Summer is a great time to take that class or learn that skill you’ve always thought about. Whether you want to get your Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze on behind the pottery wheel or learn how to stop killing all your indoor plants, Melbourne’s summer class offerings have something for you.
Japanese vegetarian cooking with Bryce Edwards
The always-popular Neff Market Kitchen at South Melbourne Market is back with a summer selection of masterclasses hosted by chefs from some of Melbourne’s best local restaurants. Bryce Edwards of vegetarian diner Transformer will lead a creative, meat-free Japanese cooking workshop using market-fresh seasonal produce. Covering traditional Japanese techniques and modern fusion, the menu will include sweet and savoury dishes. Book now, spaces are limited.
Pasta masterclass at Lello
This class at Lello Pasta Bar will teach you how to make three regional Italian pastas: maltigliati (rough-cut egg pasta with breadcrumbs and parsley), sciatelle (long, squarish spaghetti), and pizzocheri (flat ribbons). Best part is you get to enjoy the aforementioned pastas with a glass of wine post-cook.
Sourdough-making at Kylie’s Slow Dough
Learn to make a crusty loaf of sourdough at this workshop at Kylie’s Slow Dough in Carlton. You’ll be mixing, kneading, folding and baking in this half-day session. Apart from taking home your carb-y new friend, you’ll also get a wild-yeast starter pack, one kilo of organic flour, and a sourdough recipe. Refreshments and plenty of sourdough delights provided.
Winemaking classes at Noisy Ritual
The idea of an urban winery is as unique as it is convenient. Brunswick local Noisy Ritual Winery has a program of winemaking classes that you can get to by tram. A yearly membership gives you access to all three workshops: Stomp, Press and Bottle (as well as a few other covetable benefits). These classes will take you through every stage of the wine creation process, from making to tasting, and everything in between.
Cocktail masterclass at Four Pillars
The cool industrial space at Four Pillars Gin distillery is the perfect spot to learn how to make a gin cocktail while drinking a gin cocktail. Learn how to make the perfect Tom Collins under expert instruction while discovering a little about what goes into the craft of gin-making at this award-winning distiller. Nibbles and refreshments provided, and each class goes through the construction of two different cocktails.
Whisky masterclass at Starward
Award-winning whisky distillery Starward is running intensive masterclasses every Saturday and Sunday this summer. The class covers not only tasting and appreciation, but the full production process from barley to bottle. The two-hour session will provide an in-depth look at Starward’s own production method. There’ll be plenty of tastings, a mini bottle of Starward (straight from the barrel) to take home, plus a bag of merch (and who doesn’t love merch).
A beginner's guide to indoor gardening at The Plant Society
Love indoor plants but don’t know the difference between tending to a monstera or a devil’s ivy? The Plant Society’s workshop is here to help you with the basics of keeping your leafy friends thriving, from watering, to the right light and maintenance. It goes for an hour and a half and is ideal for beginners, as well as anyone with a penchant for plants. There are two dates planned for February, but tickets are not yet available – watch this space.
Write Right at the Good Copy
This is the class for anyone who wants to hone their writing skills over the break, whether you write for a living, or just want to send better emails. Teacher and editor Penny Modra will help you master tone, style and more in this half-day session on improving your writing. Modra is a hoot, and we guarantee you’ll spend the day not only learning, but laughing.
Wheel and Wine at Sarah Schembri Ceramics
This is not your average pottery class. Sarah Schembri is a Melbourne-based ceramicist whose love of pottery is matched only by her love of food and wine. In this three-hour class, you’ll learn wheel-throwing techniques, and how to glaze and fire your pieces, all while sipping on local wine and grazing on snacks. Participants are encouraged to come hungry. No prior pottery experience is necessary.