Cook, craft and cocktail your way to happiness at home with these virtual masterclasses!
There’s no greater feeling than making something yourself. And it’s truly extraordinary when surrounded by distant friends, family or even random strangers who are all doing the same thing – that’s the beauty of a virtual masterclass!
Not only do you learn something new, but you also get to experience it in a vibrant social setting, which is necessary right now. Show off your cooking skills to friends, master your brush strokes with family, or knock back a few of your own homemade cocktails with fellow strangers.
Virtual masterclasses are doubly amazing for those with friends and family living interstate. Instead of yarning away on another weekly phone call or video chat, you can spice up your connection by learning something together. If that sounds amazing, it’s because it is!
Tip: If a masterclass doesn’t send kits to certain states or territories, deliver it to your place and then re-send via Australia Post.
Most of these masterclasses can be found on ClassBento, Australia’s leading masterclass platform, but some are rather unique and are not so easily found.
With that said, here are the 15 best cooking, crafting, and cocktail virtual masterclasses around Australia for 2021!
Australia’s Best Virtual Virtual Cooking Masterclasses
Making Homemade Gnocchi
Wanting to add a new recipe to your cookbook? Then check out this homemade gnocchi masterclass! It’s an easy-to-follow virtual class that is perfect for beginners, sharing the art of combining flour and potatoes to make fluffy and soft pillows of deliciousness. And, like all good gnocchi, the accompanying sauce is just as important – thankfully this class shares vegetarian mixes to match. Finally, you’ll learn how to store your gnocchi for future use.
Cheesemaking with Omnom
Cheesemaking guru and founder of Omnom, Marly Badia, is bringing a virtual masterclass for fromage fanatics. With over 10 years of cheesemaking experience, Marly will bring you all the necessary insights into creating cheese – from halloumi to feta, and all across the Mediterranean. Each of her classes will show you how to select the right ingredients and run you through a step-by-step guide to whipping up a truly gorgeous cheese at home.
Cooking Authentic Indian
Do you enjoy Indian cuisine, so much so that you wonder what goes into each dish? Well Indian food expert, cook and writer Bhavna Kalra has all the answers. In her regular two-and-a-half-hour virtual Indian masterclass, Bhavna will run you through the history of four popular Indian dishes, learn about the spices that make Indian food authentic and discover insightful cooking techniques. And the best part? You get to eat it all when you’re done!
Homely Chocolate Tempering
Impress your friends, family, and possibly work colleagues with this highly divine chocolate-making virtual masterclass. Thanks to the Australian Patisserie Academy, you can learn how to temper different types of chocolate into all sorts of delectable designs. Think almond rochers and plain and simple chocolate bars. And once you’ve mastered the skills, you’ll be the life of any party by making and bringing your own homemade chocolate creations to any future event.
Handmade Chinese Dumplings
They look like simple little niblets, but there is an art behind making great Chinese dumplings. From rolling the wrapper to creating the best filling you’ve ever tasted, and even the tricks behind cooking it perfectly. We get it, dumplings can be tricky to master, but fear not, kitchen warrior, OATO Kitchen will have you pinching your way to canape glory. Not only will it be a new recipe to add to your weekly eating, but it’s the perfect hors d’oeuvre for your next house party.
Australia’s Best Virtual Crafting Masterclasses
Pinot & Picasso On-Demand
Most of the virtual masterclasses in this article are pre-planned, or you have to schedule them on specific dates. But at Pinot & Picasso, you can participate in their at-home masterclass whenever you want thanks to their pre-recorded painting sessions. Simply round up a few friends, order a Pinot & Picasso art box, then plan a time you can all get together via your chosen video call service. If you’re stuck on what to use, we’ve got a list of the 9 best free-to-use video call services in Australia.
