Cooking Classes FAQ
What Happens if I need to cancel my booking:
Our Cooking Classes are small, so unfortunately, we are unable to offer refunds. Please contact us if you need to cancel and we will do our best to fill your spot from the waiting list. If we are able to fill your spot, we will happily re-book you for another class or a later date. We would also encourage you to offer your place to a friend! We will do whatever we can to make things work for you, although more notice is better than less.
Where are you located?
Within the Yarra Valley Estate property at 2164 Melba Hwy, Dixons Creek, Vic 3775. Once you arrive, you will see the signs directing you to the Edible Forest & Harvest Hub. Look for the Edible Forest Logo along the driveway edge.
How can I get to you?
Driving is best, although we do have an airstrip and helicopter pad! Seriously though, there is no public transport and taxis are not always reliable in the Yarra Valley so I’d recommend you drive and enjoy the scenery on your way to us.
Can I stay?
Yes, we do offer self-contained accommodation at Yarra Valley Estate. A perfect way to make a ‘weekend experience’ is to stay the night before or after your cooking class. Please enquire with us for availability and prices.
How many people are in the class?
Our classes require a minimum class size of 8 people and we comfortably accept a maximum of 20 participants. *Please note; Edible Forest/ Harvest Hub reserves the right to reschedule all bookings if the class does not reach the minimum required.
What is the class format?
In our Cooking Classes, the 20 participants are standing around 5 benches (4 people at each) with the chef demonstrating at the kitchen workbench placed at the end. In this intimate environment, the chef will take you through in detail, the preparation of each of the recipes, breaking down the essential techniques and teaching you about the ingredients used and where to source them. All the food created is served to the participants so you can understand, and discuss with the chef, how the techniques and ingredients have contributed to the elements of the final dish. Our classes are a part demonstration, part hands-on format.
Do I get to eat the food?
All food that is made in the class is taken home for the participants to enjoy
What if I have dietary requirements?
We are happy to advise the chef if you have any dietary requirements however we cannot guarantee that the chef will be able to cater for these changes. In some cases, it may be easy for the chef to create a separate serving without a particular ingredient, however if the ingredient is integral to the recipe (e.g. dairy in a pannacotta) it may be that no alternative can be offered, and you will have to elect to not eat that particular dish. If this is the case our chefs will be more than happy to offer advice and suggestions for creating the dish at home using alternative ingredients.
Can I send someone else in my place?
Yes, you can send someone else in your place if you cannot attend, please provide at least 3 days’ notice.
What if I can no longer attend the class?
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions here
When will the new class schedule be up?
Our classes are released every 2 months.
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How do I book and pay for a cooking class?
All cooking class bookings can be made, with ease, via our website. Payment is due when booking is made. In the unlikely event you strike some difficulty when booking your place, please don’t hesitate to call or Contact Us regarding your booking request and we will gladly assist you. PayPal, Cash, Cheque, Credit card (excluding Diners) are all accepted. Credit card is accepted. For group Corporate bookings, a 2% surcharge is added to Invoice totals paid by credit card.
How do I know if my place in the class is confirmed?
All reservations are deemed confirmed once payment is received in full. You will also receive a confirmation email. Class reservations must be paid for at the time of booking your place. Reminder emails are also sent out to the person who booked the class 3 days prior to the event.
Can I bring a friend to watch?
Sorry but no. Only confirmed guests that have paid for a place in a class may attend. You are most welcome to come with a friend or partner with you however they will need to register and pay for their place in the class.
How do I redeem a gift voucher?
Gift vouchers can be redeemed via our website. Simply enter the gift voucher number in the coupon field of the shopping cart. If you have any difficulty at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance. It is the Edible Forest & Harvest Hub’s policy to accept Gift Vouchers on or before the expiry date and not beyond it. The class needs to be taken within the 12 months of the voucher expiration date.
How do I purchase a gift voucher?
Gift vouchers are available for purchase via the link on our website. In the unlikely event you strike some difficulty when purchasing a gift voucher, please don’t hesitate to call or e-mail us (during standard business hours) and we will gladly assist you. Gift vouchers can also be purchased in store, via telephone and during our cooking classes. Please note that gift vouchers cannot be used to purchase further gift vouchers.
Do you provide recipes to take home?
Yes, we most certainly do.
Do I need to bring anything to a class?
No need as aprons, pens, ingredients and all utensils are provided. There is no need for you to bring anything.
Can I bring a camera to the class?
You are welcome to bring a camera however video is not permitted. We request that you use discretion and consider other participants privacy if taking photographs. The Edible Forest & Harvest Hub reserves the right to revoke this permission at any time during a class, without notice and at its sole discretion. We welcome you tagging #harvesthub @harvesthub when posting to social media.
Do you teach children’s cooking classes?
Yes, we do and we absolutely love to! Unless otherwise committed, we run select cooking classes for children and teens every school holidays and on occasion, once or twice during the term. Check our calendar for more details.
Do you have a mailing list?
We sure do and this is a great way to be kept up to date about new classes, special events, recipes and much more. You can sign up for our newsletter on the website home page.
Do you have a FaceBook page and Instagram account?
We sure do and we have a lot of fun over there so jump on over and click ‘Like’ if you’d be so kind. We love the posts and feedback we get and it’s a great way for us to keep you up to date with all the ‘going’s on’, foodie snaps, special events, competitions and much more.
Again, sure do. This is a very special place where recipes, experiences and stories are shared. You can reach the Blog here or via the link on the menu bar of the Edible Forest website.
Do you hold Private cooking classes, Corporate events, Hen’s parties, Birthday parties, Christmas cooking classes and the likes?
Of course! Please visit the relevant link/s on the menu bar of the Edible Forest website for more details or Contact us and we will create an event to remember.
Have we answered all of your questions?
Still, have a question? Please Contact us and we will gladly assist.