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West Coast Culinary Symposium (West)

Friday February 16th, 2018 to Sunday February 18th, 2018
Fairfax, California

We've got a weekend and site, we're looking for teachers! If you are willing to teach at West Coast Culinary Symposium, Friday February 16th, 2018 to Sunday February 18th, 2018, please fill out the attached class proposal and send it to Crystal of the Westermark. It's at the same Girl Scout camp (cabins! showers!) it was last time, 3125 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax, CA 94930-1353, United States. There are several modern, minimally-equipped kitchens for classes on site, plus a outdoor cooking-over-fire area. Lots of common rooms for lecture classes.

Classes are currently scheduled for 90 minutes, if there are short topics we may split a few time periods to accommodate. Classes on all aspects of Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern food, cookery, feast kitchen management, culinary literature, tableware, and etiquette are welcome. 

Teachers need students as much as cooks need eaters, so even if you do not wish to teach, please consider attending and taking classes (or just hang out, it's a lovely site).

Class descriptions here, and class schedule is posted on the 

Meal plan: Explore Scents and Flavors, a Syrian Cookbook, edited and translated by Charles Perry with us.  The meal plan for this year’s West Coast Culinary Symposium will use recipes from the 13th Century Syrian cookbook, Scents and Flavors for both breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and Saturday lunch and dinner.  To quote Perry, “ the greater part of the pleasure of this life which is namely the consumption of food and drink” Scents and Flavors “invites us the savor the inventive cuisine that elevates simple ingredients by combing the sundry aromas of herbs, spices, fruits and flower essences.” A detailed menu will be posted soon.

Facebook event page for the West Coast Culinary Symposium

Directions to Camp Bothin


Event Schedule: 
See class schedule link below
Site Information: 
Start Time: 
Site opens at 4pm on Friday, closes at 2pm on Sunday.
Site Fee: 
On site full event inc. food&lodging is $95 for non-members/$90members. Pre-reg price (through 15Jan2018) $80members/$85non-mem. Day-trip onsite price (inc. lunch &dinner) $45 mem/$50 non-mem. Day-trip Pre-reg is $40 non-mem/$45mem

From 101 in San Raphael: Take Exit 452 towards Central San Rapheal. Turn WEST onto 3rd Street. Continue to follow the road through several name changes. Slight right on to Sir Francis Drake Drive. Turn Left onto Arequipa Fire Rd to enter Camp Bothin.