Belinda Jeffery

Events

Welcome to my cooking classes for 2019.

This year I’ve released the full calendar year of classes at once, so there are plenty for you to choose from. I hope this will enable you to better plan for the year ahead for those times when you may have an opportunity for a weekend in and around beautiful Byron Shire; and maybe even to arrange for friends or family to accompany you. As you will see, I don’t teach during the hot summer months as it’s so humid here that it’s impossible to even think about cooking! However the rest of the year is just about perfect – I’d love to think that I get to meet you and we can spend a great day together.

Just a little bit of background information on the schedule…

I do occasionally teach elsewhere around Australia, but most of my classes are now held in the village of Federal which is close to my home in the picturesque Byron Bay Hinterland. This allows me to make the most of our fabulous farmers markets and beautiful, locally-grown produce. The venue is the lovely 120 year old village hall – those of you who have read my Country Cookbook will know it well! Each class is full of cooking, learning, laughter, eating cake, sharing a long table lunch, and simply enjoying being with like-minded people in this warm and welcoming environment. I would love to think you can join us for one of these days. They’re very special. (By the way, if you would like to have a peek at some photos of the day, you’ll find lots on my Instagram feed @belindajefferyfood.)

Recipes for all the classes vary from month to month…and week to week in some cases! The only two classes that are the same are the Friday and Saturday classes on any given weekend.


All Day Hands–on Classes and Lunch: For 8 people only

The first day of autumn heralds not only cooler weather but also my first classes of the year. After the long summer break and opportunity to develop a lot of new recipes it will be wonderful to be back teaching again. March is still pretty humid here, but there are signs in the farmers market that things are changing…apples abound, baskets of crimson, late-fruiting plums appear, and if we’re lucky, the first of the avocados arrive. April ushers in no-end of pumpkins and the local nut crop too with the sweetest, creamiest macadamias ever, and beautiful plump pecans. By May, avocado harvest is in full swing, fragrant quinces and tamarillos arrive for their short but sweet season, and the brilliant green leaves of kales, lettuces and cabbages spill out of baskets, bags and trolleys.

March 2019

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th

April 2019
Friday 12th

May 2019
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th

Federal Village Hall, Federal, NSW
(Byron Bay Hinterland)
Hands-on cooking class for 8 people
10am – 4pm

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Demonstration Pastry Class for 12 people only

As my demonstration pastry classes have proved to be so popular, on one weekend each in June and August I’m teaching more of these classes which focus on tips and techniques for perfecting three different pastries. Over the years, many people have told me they find the thought of making pastry way too scary, and I think this is such a shame as it really is one of the most wonderfully versatile and satisfying things to master. Once you’ve got the hang of it, a whole new repertoire of dishes will be at your fingertips…literally! It’s certainly one of my favourite things make, and I’d love you to join me for these special classes which will have you turning it out like a pro!

June 2019
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th

August 2019
Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd

10am until 1.30pm

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All Day Hands–on Classes and Lunch: For 8 people only

Winter is my favourite time to cook. As our winters are short here (in August the days can be quite balmy!) I like to make the most of all the winter produce I can get my hands on. At this time of year, the market stalls are awash with plump bulbs of fennel, peas and beautiful squeaky beans, cauliflowers, creamy avocados, thick pink stalks of rhubarb, and an abundance limes, lemons, and oranges – including exquisite blood oranges. I’ll create different menus for each month depending on what’s in the market, our garden, and what my wonderful farming friends have grown.

June 2019
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th

July 2019
Friday 19th and Saturday 20th

August 2019
Friday 30th and Saturday 31st

Federal Village Hall, Federal, NSW
(Byron Bay Hinterland)
Hands-on cooking class for 8 people
10am – 4pm

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All Day Hands–on Classes and Lunch: For 8 people only

As with all my classes, the recipes for these Spring classes will vary from month to month. In September we’ll focus on making the most of early spring produce such as peas, the first sweet strawberries, and blueberries (which we buy by the bucketful from the farmer); while October will bring broad beans (I do so love them!), amazing shatoot mulberries, and local asparagus. By November, we should be cooking with an abundance of stone fruit and special handmade cheeses from our award-winning local cheesemaker, Debra Allard of Cheeses Loves You. (I suspect in the last classes of November I’ll focus on easy entertaining ideas.)Together we’ll cook up a feast of beautiful dishes before we sit down with a glass of wine and enjoy it together.

September 2019
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st

October 2019
Friday 4th and Saturday 5th

November 2019
Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November, 2019
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November, 2019
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November, 2019

Federal Village Hall, Federal, NSW
(Byron Bay Hinterland)
Hands-on cooking class for 8 people
10am – 4pm

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Cooking Class Gift Vouchers

What a great idea! Give your friends or family members a real treat for a birthday, anniversary or any other special occasion (or just because you want to spoil them) by giving them a Gift Voucher to one of my classes.

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Exclusive private cooking classes: hands-on for 8 people only

I started my pop-up cooking school in the lovely old Federal Village Hall in the Byron Bay Hinterland last year, and I’m beyond thrilled at the response I’ve received to my classes. I really didn’t know how they would go, but am delighted to say that they’ve been a great success! A number of people have already enquired about the possibility of me doing exclusive hands-on private classes for a group of friends, family, or corporate development. I just wanted to let you know that I’m really happy to do so, but a group needs to be 8 people to make the day viable. Depending on what you’re after, the total cost for a full day for 8 people including a fabulous lunch that we cook together, would be $2800. If you would like to find out more about such a special event, please contact me at belindajeffery24@gmail.com

Federal Village Hall, Federal, NSW
(In the beautiful Byron Bay Hinterland – about 20 minutes drive from Byron Bay)
Hands-on cooking classes for 8 people
10am – 4pm