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Master something new in the Swan Valley

21 August 2018

By Martin Eade

Master something new in the Swan Valley

Touring around the Swan Valley may conjure up images of wine tasting and indulgent meals, however there’s plenty of learning to be done while you’re in the region. Many venues around the Swan Valley offer masterclasses that help you make the most of your Swan Valley experience.

Chocolate & Wine Tasting at Providore

Learn all about cacao before sampling four chocolate liqueurs, six wines and nine chocolates! Is there a better way to pass a few hours?

Classes cost $40 per person, including a bottle of chocolate liqueur valued at $24.95 so this is great value. Bookings are essential and corporate classes are also available.

Wine & Choc

Make Cheese at Swan Valley Central

Learn all about the art of making cheese at The Cheese Maker in Swan Valley Central.

These hands-on courses are a great opportunity to start a new hobby as a cheesemaker and feed the family at the same time. From soft to hard cheeses, there are courses to suit every palate and experience level.

Participants receive a take-home guide and there are plenty of follow-on cheese making products and support available.

Cheese making

Become a Barista at Yahava

The Yahava Koffee Academy offers Barista Basics training in its Swan Valley roastery. For the passionate home barista, this is the perfect way to learn how to make great coffee at home.

Yahava’s crew are experienced baristas that know all the tricks of the trade and can teach you how to make coffee whatever your preference, from espresso to plunger. The intimate classes run on Wednesday and Saturday mornings with a minimum of two and maximum of four people. Cost is $165 per person.

Yahava is also a great place to buy coffee equipment, books and beans.

Yahava-Koffeeworks

Learn all about Spirits at the Great Northern Distillery

The Great Northern Distillery is home to the Kimberley Rum Company and the internationally acclaimed Canefire Rum. Visitors can sample the distillery’s range of products – or even buy a cocktail – made from the ranges of rum, vodka, gin and liqueurs.

For those after something a bit more in-depth, tours through the distillery are operated hourly on Sundays between 12pm and 4pm. Participants are guided through the distilling and manufacturing process, with a few samples along the way.

Group bookings are available, so why not gather your mates for an unforgettable afternoon?

Enjoy Bush Tucker at Maalinup

Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery offers Aboriginal cultural activities, talks, performances, a gallery full of local Aboriginal art, gifts souvenirs.

One of the most fascinating Maalinup experiences is traditional bush tucker tasting, which begins with an informative talk covering Aboriginal history, agriculture and food. The food section covers contemporary bushfoods and their uses; herbs, spices, peppers and fruits; sauces, jams, oils and chutneys; and the opportunity to try delicious food incorporating Aboriginal flavours.

Herbs, spices, peppers, dried fruits, sauces and jams are available to purchase. Complimentary recipes are available, and recipe and bush tucker books can also be bought. Tastings cost $27.50 per person and bookings are essential.

See a full list of Swan Valley masterclasses.