Novelist Franz Kafka once wrote that as long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.
But perhaps not all. Who’s doing the cooking? If you don’t have the expertise, you can learn it on the Sapphire Coast, from expert instructors with a passion for taste.
Given what the Bega Valley is famous for, then making cheese seems an obvious skill to pick up during your visit, or perhaps how to create smallgoods. Maybe even discover how to cater for a full-on dinner party?
Or perhaps your heart yearns to bake. Other courses on offer include baking and artisan bread making, with classes for young and old.
Spend a day or more, immersing yourself in timeless skills, and learn how to feed your body and your soul.
Stony Creek Farm
Guests here can forage from the gardens and collect free range eggs, then cook up a feast with advice from your hosts Wendy and Martin. They can send you out on a foraging trail too or prepare a locavore feast just for you. Stony Creek Farm is a small rural property just 10 minutes north of Bega, the restored and revamped 100 year old farmhouse and fertile land provides the owners the opportunity to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, combining their own garden produce with the region’s famous dairy, seafood, fruit and vegetables and specialty products.
The charming weatherboard homestead has two luxurious guest areas each with fabulous double french doors opening onto private verandahs which make the most of the natural beauty of the location. Mumbulla Mountain and misty mornings provide a stunning backdrop to enjoy home cooked breakfasts made from fresh products from the farm and region. The homestead has ample parking for boats and trailers and has pet friendly facilities.
Nelleke’s Culinary Adventures – Taste the World
Taste the world with Nelleke!
Nelleke Gorton, CWA and masterChef judge transports her cooking students to the far flung corners of the world in just a few fun-filled hours. Beginners through to advanced cooks will enjoy and benefit from the informal, friendly lessons Nelleke holds in her charming country kitchen. Bring a friend or make some new ones while you learn innovative and traditional cooking techniques in the art of baking and pastry making at her delightful Tanja property.
Stroudover Cottage – Cooking School/Guesthouse
Stroudover Cottage offers food events – from a seven-course truffle dining experience, to cheese and sausage making courses for the discerning guest.
Perhaps the pinnacle of Stroudover Cottage’s many offerings is the three-day cookery school which focusses on using produce from the Bemboka region (ie from a 10km radius – like the Bemboka Banquet).
Participants will visit local producers of the food and also spend a few hours foraging for food.
All in all, the philosophy of paddock to plate (with the skills to cook it, too!) and knowing where your food comes from and how to find it locally makes the event such a fabulous and unique experience.