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Published on May 08, 2018 with No Comments

Melbourne’s best masterclasses and workshops.



One of the best ways for you to get under the skin of Melbourne is to soak up the knowledge and expertise of the city’s dedicated industry leaders and passionate experts. Home to an array of specialist masterclasses and hands-on workshops spanning the culinary, artistic, practical and intellectual worlds, you will love learning while in Melbourne.

As a bona fide foodie hotspot, Melbourne is a city filled with inventive chefs, butchers, chocolatiers, cheesemakers, fermenters and bakers – all ready, willing and able to share their knowledge with curious visitors from around the world. Melbourne has plenty of classes to satiate the appetites of meat lovers, including butchery classes at Hagen’s Organics, and barbecue classes at Queen Victoria Market’s Whack it on the Barbie. Chocoholics can get their Willy Wonka on at South Yarra’s Ganache Chocolate School. Truffle making, dessert creation, perfecting macarons and creating unique chocolate bars are just some of the workshops offered by this much-loved chocolate maker responsible for seriously delectable creations. For bread lovers, you know that nothing compares to slicing into a hot loaf of bread fresh from the oven. Bread making classes at the historic Convent Bakery enable you to capture this feeling at home by providing the skills to bake artisanal loaves.

While most people don’t need a class to appreciate cheese, Melbourne provedore Spring Street Grocer is committed to spreading the word about all things cheese from its subterranean cheese cave (Australia’s first underground cheese maturation cellar). Holding cheese workshops led by Spring Street Grocer’s head cheesemonger, this is the place for you to brush up on your cheese knowledge while tasting some of the best cheese from near and far. Kimchi and kombucha anyone? Once the favoured pastime of grandmothers around the globe, the art of fermenting food is now catching on with the younger crowd. Located in the beachside suburb of Sandringham, Wild Ferments runs several fermenting classes designed to demystify the process of fermenting vegetables and making foodie favourites like yes, kimchi and sauerkraut.

Beyond brushing up on your food knowledge and techniques, there is also art, life and style workshops to consider. From the artistic to the cerebral, Melbourne’s expert-led workshops and classes are a great way for visitors to engage with the city on a deeper level. Take The Powder Room, for example. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the beauty industry, Samantha Taylor knows a thing or two about fragrance. At The Powder Room you get the chance to sit down with Samantha and learn how to create your own signature scent. For a chance to brush up on your arts and crafts skills, casual life drawing classes are popular at Footscray’s The Art Room. Screen printing and lampshade making workshops often sell out at Seddon’s Handmaker’s Factory and weekend hat making workshops with Melbourne milliner Serena Lindeman are a hit with fashionistas keen on creating their next statement accessory to wear to the races.

Finally, don’t forget to check out Laneway Learning. Offering a diverse range of classes from the practical to the outlandish, it is a fun Melbourne institution open to all casual learners. With chapters in the heart of the city (down a laneway no less), Fitzroy, St Kilda, Newport and Brunswick, Laneway Learning’s low-cost, accessible classes cover broad territory including photography, dance, storytelling, nutrition, science, literature, finance and small business.


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