in the Fes Medina May 2015
Keep an eye on this section for interesting activities during the festival week. Could be dancing at dawn, pop-up singing, trips to the Roman ruins at Volubilis … who knows? For restaurants, scroll down this page.
ONCE UPON A TIME…HASSAN AL WAZZAN–LEO AFRICANUS
A story to music
Wednesday, 27 May at 6:30 PM
ALIF Riad, 6 Derb Drissi, Batha
Written by Kay d’Astorg, narrated by Patty Hannock
Music by Youness El Issmaeli (oud) & Mohammed El Amrani (ney)
Here in Fez, during the Festival of Sacred Music, sitting in a garden, under a tree in an airy courtyard, what better way to discover Hassan Al Wazzan, better known as “Leo Africanus”, accompanied by the wonderful Arabic music and musical instruments of the period?
Kay d’Astorg, an English artist and writer based in Paris, has transformed the “facts” to create a fantasized story about Leo Africanus.
Actress Patty Hannock studied drama at Bristol University and at the Lecoq School in Paris. Based in France, she works in the theatre, cinema and television, both in France and in England. She has performed in Fez several times, at the French Institute and last year, during the Sacred Music Festival, presented “Lady Di Cooper et Monsieur Antoine” by Kay d’Astorg.
Also performed in French at:
Palais Faraj, Thursday, 28 May 6:30 PM
Exhibition at Riad Fez: Costumes of Morocco: 3D pictures using various techniques
With the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music scheduled for 22-30 May, here’s a list of restaurants in the Fes medina. Many of them are open are special times to accommodate concert-goers; many also offer to escort you from your guesthouse and back – ask when you phone to book.
Fez Café at Le Jardin des Biehn (map reference 5)
This relaxed bistro has tables inside and out on a garden verandah. Excellent French-Moroccan cuisine by chef Hicham using local and home-grown produce. Licenced. Lunch and dinner. Escort provided if necessary. Wifi. Bookings essential in peak season 06 64 64 76 79.
Resto 7 (near Riad Laaroussa, map reference 28)
Set in a traditional medina house restored to a minimalist black and white theme, this elegant restaurant opens for dinner, and for groups only at lunch time. It hosts visiting celebrity chefs from around the world who use only fresh produce sourced in the medina or from an organic farm just outside the city. The chefs-in-residence now are Oliver Truesdale-Jutras and Phoebe Oviedo. See more about them at Resto 7′s website. Bookings essential on 05 35 63 89 24 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dinner from 19h00, and a porter will escort you to the concert.
Dar Roumana (map reference 39)
Eat around the courtyard fountain at this lovely guesthouse. French chef Vincent makes the most of local produce for his French-Moroccan cuisine. Licenced. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Escort provided if necessary. Bookings essential 05 35 74 16 37. Pre-concert dinner served from 18h00.
Opposite the Jnan Sbil Gardens, Mezzanine is a great bar conveniently placed between the medina and Bab al Makina. Coffee and tea available during the day, and tapas served with drinks. Roof terrace overlooking the garden. Open til late.
There’s an international as well as a Moroccan menu at this elegant hotel in Ziat. There are stupendous views from the roof terrace and the bar. Licenced. Dinner daily. Bookings essential 05 35 63 53 56.
Riad Fes (map reference 15)
The elegant L’Ambre restaurant at this Relais & Chateaux riad hotel serves traditional Moroccan cuisine. The Alcazar bar with its reflecting pool is lovely for summer evenings. Licenced. Bookings essential 05 35 94 76 10.
Palais Amani (map reference 44)
Set in a beautiful art deco riad, the restaurant here serves excellent Moroccan cuisine for dinner. In summer, lunch is served on the roof terrace, and the bar up here also serves tapas in the evenings. Licenced. Bookings essential 05 35 63 32 09. Happy hour in the bar from 15h30 to 17h30 with tapas available; happy hour in the spa from 10h00 to 14h00; dinner from 18h00 during the festival with the new spring a la carte menu at Dh395.
Ruined Garden at Riad Idrissy (map reference 7)
This delightful garden attached to Riad Idrissy serves Moroccan street food with an elegant twist. Light meals of tapas or b’sara (broad bean soup) or full meals. Escort provided if necessary. Wifi. Bookings advised 06 49 19 14 10. Open from 13h00-21h30.
Café Clock (map reference blue 3)
Good coffee, milkshakes and café food here including the famous (and delicious) camel burger. Wifi. Full cultural programme of Sunday evening concerts at 18h00, films, jam sessions and football (see www.cafeclock.com for details).
Maison Moi Anan
This is a genuine Thai restaurant and stylish boutique run by designer Anan Sorsutham . Open daily for dinner from 19h00 except on Fridays; ask about lunch. The terrace is lovely, too. The boutique opens earlier, at 14h00.
30 Zkak el Ma (just off Tala’a Kebira). Ph 05 35 63 57 13.