Master the art of charcuterie, pickling or wine pairing with these five fantastic workshops around Australia.
New South Wales
Cornersmith Picklery in Marrickville, Sydney, runs hands-on workshops dedicated to the old-world techniques of pickling, preserving, cheesemaking and bread baking. Guided by Cornersmith founders Alex Elliott-Howery and Jamiee Edwards, each class culminates in take-home recipe cards and jars of your handmade goodies. The best bit? Sample a delicious spread of Cornersmith’s produce while you learn.
There are few things more comforting than the aroma of freshly baked bread. Learn how to bake authentic sourdough bread at a step-by-step masterclass at the Convent Bakery in Abbotsford. The workshops include making, eating and taking home wood-fired fruit scrolls for morning tea and savoury calzones for lunch. Participants also receive an embroidered apron and guided tour around the historical convent grounds and artists studio.
Since 1844, Penfolds has played a crucial role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia. Today, wine connoisseurs can enjoy tutored tastings of its famous labels at the heritage-listed Magill Estate in the Barossa Valley. Held in Penfolds’ new tasting room, the masterclass runs daily and will take you through a selection of Penfolds wines, each carefully paired with complementary cheeses.
This destination cooking school set on five acres in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley prides itself on sustainable farming and offers a great range of paddock-to-plate experiences. The two-day charcuterie course draws on European traditions, with co-founder Rodney Dunn demonstrating how to make salami, pancetta, capocollo, lardo and prosciutto. The class includes a delicious lunch with matched wines.
Get your hands dirty at Foragers’ farm-based cooking school and restaurant in south-western Australia. The all-day class begins with a visit to the kitchen garden, orchard and farm – where there’s plenty of heirloom produce to dig up – before returning to the kitchen to design, cook and eat your harvest. Make a full weekend of it and book a night’s stay at Foragers’ luxury eco-chalets.