrated coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup or 31 grams of sugar
  • 2 cups or 473 ml of coconut milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon powder
  • Salt


  • Chopping knife
  • Chopping board
  • Colander
  • Frying pan
  • 2 x bowls
  • Saucepan
  • A notebook


Essential info 


  • This experience lasts for 2 hours.


  • Online classes are held over Zoom. You will be given the link to join prior to the class.


  • The class can be hosted in English or Spanish.

Time zones

  • Please note that the start times for this virtual experience are scheduled in EST (Eastern Standard Time). Please be aware and adjust the start time to your time zone if you are not based in a country where EST is observed.


  • If you want to amend or cancel your booking please contact and provide your Culture Trip booking reference to enable our team to assist you as quickly as possible.


This booking is made on Culture Trip’s Terms & Conditions but please note the contract for the purchase of the experience is between you and the local host as per their terms below:

Foodies has a 7 days cancellation notice policy. If you cancel more than 7 days before the experience, you will get a 50% refund. However, if you cancel less than 2 days before the experience, the cost is non-refundable. If you cancel, Foodies will offer you an alternative date to book within the following month.

Purchase of a ticket means you consent to filming, photography and sound recording which may include you as a participant, unless expressly stated otherwise.


Inspired by author Gabriel García Márquez