Sculpt a Human Torso
Having other people’s sculptures showcased in your room is great, but having your own is next level! And why not make it a stunning human torso, which could add that extra level of frivolity to your otherwise beautiful bedroom. Professional sculptor Irina will take you through all the steps to producing a fine torso, with every masterclass hosting an intimate selection of up to five attendees only. They could all easily be your friends and family. Come on, let’s get sculpting!
Creating Candles and Soaps
You could go out and buy your own candles and soaps, but making them yourself is so much better. And thanks to The Candle Warehouse Australia, you can learn all the tricks to making beautiful candles and soaps that smell lush and look divine. Whether that be pillar candles, tealights, or stunning melt and pour soaps, it’s the perfect way to share a virtual afternoon with friends and family, leaving you with a refreshing aroma in your home.
Make Your Own Dreamcatcher
If you suffer from bad dreams or you’re needing a good distraction to help de-stress, why not make yourself a dreamcatcher? In fact, this particular virtual class focuses on mindfulness and letting go of your anxieties. Exactly what most of us need right now! As well as learning how to attach objects to your dreamcatcher – including a selection of crystals – you’ll learn to be at one with yourself and your friends.
Watercolour Painting For Beginners
Painting with normal acrylic paint is one thing, but painting with watercolours is far more difficult. The slippery consistency could prove hard to master, not to mention the wild colour schemes. But don’t fret! There’s a virtual masterclass for novice watercolour painters, and it offers clever hacks that give you results fast. Master the art with a group of strangers or bring along your friends and family for a wonderful catchup all whilst learning a new skill.
Australia’s Best Virtual Cocktail Masterclasses
Gin and Whisky Cocktail Masterclasses
Cocktail Porter is a leading cocktail service in Australia. Prior to the pandemic, you could hire one of their bartenders to shake up for an upcoming party. And since the pandemic, they have gone virtual, sharing both a gin and a whisky cocktail masterclass for six or more guests. They showcase a Gin Spritz & Sour Masterclass and a Whisky Highball & Sour Masterclass, designed to develop your cocktail-making skills. And if you’re lacking bar essentials, you can stock up on everything you need from Cocktail Porter as well.
Cocktail Making and Quiz
Guided by a passionate bartender named Hamilton, you’ll learn plenty of cocktail-making tips and tricks. Master a margarita, top-up a vodka martini, and swirl together a worthy negroni using their perfectly packaged cocktail kits. And, as well as making great cocktails, you’ll get to take part in a fun quiz about the aromas in your kit. This is a great way to shake up your regular chats with friends and family, but you can also join in with fellow random strangers, which is just as much fun.
Rum Cocktail Masterclass
Gain a taste of the Caribbean with this virtual rum cocktail masterclass. Hosted by experienced bartender Clinton Weir, this masterclass runs you through four rum-inspired cocktails – Vanilla Pina Colada, Mojito, Strawberry Daiquiri and Espresso Martini. You can use your own cocktail tools at home or order a kit when making your booking. For this masterclass, bring your favourite bottle of rum, as well as a list of ingredients that you can buy at your local grocer (list emailed to you before your class).
Vodka Cocktail Masterclass
Vodka is a safe drink for many of us who have a very rational fear of tequila. And thanks to this vodka cocktail masterclass by ClassBento, you’ll love the clear spirit even more! Become a master of four vodka cocktails – Vodka Colada, Espresso Martini, Caipirovska and Passion Spritz – hosted by experienced bartender Clinton Weir. All you need to buy is your favourite bottle of vodka, along with the necessary ingredients (list mailed to you) and general bar equipment.
Whisky Cocktail Masterclass
The experienced bartender, Clinton Weir, also hosts a whisky cocktail masterclass for all you whisky fans out there. Pinch your cheeks with a Whisky Sour, get groovy with an Old Fashioned, douse your body with a Penicillin, and get sweet with a Mint Julep. You’ll think you’ve headed straight to Kentucky! As with the last two cocktail masterclasses, you will need to bring your own favourite bottle of whisky, along with the necessary ingredients and general bar equipment.
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