Christmas is the perfect opportunity to sample or give some of Hampshire’s fantastic range of locally made food, drink and craft. But what about the person who is particularly difficult to buy for? Are you looking for a quirky, unusual gift to make a difference this year? Butchery barbequing, fish preparation, sausage making and baking are just some of the skills you can learn at venues across the county. Many offer gift voucher options too. Nancy Judge of Hampshire Fare gives us some ideas of great foodie experiences in the Hampshire region.
Offering fantastic parties for children and adults alike, Cann Do Cakes allow you learn a new skill while having lots of fun (not to mention the wonderful cakes you get to take home).
Find out what it’s like to be a chocolatier with Chocolate Craft. Using fresh Hampshire cream and the finest natural ingredients, make chocolate using traditional artisan methods. Alternatively, Le Salon du Chocolat offers solid chocolate moulding or soft centre and truffles experience days. Both last half a day or they can be combined to make a whole day of pure chocolate indulgence.
Courses for meat lovers
Mastering the art of butchery takes a lifetime of learning. The butchers at Uptons of Bassett have a great deal of fun and are always learning. The dedicated team of skilled staff offer an introduction into their world with a variety of butchery master classes. Parsonage Farm runs workshops and courses on their small working farm in an idyllic part of Hampshire. How about the ‘Proper Sausage and Burger workshop’ or the ‘Butcher and Cook workshop’ for the meat lover in your life?
Newlyns Cookery School offers a wide range of cookery courses. From ‘Butcher It, Cook It, Carve It, Fantastic Fish and Express Dinner Parties to Beginners, Five Day Culinary Life Skills and Four Week Evening Courses, there’s something for all tastes.
The Isle of Wight’s Garlic Farm is the UK’s largest specialist garlic grower. Purchase a ‘Garlic Lovers’ membership for a loved one and they’ll receive tasty garlic products through the post.
The Hampshire Jam & Chutney Company offer ‘Jamming Sessions’ where you can learn how to make some of their award-winning preserves.
Vineyard & Brewery Tours
Wickham Vineyard has been making award winning wines in the Meon Valley since 1984. Free wine tasting is available at the on-site shop and the vineyard offers wine courses and dining experiences.
See what goes in to “beautifully crafted Hampshire ales” at the Andwell Brewing Company. Take a guided tour of the Brewery, sample the floor-malted hand-raked barley, take in the sweet aroma of hops and see the fermentation process by which the finest ingredients are skilfully combined to create a perfect pint
Give someone a real taste of Hampshire and send them a Hampshire Hamper from Dish Deli and Kitchen. Packed full of local juice, chutney, rapeseed oil, biscuits and more the hampers are a real treat and make a change from sending flowers. The hampers come in three sizes and are available for collection or can be posted to any UK address. Visit www.hampshirehampers.co.uk to find out how to order.