Cooking Classes for the next generation

A welcome new offering has emerged in our community in the form of a mentorship and cooking class program, specifically designed for youth and young adults aged 14- 21 years old who want to progress their skills in the kitchen and become capable, confident and self-sufficient home cooks before they leave home.

“Many children are growing up and entering adulthood without adequate cooking skills” says Claire Fuller who is the owner and passion behind the hugely successful, Sticky Rice Cooking School.

I have 2 older teenage kids now and I have become very acutely aware over the last few years, that their peer groups and friends simply can’t cook very much! I have had my eyes very much opened to the fact, that being able to cook well or even adequately, by the time you are in your 20s, is rare these days.

The reality is, that most kids by 16 years old, can cook a pasta dish comfortably themselves, but most would struggle with knife skills and wouldn’t know where to start to cook cauliflower, eggplant or leeks, make a white sauce or distinguish between fast and slow cook cuts of meat. Many would just be guessing if asked to operate the settings on an oven and cooking a tasty, nutritious meal for 6 people would be at best daunting and more likely, a full blown kitchen disaster.

‘’Counter top’’ cooking (cooking using counter top machines such as air fryers, microwaves, toasty machines, pie makers, rice cooker etc) has become a way of cooking that many young people heavily rely on to survive in the kitchen. The average technical cooking skill level of a 16-20 year old however, is more likely equal to boiling pasta until al dente and then stirring through a jar of fancy pesto or pasta sauce from the supermarket shelf. Lunch is most likely something from the freezer, toasty machine, microwave or air fryer and a cooked breakfast is likely to consist of a supermarket pancake mix or at best scrambled eggs on toast.

With this basic level of skill, most young people could feel quite accomplished at being able to ”feed” themselves, however its not really good enough says Claire, when you consider the whole range of foods that they can’t cook. Its not really good enough either, that with these minimal skills, these same teenagers, will most likely be in charge of cooking to feed their own families for a good 20 years and then being faced with teaching their own kids how to ”cook”!

So what went wrong-

Well most things usually start off ok, with a fun interest by both kids and parents in the kitchen together until the age of about 10, but the reality is, that’s just not enough and by the time kids are late teenagers, they are unlikely to have had much more input or get any further instruction on cooking from home or school. They have often not chosen food subjects at school, the cupcake kids parties have long gone and parents have well and truly given them the key to the door and are often not home for meals together let along cooking together.

So they end up at 16 and all they have is the basics – how to cook pasta, eggs and cupcakes and that’s where the learning stops. Fast forward 10 years and they finally find themselves with partners, eating takeaway and delivered meals at great expense and disappointment to their budget and health, not to mention their lack of adventure in the kitchen and their deprived taste buds.

Parents strive to teach our kids many things throughout school years, to ensure our kids have endless possibilities in life.  But have we ever really thought about sentencing our youth to a lifetime of boring food, high food bills, poor nutrition and lack of social enjoyment just because they can’t really cook and no one is prepared to teach them?

How many of them will decide to take themselves off and get some cooking classes in their 30s and 40s? Some of them for sure, but certainly not the majority. The reality is that they will make do with the skills they have. They will find ways of pimping up that jar of sauce or packet of noodles and some may get creative with a bag of chips and use them as breadcrumbs as seen on TIKTOK. But what about the rest and what about all the other 90% of forgotten foods?

When you consider that making pasta with a jar of supermarket sauce might be as good as they get in the kitchen at 40, its really quite a concern and somewhat of a lost opportunity especially for the next generation of kids, whose parents can’t actually cook either.

Claire is a woman on a mission and following in her mother’s footsteps (who also taught young new mothers how to cook for their families back in the 60s), she is taking on a community challenge and offering to turn this around by running private cooking classes that teach the next level of skills in the kitchen to 14-21 year olds.

