The lush dairy country of the Coffs Coast makes a fitting backdrop for learning to make your own cheese at The Cheese Making Workshop at Emerald Beach. At Food I Am in Wagga Wagga, hands-on cooking classes, chef demonstrations and artisan workshops featuring bakers, cheese makers and salumi professionals are on the menu.
Perhaps it will be no surprise to learn that the Hunter Valley wine region is also a hub for food education. Majors Lane at Lovedale offers classes in Thai, Balinese, Vietnamese and other Asian cuisines, The Verandah Restaurant in Pokolbin specialises in paella lessons, while at Broke, Margan extends the philosophy of its award-winning restaurant with garden-to-plate classes run by estate horticulturalist Pat Hansson and chef Michael Robinson.
Adults with a sweet tooth can join a 90-minute Big Kids Candy sweet-making workshop at the Hunter Valley Resort, working with the property’s executive chef to learn to infuse alcohol with peanut brittle, marshmallows and rocky road. Younger ones will love the chance to learn to make a giant chocolate freckle or rocky road at Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory in the Riverina region.
Australia’s first MasterChef, Julie Goodwin, meanwhile, conducts a wide variety of cooking classes, from high tea to preserving and pickling, canapés and cocktails, at Julie’s Place in Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.