If there’s anyone that needs to go to cooking school, it’s me! I’ve written about having access to all this wonderful Tasmanian produce, and not having much clue about using it. So I was absolutely stoked to be invited by Red Feather Inn to join one of their classes. Of course, I’ll be writing articles and sharing my experience with you too. Here’s all the details… you’ll see why I’m so excited!

Cooking School - Red Feather Inn
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Cooking school? What a perfect opportunity!

Cooking School at Red Feather Inn

In April 2012, foodies will delight at The Red Feather Inn’s exceptional Red Feather Cooking School. The month of April is the ideal time to visit Tasmania and sample some of the best, fresh Tasmanian produce.

Offering two exciting classes, the cooking school will take guests on an exquisite culinary journey to explore the wildlife and master the art of gourmet campfire dining techniques. Exceptional chefs will team up on Saturday 14 April and Saturday 28 April to give visitors a fantastic ‘From Paddock to Plate’ cooking experience which also includes classes, meals, Tasmanian wines and accommodation in the package.

Cooking School - Tasmanian Produce
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Fabulous Tasmanian produce: Red Feather Inn Cooking School

Saturday 14 April: Tasmanian Bush Tucker Experience

An amazing nature and wildlife experience with Tasmanian bush legend, Craig Williams from Pepper Bush Adventures. You will see, feel, smell, taste and hear Tasmania. This afternoon/evening trip focuses on gourmet campfire dining and the antics of the wildlife in Tyne Valley on the side of Ben Lomond. All the ingredients are Tasmanian (which is to say the best there is); the recipes are original and often include native spices or herbs and the combinations of texture and taste are subtle and varied. Naturally, the best Tasmanian wines accompany these dishes, carefully chosen to compliment these culinary creations.

  • Cooking School Class Cost: $395 per person
  • Class & Accommodation Package: $545 per person twin share
  • Duration: 1:00pm to 10:30pm
Cooking School - Red Feather Classroom
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Red Feather Cooking School

Saturday 28 April: Game Day

Master Butcher Craig Williams will demonstrate the art of preparing some of Tasmania’s highly renowned wild game meats such as hare, wallaby and venison. You learn some of his secret bush tucker recipes that you will then get to try for lunch. Head Chef Tanya will then teach you how these same fabulous products are utilised in Australia’s best restaurants.

  • Cooking School Class Cost: $395 per person
  • Class & Accommodation Package: $545 per person twin share
  • Duration: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Red Feather Inn, Hadspen Tasmania

Accommodation for the cooking school can be provided in a package deal. French provincial meets Tasmanian chic at the utterly charming Red Feather Inn, 10 minutes from Launceston.

Cooking School - Historic Convict-Built Sandstone Buildings
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Red Feather Inn, housed in historic convict-built sandstone buildings in Hadspen

The luxury retreat consists of historic convict-built old buildings (one of which was once Tasmania’s first coaching inn) and with its unique surroundings it has been transformed into an endemic Tasmanian heritage treasure. The five stylish suites are beautifully appointed looking over the secluded garden. Combined with the ultimate in modern comforts, the Red Feather Inn is ideal for intimate getaways or very special gatherings.

Head Chef, Tanya White, prides herself on using the best local produce from the local vegetable garden as well as the nearby farm. The exceptional ever changing seasonal menu is complimented by wonderful cool climate Tasmanian wines. Dining at the Red Feather Inn is a culinary delight for the real foodie.

Celebrity guest chefs frequent the cooking school, housed in the converted cottage. Guests can enjoy a full day or a week long lifestyle cooking experience.

Cooking School - Red Feather Inn, Hadspen Tasmania
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Red Feather Inn< Hadspen Tasmania

The beautiful area offers many exciting opportunities to explore the region including; scenic wine routes, world class golfing, bike riding around the magnificent South Esk Rivers edge and highland lake fly fishing.

Alternatively relax alfresco style in the cobbled courtyard or beneath the willow tree with a glass of local pinot in hand. What bliss!

Told you I had good reason to be excited! If you’d like to join me at the cooking school, or just enjoy a stay at the luxury retreat, phone (03) 6393 6506 or email Red Feather Inn.

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