“With a few technical lessons, their repertoire for cooking and ability to eat well and for the rest of their lives will expand indefinitely”

This program is not about the next Junior masterchef kids- they clearly don’t need help- so they won’t be making snow eggs or crockenbush after school but, if they want to learn how to make a great fresh tomato sauce, then they could use it for garlic and herbed pasta for dinner, use it to make cacciatore baked chicken for Sunday lunch and make nutritionally rich Mexican beans for their breakfast burrito.

On offer will be recipe classes for family favorites like bolognaise sauce for pasta and lasagna, international favourites like Greek Moussaka, beef stifado, slow cooked Moroccan or Indian spiced lamb and the program will cover how to make your basics like marinades, dips, white sauce, fritters, quiche, pie filling etc. There will be family favourite dessert classes too, so no more shop bought meringues, mud cake or lemon curd cheesecakes and of course being Mrs Sticky Rice, lots of Asian is always going to be optional.

Claire’s promise is that there are so many variations on recipes that just open up instantly, once you master the key lessons and cooking techniques. Couple this with learning your ABC of spices and signature cultural ingredients and within weeks these young pasta cooks will be replicating the whole range of international foods that they crave or only buy by the jar or packet.

So what is being offered.

Claire has a full time role as Managing director of Sticky Rice Cooking School but will find time to take on a few private students after school hours and in school holidays and get them competent in the kitchen.

Already she had been asked to help with preparations for year 12 practical SACE assignments in cookery and by young adult school leavers who just want more independent and adventurous cooking skills. She has been requested by many friends to teach kids who just have a passion and desire to learn how to cook meals for themselves, because their families have parents who can’t or won’t cook.

“I’ll be happy to help- they just need a bit of input- they need to be shown how to do things- and then they will fly says Claire.”

For more information on costs, vacancies, and times available you can email Claire directly at  admin@stickyricecookingschool.com.au


Nutritional Workshops

We are really keen to explore more wellness and nutritional aspects of cooking and eating in 2022 and excited to announce our first nutritional workshop date.

The first of our Wellness Educational Workshops will be on April 1st 10am

This session will be Exploring Ayurvedic Nutrition
Learn which foods you should be eating to suit your body type based on your primary Dosha.
This is a wellness educational workshop to learn about the body’s subtle energy flows, otherwise known as Doshas.
Ayurvedic principals teach us that all people have a combination of all three doshas, but usually one dosha is dominant or primary and this will influence how we digest our food and extract nutrients into our cells.
Eating the correct foods to balance with your primary dosha type, can have huge health benefits and act as natural medicine for your body, creating harmony in the body, mind and soul.
The question is “What is your particular body type and how can you balance these dosha energies by changing your diet and lifestyle for optimal health.
This workshop is all about teaching you the ayurvedic principles around the 3 energy flows (doshas) and educating you about the foods and nutritional compounds that fall into each of the dosha categories. With this knowledge you can eat and live according to your dosha for optimal wellbeing.
April 1st 10am- $55pp- tickets on sale now in our calendar.
With international speaker and ayurvedic physician and Nutritionist Dr Karuna Jaiswal.

 Tickets Here

Learn which foods you should be eating to suit your body type based on your primary Dosha.
This is a wellness educational workshop to learn about the body’s subtle energy flows, otherwise known as Doshas.
Ayurvedic principals teach us that all people have a combination of all three doshas, but usually one dosha is dominant or primary and this will influence how we digest our food and extract nutrients into our cells.
Eating the correct foods to balance with your primary dosha type, can have huge health benefits and act as natural medicine for your body, creating harmony in the body, mind and soul.
The question is “What is your particular body type and how can you balance these dosha energies by changing your diet and lifestyle for optimal health.
This workshop is all about teaching you the ayurvedic principles around the 3 energy flows (doshas) and educating you about the foods and nutritional compounds that fall into each of the dosha categories. With this knowledge you can eat and live according to your dosha for optimal wellbeing.

