For all the cooking aficionados out there who have wanted to go the extra mile in the kitchen and learn how to create things like pasta, cheese or salami from scratch, Collingwood's Craft & Co is a must-visit.
With a micro-brewery, distillery, winery, coffee roaster, and cheese and meat rooms under the one roof, there's a range of different classes and something for everyone. And if you don't like to cook, eating is most definitely an option, with an eatery, cafe, bar and store also present on site. Classes run for approximately three hours and take place in the evening; check their website for the class scheduling and bookings.
After perusing the various classes on offer, I decided to attend one of their pasta making sessions. The class kicked off with a pasta and gnocchi dough prepping demo (hard copies of recipes and notes were provided) before the real fun kicked in and attendees got the chance to roll out the dough and create different pasta shapes. And best of all? We were able to eat the fruits of our labour, which were teamed with a delicious and highly complementary assortment of sauces. The airy light ricotta gnocchi paired with a fragrant and sweet eggplant ragu was an absolute stand out.
The Craft & Co's philosophy is simple: Eat. Drink. Make. Learn. Shop. I believe there's a sixth addition to add to that list and most important of all: Have a blast, and on that front they certainly also delivered. Be sure to check out their website for more details and bookings!
The Craft & Co
390 Smith St,
Collingwood, Victoria, 3066.
(03) 9417 4755
Disclosure: I attended the pasta making class as a guest of The Craft & Co. All opinions expressed in this post are based entirely on my experience and observations made during the time of my visit.