5 Cultural Cooking Classes To Take In Belize

by Reyann Garcia

They say that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. For that, I can guarantee that on your trip to Belize, you will fall in love with the food. Belizean food is just one way to enjoy the variety of cultures: East Indian, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, Creole and Middle Eastern. Each culture has its signature dishes that you won’t be able to get enough of. So, if food is the key to your heart and cooking is something you enjoy, then why not try a few cooking classes in Belize and learn to cook authentic Belizean cuisine? Here are some cultural cooking classes offered throughout Belize. 

Belize Food Tours’ Cooking Local

Located on the fun-filled island of  Ambergris Caye across from Fido’s, here you will learn to cook a three-course meal of Belizean favorites. This includes fry jacks, fresh seafood ceviche, potato pound, panades, and salbutes. They are open from Thursday to Saturday and host over four guests for $100 USD per person for the class.


Located in San Ignacio, Cayo, this kitchen cooks up only Mayan dishes. At Eden Valley, you will learn to make corn tortillas, Maya soup, tamales, and Maya chocolate drinks from scratch.  

Palmetto Grove Garifuna Eco-Cultural & Fishing Lodge

An eye-opening cultural experience at Hopkins! At Palmento Grove you will learn to peel and grind coconut, beat hudut, make fish sere, receive a history of their people and learn to play the Garifuna drums. This experience costs $100 USD depending on the group size.  

Open Hearth Cooking with Chaa Creek

Open Hearth is located in the Lodge at Chaa Creek in Cayo; where you will have a fun new culinary experience to learn about Belizean food and culture. They offer a different cultural cooking class every day – Mestizo Mondays, East Indian Tuesdays, Creole Wednesdays, Garifuna Thursdays, and Maya Fridays. This class can host 2-10 persons for USD 49 each.  

Ava’s Cooking Class

Located in Crooked Tree Village, you can’t get better rice and beans with chicken anywhere else. You get to make bread pudding, curry chicken, vegetable rice, fried plantains, potato salad, cheese dip, stew chicken, and other dishes (these are all depending on what Miss Ava has planned for the day). The class starts between 9 AM and 10 AM, and guests take turns to cook certain stages of the meal. 

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