So What is your body type? Vata, Pitta or Kapha?
Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional Indian medicine, which is 5000 years old. It’s recognized by WHO and is practised all over the world.
Ayurveda recognizes three basic types of energy, or functional principles that are present in humans. These are vata, pitta and kapha.
These principles can be related to the basic human physiology of the human body concerning energy and the five basic elements of life.
The five elements are space, ether, water, fire and earth. They combine in their natural form to vata-space and ether, pitta-fire and water and Kapha -earth and water.
Energy plays an important role in our life as it creates movement, enabling fluids and nutrients to reach the body cells to function effectively.
We need energy to digest our food and extract the nutrients into the cells which lubricate and maintain the structural formation of the cell. Our daily activity is governed by these three subtle energies in different forms.

· Vata is the energy of movement and helps in breathing ,thinking and speaking.
· Pitta is the energy of digestion or metabolism and chemical changes occurring in our body.
· Kapha is the energy of lubrication and maintaining the structural composition of human cells.
All people have a combination of all three doshas, but usually one dosha is dominant or primary, other is secondary and the third could be less prominent. The cause of disease in ayurvedic medicine is known to be lack of proper cell function due to an excess or imbalance of vata, pitta or kapha dosha.

Join us on 1st April at 10.00 am to hear about these energies by international speaker and ayurvedic physician and Nutritionist Dr Karuna Jaiswal, who is an authentic ayurveda practitioner who studied at the University of Delhi, India and moved to Australia in 2007 with her husband and two kids.


Great State Vouchers are back March 2022

Watch this space for the link to register yourself in the ballot and win a $100 Great State Voucher. Coming soon…..

Here is the full list of classes for Great State Vouchers– If you receive a $100 experience voucher GSV8 these classes will be available for $65 each.
Please note our classes are not valid for the $200 vouchers which are for multi day experiences only.
We have allocated as many classes as possible and there are classes running for the entire period of the promotion
from 11th March – 31st May 2022.
When you get your vouchers you can navigate straight to the class you have chosen from this preview list to secure your spots. Once sold out we cannot increase numbers sorry. Last year we sold out within 3 days!
Good luck everyone- registrations will be very soon. Watch this space on how to enter and share this with friends so they have this exclusive inside info.
Fri 11-Mar Thai and Viet Banq (GF) 6:00 PM
Sat 12-Mar Stars of Siam 5:00 PM
Sun 13-Mar Tasting Thailand 2:00 PM
Fri 18-Mar Taste of Asia 6:00 PM
Sat 19-Mar Middle Eastern Feast 10:00 AM
Sat 26-Mar Moroccan Delights 10:00 AM
Sun 27-Mar Asian Adventure 2:00 PM
Fri 8-Apr Asian Adventure 6:00 PM
Sat 9-Apr Moroccan Delights 10:00 AM
Sun 10-Apr Tasting Thailand 2:00 PM
Thu 14-Apr Mexican Food Fiesta 6:00 PM
Thu 21-Apr Taste of Asia 6:00 PM
Fri 22-Apr Mastering Asian 10:00 AM
Sat 23-Apr French Mediterranean 10:00 AM
Sun 24-Apr Thai and Vietnamese 2:00 PM
Tue 26-Apr Spanish Tapas 6:00 PM
Wed 27-Apr Thai Banquet 6:00 PM
Fri 29-Apr Essential Asian 6:00 PM
Tue 3-May Travelling Chef 6:00 PM
Wed 4-May Essential Asian 6:00 PM
Fri 6-May Thai Feast 6:00 PM
Wed 11-May Taste of Thailand 6:00 PM
Thu 12-May Middle Eastern Feast 6:00 PM
Sat 14-May Essential Japanese 5:00 PM
Tue 17-May Thai Banquet 6:00 PM
Wed 18-May Thai and Viet Banq (GF) 6:00 PM
Thu 19-May Vegetarian Mezze 6:00 PM
Fri 20-May Essential Asian 6:00 PM
Sat 21-May French Mediterranean 10:00 AM
Tue 24-May Mastering Asian 6:00 PM
Wed 25-May Stars of Siam 6:00 PM
Thu 26-May Mediterranean Journey 6:00 PM
Mon 30-May Asian Adventure 6:00 PM
Tue 31-May Travelling Chef 6:00 PM


A Japanese Escape

Experience the fascinating culture of Japan in a world without travel.

