Learn From the Locals – Cooking Classes, Candle Workshops, Gin Masterclasses and more on the Mornington Peninsula

Learn From the Locals – Cooking Classes, Candle Workshops, Gin Masterclasses and more on the Mornington Peninsula

People love going to classes while on holiday, right?  But seriously, adding a workshop or class to your vacation itinerary can be an awesome way to try something you don’t usually have time for and take not only a lasting memory but also a skill back home with you!

The Mornington Peninsula offers heaps of workshops from candles to cooking and plenty in-between, great for solo enthusiasts, couples or groups looking for a new experience. Here are five of our recommendations:

Wildflower Posy Workshop and Lunch, Green Olive at Red Hill

A one-hour course followed by a grazing plate, beverage, dessert and coffee or tea. You’ll walk away with your own wildflower creation – the beauty of native posies is that many rarely wilt, so you’ll have a bouquet to proudly display for months and months!

Forest forager experts will guide you through the workshop, and you’ll learn some floristry skills. Offering classes for 8 to 12 people, you may meet some like-minded folk here, or you could try to book your big group together. Green Olive is based in the Red Hill Hinterlands and frequently runs cooking classes, so keep an eye on their website!

Source: greenolive.com.au

Candle Making Workshop – Red Hill Candle Co

Red Hill Candle Co offers a 90-minute workshop on weekends and 45-minute options on Wednesday to Sunday. The 90-minute Scent Lab teaches you the basics of candle making and takes you through the hands-on process of making one large soy candle and one smaller tin candle.

Plus, the ticket price includes a glass of bubbles or cold-pressed juice. In the 45-minute workshop, you’ll blend your own custom fragrance, which will be made into a candle with a customised jar.

Source: Instagram @redhillcandleco

Gin Masterclass at Bass and Flinders Distillery, Dromana

Bass and Flinders Distillery pioneered the gin masterclass in Australia and continue to provide unique and evolving classes.

As you sip on Bass and Flinders’ gin, graze a cheese platter and learn the fascinating history of the spirit, you’ll blend your own flavour of botanicals and aromas into a 500ml bottle of gin to take home. Your creation will be kept on file so you can order a bottle of your custom gin from the distillery whenever you please!

Source: Instagram @bassandflinders

Rum Distilling Experience at JimmyRum, Dromana

Over three hours at the JimmyRum Distillery, you’ll learn and taste a lot. Head distiller and founder James McPherson will take you through the history of rum and give you a tour of the distillery.

You’ll taste JimmyRum’s four original blends and taste rums from around the world while discussing the nuances of the flavour profiles – plus, there will be cheese and meat platters. After learning the ins and outs of rum distilling, you’ll blend your own and take home a 50ml bottle.

Source: Instagram @jimmyrumdistillery

Cooking Classes at Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery, Flinders

Georgie Bass runs a medley of cooking classes from pasta to Middle Eastern to Spanish or dumplings! Check out their website for all the options, or keep reading to learn about their Winter Entertaining class happening in July 2022.

Focusing on canapes and appetisers, you’ll learn how to put together an impressive and classy spread for entertaining. The 2.5-hour class teaches you how to plan and prepare your creations ahead of time, and the small groups ensure one-on-one time with the instructor to improve your technique at any level of experience. You’ll be using fresh and local produce on the day and, of course, get to enjoy your canapes throughout the experience!

Source: Instagram @georgiebasscafe

Learn from the locals when you Go Coastal 
Check out any or many of these classes when you stay on the Mornington Peninsula in one of our diverse holiday homes.

  • Amazing Views Pool Walks and memorable holidays
  • Arden Monte Vista
  • Baroda Abode Cosy Rosebud beach holidays
  • Bayside Mansion w Pool Spa and Ultimate Alfresco
  • Beach and Bay relaxing holidays by the beach
  • Beach House by the Bay
  • Beaches Peninsula Escape
  • Beachy Bay Haven
  • Bearna on Rodney @ Rye
  • Blairgowrie Beach Hideaway
  • Blairgowrie Beauty Luxury by the Beach
  • Blue Haven Pet Friendly Retreat
  • Boneo Beach Shack renovated and affordable
  • Canterbury Jetty Luxury Escape
  • Cedar Escape by the Bay
  • Coastal Beach Escape
  • Coastal Harmony Peaceful Retreat
  • Diamond Bay Getaway stroll to the beach
  • Elegant Bayside Classic 300 metres to the beach
  • Escape to Blairgowrie 500m to beach cafes
  • Fairhills Retreat in Rye
  • Florence House Sunny Entertainer
  • Frimmel Way Portsea spacious luxury holidays
  • Harbourside On the Water
  • Holiday Escape Pool and Alfresco
  • Illyria with Pool Spa and Relaxation
  • Karma Seas luxurious poolside retreat
  • Kingfisher Retreat
  • Majestic McCrae Luxury Pool Views to the Bay
  • Monte Carlo @ Martha’s Cove
  • No 87
  • Nyland Beach House on Mornington Peninsula
  • Oasis on Grange peaceful and stylish
  • Ocean Beach Retreat Walk to the Beach
  • Oceans 84
  • Ossett Oasis Sorrento
  • Peninsula Family Resort
  • Peninsula Holiday Cottage 10 minutes walk to the beach
  • Pool Haven on Leah
  • Red Beauty on the Hill
  • Rosebud Beach House
  • Rye Serenity and Style walk to beach shops Wifi
  • SALT 17 Spacious 3BR Luxury Penthouse
  • SALT 18 Luxury Sorrento Penthouse
  • SALT 19 Sorrento Luxury by the beach
  • Salt 4 Getaway Luxury for 2
  • SALT 5 Sorrento walk to beaches shops cafes and restaurants
  • SALT 7 Spacious Luxury in Sorrento walk to the beach
  • Sand Sea & Sunsets St Andrews Beach
  • Sea N Candy 100 meters to the beach
  • Seabreeze Retreat
  • Seashells Stays
  • Seaside Haven Cottage
  • Seaside Sanctuary on St Andrews Beach
  • Somers Haus and The Studio – Seaside Luxe
  • Spectacular Bayside Views Spa Rooftop
  • St Andrews Beach apartment 4 01
  • St Andrews Beach apartment 4 02
  • Stunning Home Alfresco Entertainment Jacuzzi
  • The Barn Canterbury Homestead Peaceful Holidays
  • Tranquil Shore Holiday Home
  • Tranquility Rye Short stroll to the Beach