Love food and drink, there are a selection of workshops in Test Valley where you can have a hands on approach to learning new skills.
The River Test creates the perfect conditions for distilling gin. At Bombay Sapphire you can do a guided tour to hear more about the history of this award-winning distillery, learn how to create the perfect gin cocktail and improve your bartending skills in an interactive cocktail mixology masterclass, join an in-depth dive into two Bombay Infusion Gins – Bombay Bramble and Bombay Citron Presse - and discover what makes them unique and how to enjoy them in cocktails or learn for yourself how to make Bombay Sapphire’s exquisite sundowner cocktails. Immerse yourself in our aromatic Special Edition Gin, Bombay Sapphire Sunset. Become an expert home mixologist and learn the techniques to make exquisite sundowner cocktails. Gin Distillery Tours & Experiences| Bombay Sapphire Distillery
At 108 Bakery in Romsey you can improve your baking skills by joining in one of their workshops. Try your hand at sourdough making where you’ll learn the skills needed to confidently bake your own bread. Or perhaps try a Viennoiserie workshop to learn how to make croissants, pain au chocolat, Danish pastries and cruffins. Seasonal cooking demonstrations are also on offer, using the best of local produce. Find out more.
Why not do something different and join an Autumn Foraging Walk at Hillier Gardens with a former chef? He will take you on a guided walk which identifies edible plants and herbs and provide you with a real eye opener to seasonal edible and medicinal plants that can be easily discovered. Learn some useful cooking and preserving tips too. Try some samples of the delights produced from items harvested from the Gardens. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens
Learn to make your own delicious chocolates with professional chocolatiers from Chocolate Craft in time for Christmas at Hillier Gardens. You’ll use a fine range of ingredients to create luxury chocolates. There’ll be tastings, too of course! https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens
If you’re interested in home curing and love food, why not treat yourself or a loved one to an exciting half day’s introduction to charcuterie at The Charcuterie at Parsonage Farm near Andover. You’ll be taken on a journey from butchery to the processes needed to cure your own delicious meats and salami. Be inventive! With tasters along the way and a light lunch included at the Charcuterie’s owners, the Crown Inn at Upton next door you’ve got the perfect foodie learning experience! Charcuterie | The Charcuterie at Parsonage Farm | Upton (parsonagefarmcharcuterie.com)
The Black Chalk Estate lies on the banks of the River Test in Hampshire, making it a beautiful location to visit and taste some of England’s finest wines. They offer vineyard tours with the resident expert. You will then be treated to a relaxed tasting of our current range of wines in The Tasting Room. The vineyard tours run all year round, from Thursday to Sunday at 11am. Find out more.