In our current covid climate the world is learning to live without international travel and South Australia has responded by offering an exciting cultural journey that will, virtually, transport you across the globe. So pack your tastebuds ready for the tantalising Tokyo night markets and get ready to slip into that kimono and soak up the serenity of Hirosaki, as you prepare for the 20 minutes travel time to this Japanese Escape.

South Australia’s own ‘Little Japan’ is nestled in the outskirts of Stirling in the Adelaide Hills. The Sticky Rice Cooking School and Villas offers an exclusive Japanese Escape Package which is a combination of Japanese themed accommodation and the Essential Japanese cooking class.

The cooking class is a great place to start your virtual journey and is taught by esteemed Japanese chef, Yukiko Anschutz, who originates from Osaka and whose career includes having worked in SA’s most prestigious Japanese restaurant, Shiki.

Upon entering the cooking school kitchen, you are immediately transported to Asia. Your senses are awakened by the peppery aromas of toasted spice, the warmth of the saffron and ruby wall colour and the spiritual welcome which emanates from the Buddha statues. The smiley staff give off an aura of genuine hospitality and the buzz in the room is infectious, as anticipation starts to build before the class.

The cooking class menu is hand-crafted by Yukiko to create a cohesive cooking and dining experience that reflects both traditional and modern Japanese cuisine. Through this, many skills will be taught but rather than feeling intimidated by this challenge, Yukiko’s warm bubbly nature immediately sets you at ease.  It also helps when she tells us, “this is not the MasterChef kitchen and there will be no eliminations during class!”

what really makes this experience outstanding is the chef Yuki. She is enthusiastic, cheerful and quite funny. Her passion not only for the quality of the food but also for the enjoyment of the attendees is obvious.”

 

Full article here

 


Packages

Packages

To book or inquire about any of our packages please call the office on 8339 1314 or submit your email enquiry here or book online (online bookings subject to availability in cooking classes but to can check before you submit your booking by clicking into the cooking class calendar to check availability and class times)

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#1 Short Cook and Stay Package- $685 per couple
is a perfect combination to join a group cooking class which coincides with a stay in one of the villas.

Our class timetable has classes all year round and can be viewed in advance, making it easy to find the perfect date for booking this package.

1 night Villa Accommodation in King Suite. Your choice of Villa
Cooking Class for 2 people during stay. Check our calendar for choices

Lunch or Dinner included as part of your cooking class.
Breakfast provisions for 2 people.
Bottle of Wine and pillow chocs on arrival.
Gift Bag including a Sticky Rice Apron and recipes to take home.

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#2 Weekend Cook and Stay Package- $1040 per couple

is a perfect combination to join a group cooking class which coincides with a stay in one of the villas.

Our class timetable has classes all year round and can be viewed in advance, making it easy to find the perfect date for booking this package.

2 nighta Villa Accommodation in King Suite. Your choice of Villa
Cooking Class for 2 people during stay. Check our calendar for choices.

Lunch or Dinner included as part of your cooking class.
Breakfast provisions for 2 people for both days.
Bottle of Wine and pillow chocs on arrival.
Gift Bag including a Sticky Rice Apron and recipes to take home.

 


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#3 Mid Week Private Master Class and Stay Package-$860 per couple- Available Mon- Friday lunch

1 night Villa Accommodation in King Suite- Your choice of Villa
Private Master Class for 2 people 11.30-2pm during your stay. Have the kitchen and the Chef all to yourselves!

Lunch and paired wines as part of your cooking class.
Bottle of Wine on arrival.
Gift Bag including a Sticky Rice Apron to take home.

TO GIFT A PACKAGE VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP AND WE CAN EMAIL YOU THE VOUCHER OR YOU CAN PICK ONE UP.


#4 Mid Week Private Cooking Class for 2 Available Mon- Friday lunch $650

Private Cooking Class for 2  people during the day with lunch included.

Have the kitchen and the Chef all to yourselves!

Choose your own menu from our extensive range of cuisines.

