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Lifestyle : Rest and Relaxation 12
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Price based on an Oceanis 323 01 Mar - 07 Apr 12. Prices start FROM ONLY $46 per person, per day* 70% Water 100% Fun! AG4851433AA-260212 Get up close and seasonal Cottage industries are luring city folk to the country with cooking classes and food tours, writes Sarah Thomas. Great outdoors . . . Flavours of the Valley is just one of many enterprises showcasing regional produce. WHEN Toni Moran was seeking a career change after 25 years of teaching, she needed to look no further than the bounty of produce in her area. In Kangaroo Valley, the declining dairy industry has given way to a new breed of small businesses making the most of what the land has to offer. Now vineyards, olive groves and cottage industries have sprung up and Moran, with her husband, Rob, runs Flavours of the Valley, which takes visitors on food and wine trails and offers cooking classes that use local produce. ''It wasn't until I started researching my tour that I realised how much we had hidden in the hills,'' she says. ''Most people come to Kangaroo Valley and drive through the main street, stop at the pie shop for a pie, go to the pub for a beer and then keep going. I don't think people realise what's here. ''We take people to all four corners of the valley and they're like 'Wow, we didn't know about this.' It's just a great, fun day. People love to support local farmers and go to the farm gate and talk to the man or woman on the ground and talk to them about what they are doing and then buy the produce as well.'' Flavours of the Valley has been running for a year and offers full- day tours, which cost $120, and cooking classes with Spanish, Italian or Moroccan themes. See flavoursofthevalley.com.au. Olive farm opens gate Foodscapes Tours also runs trips to Kangaroo Valley, as well as destinations along the south coast. The company is running a special olive-themed day on April 14 that will take in an olive producer in Kangaroo Valley, where guests will be able to harvest the fruit and learn all about a working olive farm. The director of Foodscapes, Jacqueline Weiley, says events like this and its standard south coast day tour allow people to explore the area at a gentle pace. ''It's all about showcasing regional, local produce and artisan foodmakers and meeting the people behind it,'' Weiley says. ''There are so many passionate people who are going back to something done many ages ago or drawing on old family recipes or traditions and wanting to return to that.'' The olive day costs $110 and standard tours are $135. See foodscapetours.com.au. Class starts in garden The luxury Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is offering a very literal hands-on experience in encouraging guests to get into the property's kitchen garden in new cooking classes run by its head chef, Cameron Cansdell. In forthcoming classes, which take place once a month, guests will focus on seasonal produce, such as tomatoes, zucchini, rainbow chard and purple fringe cabbages. ''It's all about the experience of being here on site and learning about the kitchen garden and getting their hands dirty,'' Bells' sales manager, Deborah Ramsay, says. ''They go down to the garden and pick out what they need and cook it as a team and then all sit down and enjoy it with the chefs.'' Classes cost $150, including wine pairings at lunch. See bellsatkillcare.com.au. Cook at the markets Another company that pairs produce and cooking is Blue Bowl Brown Sugar, which has ''Market to Table'' cooking classes running at Bowral Food Markets on the second Saturday of each month. Company owner and chef Patricia Phillips says guests meet producers at the markets who cover a range of products, including raspberries, meats and smoked goods. Guests then cook the produce and enjoy a meal with local wines. ''A lot of people come from Sydney,'' Phillips says. ''They love coming to the area and seeing stuff, the activity [of cooking a meal]. It's not just coming to the shops and buying trinkets, they are taking away an experience. It is something they will remember.'' The ''Market to Table'' classes cost $185. See bluebowl.com.au. Rest and relaxation SPECIAL REPORT THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2012 27
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