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Cooking classes to channel your inner chef

The Shoalhaven is a food lover’s paradise, with an abundance of amazing local ingredients on offer. Sampling some of our food is always a highlight during your stay. But for those of you who’d like to go to the next level and go on a little gastronomic adventure, then book into one of our fantastic cooking classes with our foodie experts. Whether you’d like to learn to bake, ferment or just simply know a bit more about pairing flavours together, we have a variety of workshops available to suit anyone’s flavour.


Far Meadow Table

This newly opened cooking school in Berry is a gourmet foodie’s oasis, located just 5 minutes from the heart of town. Far Meadow Table offers a selection of cooking classes that provide a fun foray into the gastronomy world. The workshops are usually a full day experience, meaning that you get a great chance to immerse yourself in the lessons and teachings from chef Ian Smart (who has worked in some London’s top Michelin star kitchens.) The day kicks off with a lovely morning tea – an excellent way for guests to get to know each other before diving into the class. Have you just started delving into the cooking sphere? Then the Back to Basics class is a great introductory workshop, featuring a myriad of all-rounder tips and tricks. Learn how to whip up pantry essentials such as bread, pizza bases, sauces, salad dressings, jams and chutneys. During the school holidays, Far Meadow also offers a special Kids in the Kitchen event for children aged 8 and up. The little ones will get to learn how to make pizza and pasta from scratch, rewarded with all their hard work by enjoying their freshly made pizzas for lunch!


Spanish Cooking Class with Creative Escapes

Discover how to add a bit of Spanish flair into your repertoire with chef Edoardo from The Guild restaurant in Milton. This cooking class is brought to you courtesy of the team from Creative Escapes, the experts in providing visitors with unforgettable holiday experiences. This workshop is full of European flavour, where an experienced northern Italian chef will guide you through all the ins and outs of making a Spanish Paella. This dish is a wonderful idea for your next dinner party meal, where you can wow your friends with your new cooking skills! A little added bonus of the lesson is a matching dessert and glass of sangria alongside the newly-prepared fruits of your labour! Come for just the day or you can opt to stay for the weekend, just get in touch with Creative Escapes to work out which package will suit your needs.


Milk Haus, Milton

Join the gut health revolution and learn how to boost your immune system with some delicious wholefoods. Milk Haus cooking school in Milton runs regular workshops that focus on anti-inflammatory recipes that you’ll actually want to eat! Learn all the ins and outs of what to include in your diet plus all the bad foods to avoid. The team will teach you the art of fermentation and how to make your very own bone broth, both great ways to promote better gut health and relieve general discomfort. Milk Haus also runs regular raw food and vegan cooking classes, filled with recipes that will impress even your most cynical of meat-eating mates! The lovely venue where all the workshops are held also overlooks the beautiful, green rolling hills that surround the property – an amazing setting to relax and get hands-on with some fresh ingredients. Check out the Milk Haus website for more details of what’s currently happening in their kitchen, we’re sure that there’ll be a workshop that floats your boat!


Hampden Deli, Dining & School

The short and simple 2-hour classes at Hampden Deli in Kangaroo Valley will provide at-home chefs with the tools to inspire an assortment of culinary creations. The lessons are always changing, depending on the season and what ingredients are available, with a rotating roster of classes available monthly. You can learn the basics such as how to choose the right produce and pairing your meals with wines. Or take your coffee skills up a notch and learn how to prepare a perfect brew. This restaurant is not just a cooking school – you’ll also find a calendar jam-packed with amazing foodie events throughout the entire year. Indulge special experiences such as a Cheese Degustation, Truffle Tour, or Travelling Tea talk – keep up to date with what’s happening on Hampden Deli’s Instagram.


The Treat Factory, Berry

The Bean to Bar children’s workshops at The Treat Factory in Berry are a huge hit with the kids at Easter. Running especially for little ones only, they’re a great way for children to learn all about the chocolate making process with their very own hands. Plus, they get to sample the fruits of their labour at the end and in indulge in all the chocolate they’ve just made! The class is filled with loads of fun but also provides a solid educational foundation for all the important parts of a chocolatier’s process. While you’re here, make sure to pay a visit to the Dairy Bar which serves up artisan gelato, sundaes and milkshakes – all made on-site with award-winning South Coast Dairy milk and cream. You won’t get much fresher than these udderly delicious treats!


Chocolate Cottages Workshops, Milton Country Retreat

For all the adults with sweet teeth, don’t worry, we have a chocolate workshop for you too! Milton Country Retreat’s classes are an excellent way to celebrate that special occasion a bit differently. Are you planning your hen’s weekend? Throwing a big birthday bash? Or just having a little romantic getaway with the significant other? Then book in for a session here, you can even book a whole package deal and stay in the B&B as well. There are a bunch of different classes on offer including a Decadent Night Time workshop, a Learn How to Temper class and even some kids lessons for all the little chocolatiers out there. These workshops really take you into a whole new world of chocolate making, where every little piece you create is considered a piece of art. We guarantee you’ll have a whole new appreciation for chocolate after taking part in this class! Click here to find out more about each workshop and to book.

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