Lunch and paired wines as part of your cooking class.

Sticky Rice Aprons and recipes to take home.

Extra people in class $140pp

Bookings essential 8339 1314

#6 Private Group Cooking Class- from $1375

Get your own group together for an exclusive cooking journey with a top profesional chef.

Min cost allows up to 10 people and extra people can be added up to 30 ( Extra people $140pp)

Full hands on class for 4 hours

Including dining and wine

Recipes to take home.

 

#7 Bride and Groom Package- Weekend stay $1480

3 Night Villa Stay in King Suite
Join a Cooking Class during your stay
Cooked Breakfast provisions for 2 people each morning
Bottle of Sparkling wine on arrival

Rose Petal bed on arrival
Gourmet Cheese Platter
Handmade Chocolates

TO GIFT A PACKAGE VISIT OUR ONLINE SHOP AND WE CAN EMAIL YOU THE VOUCHER OR YOU CAN PICK ONE UP.

#7 Private Chef Package- $860

Available mid week Mon-Thursday am or pm

1 Night Villa Stay in King Suite 2 people.
Private Cooking Class daytime or evening or sit back and watch as the Private Chef cooks for you.
Lunch or Dinner and matching wines as part of your class/meal

Sticky Rice Gift Bag and Aprons to take home

Choice of 3 course menu.

 

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2021 Menus

Check out our new menu for 2021!


Mexican Food Fiesta

This is the real deal with Chef Genevieve Harris where you learn how to make your own tacos using traditional corn flour and your own Queso fresco cheese.

And what a banquet of dishes including that delicious Mexican Milk Cake .

Lets get cooking! Class 30th Jan 2021 now open. Repeat classes in the calendar.

To see our full list of hands on cooking classes click here.

 
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This is a 1/ 2 day experience. A very ‘hands-on’ cooking class where you will make the following dishes then sit down to enjoy the food fiesta with lovely local wines and beer!

Class time 10am-2pm- $165pp

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Grilled corn seasoned with chilli and cayenne, drizzled with mayonnaise and queso fresco. Queso fresco is a fresh cheese, made in the class, using a blend of cow and goat milk, set with vinegar or lemon/lime juice and served creamy or pressed into a firmer cheese.

Prawn and tequila ceviche SA king prawns ‘cooked’ in tequila and lime juice served with avocado, cucumber, and tomato salsa.

Corn tortillas and taco shells Make your own tortillas and taco shells using traditional masa harina corn flour.

Chicken fajita- Marinated and then charred chicken, capsicums, and onion served in freshly cooked corn tortillas.

Beef mole- Minced beef cooked with tomatoes, spices and finished with dark chocolate to add rich slightly bitter under notes, served in crisp tacos.

Red cabbage and pickled jalapeno chilli slaw.

Dessert- Mexican milk cake – A light sponge cake soaked in a syrup made from condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream.

Bookings for this class 30th Jan Here

View over 200 other cooking classes in the full calendar  here.


Adelaide Hills Essential Visitors Guide

Adelaide Hills- The Essential Visitors Guide for getting the most out of your visit day by day.

 

 

 

Chose the day trip itinerarys that appeals to you most and use it to plan your days. Linger Longer and see it all.

We have mapped out, in order ,the easiest routes for a full day trip but you can pick and choose what you do.

Each Day we have explored a different direction of the Hills for you and picked out the ‘must do’ hot spots to save you travel time.

Each Day trip is colour coordinated to make it easy to find and each day consists of a balance of breakfast, lunch and dinner recomendations, wine tasting, activities, nature experiences and coffee stops.

Each icon below will take you to the Google map view to find out essential information such as directions and opening times, bookings.

Or you can request google access to the fully interactional Sticky Rice Map here.

This is your essential guide for getting the very best out of every day in the Hills. Enjoy!

