Spirit and Spice – 2nd Annual “The Cooking Gene” Culinary Tour: The Republic of BENIN

In 1719, enslaved Africans were sent from Benin to form the beginnings of America’s most African influenced of cuisines—the foodways of south Louisiana, and with them went rice, cowpeas, hot peppers, tropical tubers and other foods endemic to the story of Creole-Acadian and Southern foodways.  Just before the Civil War, enslaved Africans brought from the port of Ouidah, from whence one million Africans were sent to the New World, became the last human beings to be forced on the dreaded Middle Passage that arrived in America on the Clotilda. From spirituality to music to dance and the stories we tell, the influence of Benin and her people are present in African American life and culture. On this journey, we will explore her food and the links to the United States and the rest of the Atlantic world.

Benin is known for the Kingdom of Dahomey which rose to prominence in the 18th and 19thcenturies and its culture has influences from the Sudanic North as well as the French presence from the time of the slave trade through the colonial period and most interestingly enough the influence of the descendants of enslaved Africans who returned to Benin in the late 19th century.  Beninoise food embraces fufu, akassa (fermented corn dough like kenkey), rice, plantain, peanuts, tomatoes, gorgeous fresh tropical fruits and stunning fresh seafood and mouth-watering spices.  It is made from familiar foods like black-eyed peas, okra (fevi) and barbecued meat and sauces both subtle and piquant.  Come with Roots to Glory on an unforgettable journey of cultural and spiritual re-connection with one of West Africa’s most interesting food cultures.

The dates for this tour are from March 9 - March 18, 2019.

9 Days
This Tour will include visits to:
Cotonou
Ganvie (the city on the Lake)
Abomey
Lome, Togo
Grand Popo
Ouidah

The Costs are: $3500 (double) $3800 (single)

ALL INCLUSIVE:
Airfare from Washington DC to Cotonou, Benin
Transportation in Benin
Breakfast and Dinner each day
Souvenir

Not Included:
Visa fee for Benin
Vaccinations (yellow fever vaccine is mandatory)
Transportation to Washington DC
Spending money
Gratuity of $100
Camera fee for some attractions
Insurance

A deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration. The deposit is refundable only within 30 days of initial deposit.

Another payment of $1500 is due on September 1, 2018. The balance of $1500 is due January 1, 2019.  If paying in full, payment must be received by September 1, 2018. If using Paypal, there is a fee of 4% which will be collected at the final payment.

Payments can be made by check or money order to Roots to Glory Tours P.O. Box 92, Stevenson, MD 21153.

Prices are not guaranteed after the payment due date.

PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:

PAYMENT PLAN IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO roots@rootstoglory.com

THE DEPOSIT OF $500 IS REFUNDABLE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF PAYMENT ONLY. WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT YOU PURCHASE TRIP INSURANCE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE ONCE THE AIRLINE TICKETS ARE PURCHASED THERE WILL BE NO REFUND. www.squaremouth.com for insurance.

You can contact us at roots@rootstoglory.com or 410-429-0804.