Today's post came to be as a result of an enquiry on my Foodie Quine by Claire Jessiman Facebook Page from someone looking for recommendations of foodie experiences in and around Aberdeen that could be suitable as Christmas gifts. Some immediately sprung to mind as I've has the pleasure of sampling them myself and I did a wee bit of research to find others. Please do let me know of any that I've missed and be sure to drop not so subtle hints to your nearest and dearest as to which ones you'd like to find Gift Vouchers for under the tree on December 25th. Also check out my Where to Eat in Aberdeen #EatLocal guide for details of 100+ Independent Cafe's and Restaurants currently operating in Aberdeen City. I'm sure the vast majority would be more than happy to sell you a gift voucher.
The Bread Maker
50/52 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen
£100, 10am - 3pm, max 6 in a class, everything you make you take home
The bread maker situated in the heart of the city offers a very unique course taking participants through the bread making process.
The course covers every aspect of bread making from scratch, including hand mixing, proving, finishing and firing. Breads covered are un-yeasted breads, various whites, wholemeal, ciabatta, foccacia and pizzas.
614 Holburn Street, Aberdeen,
£75 Barista School
The ultimate treat for the coffee lover in your life! A great experience in our Coffee School with one of our Barista trainers. Come and learn how to make your favourite coffee perfectly! Leave with an official Coffee school Barista apron and a sample of beans roasted here for you on the day.
24/28 Belmont Street, Aberdeen
£38.50 Chocolate Making Workshop
On the workshop you will have the opportunity to taste our chocolate before having a go at making your own chocolate bars and truffles with guidance from one of our experienced chocolatiers. The best part is, of course, taking home everything you make and sampling your creations.
Voucher's have a 1 year expiry and can be purchased by calling 01224467212 or in our shop.
Butchery Experience - half day £65 whole day £115
Wark Farm is offering vouchers for half and whole butchery and meat cookery days, giving you the opportunity to test your knife skills, learn more about how to cook different cuts and find out what's involved in rearing organic sheep and cattle.
Eat On The Green
Udny Green, Ellon
Chef for the day - half day £100 - includes a light lunch, full day £200 and includes a 4 course dinner
Offering a unique experience for people of all cookery skills and abilities the Chef for a Day package gives you the opportunity for some one-to-one tuition and the chance to experience the buzz and excitement of a busy professional kitchen; learning new skills and techniques, whilst producing mouth-watering dishes which can be re-created at home. The day starts with a chat with Craig Wilson, owner/proprietor, following this you will meet with the kitchen brigade and then will be put to work helping to prepare for the busy lunch and dinner services.
Butchery Course - £60
The Store’s Butchery Course is the perfect stocking filler for those looking to gain an enjoyable new skill. After receiving demonstrations and guidance from our master butcher, Grant, meat-lovers can then try out the traditional butchery process for themselves. The half-day course also includes breakfast and lunch at The Store.
Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O'Neil, Aboyne
Group courses start at £75 and include a delicious lunch. Private lessons are tailored to your own foodie interests and tastes, and prices start from £150 plus ingredients.
Louisa and Rupert were teachers at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London before moving up to Aberdeenshire in 2015. They currently run Kincardine Cookery, a private catering company, that also offers cookery teaching. They run regular courses throughout the year at Kincardine Castle and can provide private lessons for individuals or small groups in your own home. Courses cover everything from how to chop an onion to advanced pastry, bread and butchery skills.
Raw by Design
New Byth, Turriff
Vegan/vegetarian and plant-based cooking classes from £99
Union Square, Aberdeen
Learn to cook Tasty Thai at Thaikhun - £60 per head
Our Cookery and Cocktail classes run every Sunday to Thursday 2-4.30pm, and Sunday 7pm to 9.30pm, and can hold up to maximum 15 people.
Course includes - One cocktail (Coconut Mojito) One starter (Tom Yum chicken soup) One Main course (Chicken Phad Thai noodles) Recipe cards, A goodie bag with discount cards, herbs and spices and some Thaikhun goodies.
Nick Nairn Cookschool
15 Back Wynd, Aberdeen
Gift Cards from £59
Cooking Class Gift Cards - The ultimate foodie Christmas gift and our number 1 best-sellers. Nick's TV career spans two decades and it shows in every class. The lucky recipient chooses the location, the class and the date - we promise they'll still be talking about it...forever. Put some celebrity sparkle in their stocking!
Cook at the Nook
CFINE, 2 Poynernook Rd, Aberdeen
Classes coming soon to Cook at the Nook Community Training Kitchen.