 

  Adelaide Hills Day 1 

 Stirling, Botanic Gardens, Wine and Chocolate

 Dinner tonight is fabulous Japanese cuisine only 5 mins from the Villas

  Yuki in the Hills

 

  Adelaide Hills Day 2 

Cycling, Cheese, Wine and Gin

  Adelaide Hills Day 3

Wine, Cheese, Beer and Guided Tours

 

 

Here are some other articles


Adelaide Hills travel guide: One place you must visit in SA

With South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall announcing the state’s borders will open to the rest of country from next month, it’s time to check out what to see, where to stay and what to do in the state that’s home to the City of Churches.

But if you’re after an escape from city life, there’s really only one place to log into your GPS.

Just 25 minutes out of the Adelaide CBD is the Adelaide Hills where the hardest thing you’ll have to do is decide where to start and what you can fit in, so here’s a beginner’s guide to the region.

Where to start

I always like to start at the top – Mount Lofty Summit.

Here you can see Adelaide stretch out before you – all the way to the coast.

Where to stay

If the thought of combining Zen-like , Balinese or Japanese style accommodation with a cooking classes has you dreaming, try Sticky Rice in Stirling for a unique holiday experience.

Zen Villa At Sticky Rice
Bali Villa Bath at Sticky Rice
Yoko the Japanese inspired Villa at Sticky Rice

Beautiful Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills.

Beautiful Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Source:istock

For caravan, camping or luxury lakeside cabins, award-winning Hahndorf Resort is the go, offering modern accommodation, plenty of caravan and camping sites and even a restaurant on-site – all within the picturesque township of Hahndorf.

If you’re really wanting to get off-grid, and perhaps share a room with just yourself or your partner, book yourself into tiny homes and getting away from it all. CABN offer a string of tiny off-grid homes, perfect for a wine weekend in the hills.

RELATED: How Australia’s favourite celebrities will be holidaying this year

No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.

No trip to the Adelaide Hills is complete without a stop in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

During winter, getting cosy anywhere in front of a fire goes without question. But if you’re wanting to cuddle up to something other than your partner – head to Cleland Wildlife Park or Gorge Wildlife Park to meet some of the cute local koalas.

Where to stroll

The beauty of the Adelaide Hills is the ever changing food and wine scene. But between meals – and trust me, there will be a lot of them – there’s plenty of places to stretch your legs and work off lunch.

Start at Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, which offers a hillside amble through 97ha of manicured, rare and cool-climate plants. Entry is free as are guided walks every Thursday. You can set the pace with a leisurely walk around the lake or a strenuous hilly hike.

Stay and stroll around the magnificent Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

Stay and stroll around the magnificent Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.Source:Supplied

If you’re really keen … and I mean really keen … hike from Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty. Past First and Second Falls, there is a 3.9km serious uphill trek to the top. Thankfully, there is coffee at the summit and the views are some of the best in the region.

For something a little less strenuous, Hahndorf offers great walking tours that make for a great jaunt around town. If you’re feeling peckish, try the food and footwork combo with the Strudel and Stroll tour. Learn how to make strudel then, while it’s baking, walk the town with Sharon Pippos learning about its German history along the way.

Coffee anyone?

If you’re a coffee fan, you’re in luck because I haven’t found a bad cup anywhere in the Hills.

For a midmorning hit, drop into Red Cacao in Stirling where it’s all about their award-winning artisan chocolate, coffee and indulgent desserts. When you get to have them all at the same time … bonus!

The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.

The one stop you will want to make in Adelaide is to the coffee and chocolate institution, Red Cacao.Source:Instagram

Big ticks for Woodside Providore, which is open seven days and late on weekends, and if you’re into cold drip coffee – drop into Nairne’s Pallet Cafe, located in one of the friendliest towns in the Hills

Time for a real drink?

Away from the vineyards and cellar doors, each Hills village has its own pub … and they all have something different to offer.

The Hahndorf Inn has the full-on German feast and beer fest. Big platters of roast meat, traditional kranskies, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes with beer tasting paddles. You’ll want to loosen your belt.

A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

A platter at Pike and Joyce winery is the perfect afternoon treat while visiting Lenswood in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.Source:Supplied

Stop at Balhannah Hotel for a pint on the Onkaparinga Scenic Drive between Verdun and Oakbank.

For a modern twist on German heritage, try The Haus in Hahndorf, or if you’re looking for a bit of local heritage – try The Crafers Hotel, which is one of Adelaide’s first pubs (established 1839) and its fridges are full of fun craft beer.

For beer, gin and cider lovers, Lot 100 in Hay Valley ticks multiple boxes in the one stop. Taste five locals in a really cool atmosphere: Hills Cider Co, Mismatch Brewing, Vinteloper, Adelaide Hills Distillery (78 Degrees Gin), and Ashton Valley Fresh “not just juice”.

Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.

Lobethal Bierhaus is in the old woollen mill and has the perfect mix of boutique beer and buffalo wings.Source:Supplied

For a beer that’s “untamed and unfiltered”, saddle up for a rustic, eclectic experience at Prancing Pony in Mt Barker. If you’re after a snack with you schooner, the Lobethal Bierhaus is where it’s at with an award-winning mix of boutique beers and buffalo wings. Say no more.

You can’t go past Unico Zelo Wine and Applewood Distillery in Gumeracha without stopping in for an afternoon drink. All gins are handmade in an old industrial cold store built in the 1920s. Fun and funky.

And while you’re in Gumeracha, don’t forget the kids. You can’t miss (literally) the Big Rocking Horse (thetoyfactory.com.au).

Food glorious food

For the sweet tooth, head to the Paech family’s Beerenberg farm in summer where you can pick your own strawberries. In winter, you won’t be disappointed. Instead of picking fruit from the vine, you’ll be able to stock up on all sorts of chutneys, pickles, sauces and jams made from local produce.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.

The Hahndorf Inn hotdogs cannot be missed.Source:Supplied

You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.

You’ll want to loosen your belt in Hahndorf.Source:Supplied

For cheese and chocolate fans, try before you buy at Udder Delights in the main street of Hahndorf and at Kris Lloyd’s Woodside Cheese Wrights where cheesemaking classes, cheese fondues or cheesy high teas are all on the cards.

Right next door to Woodside Cheese Wrights is a family favourite – Melba’s Chocolates.

At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism Commission

At certain times of the year, fruit orchards around the Adelaide Hills offer DIY picking Picture: Ian Routledge, South Australian Tourism CommissionSource:Supplied

Melba’s is a working chocolate and confectionary factory and hidden among the shelves and shelves of delicious things to buy, are free samples. It’s also where you’ll find the best hot chocolate made from the dark, milk and white chocolate on tap.

The ultimate wine trail

It’s why you’ve come to the Hills. If you’re a fan of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, cool-climate shiraz, gruner veltliner, bone-dry rieslings and some of the best sparklings you will find – you’ve come to the right part of Australia.

With more than 90 wine labels and 50 cellar doors in this cool-climate region, the choice is hard, but here are a few favourites that are now open and are perfect stops during the wintry weather.

Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South Australia

Stop in at Pike & Joyce winery in Lenswood, South AustraliaSource:Supplied

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard – all vines are hand-pruned and grapes are hand-picked at this winery, and the attention to detail shows in every bottle. Tastings are served in a rustic setting among steep sloping vines and stunning panoramic views across the Hills. Oh, and did I mention there’s an open log fireplace?

The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, Serio

The Adelaide Hills will be open for domestic travel from July 20. Picture: Isaac Forman, SerioSource:Supplied

Hahndorf Hill Winery is famous for gruner veltliner labels and the delightful Choco Vino – chocolate and wine pairing. So this spot for me is a match made in heaven.

Stop in at Longview Vineyard which sits among 65ha of rolling hills, vines and sweeping views just outside Macclesfield. Reminiscent of classic, old-world estates but with modern style, it is one of the most awarded wine producers in the region.

Other highlights to mention include Golding Wines, Anderson Hill, Karrawatta, Tapanappa, Pike & Joyce Wines and Petaluma.

 

Original written by Carolyne Jasinski

news.com.auJune 18, 20208:10am

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