All about giving experiences over material gifts? You’ll find something for every kind of foodie in our roundup of South West food and drink experiences
Cheese and wine tasting at Kask, Bristol
Bedminster wine bar, deli and shop Kask hosts monthly tasting nights where guests get the opportunity to sample a selection of delicious wines and top-notch cheeses. The Kask team often invite their suppliers to co-host the events, so attendees get an insight into the winemaking process and expert tasting tips.
Recipient not in Bristol? Sign them up to a virtual tasting and they’ll receive five wines to sample in the post before logging onto the Zoom tasting session.
From £35. Buy it here.
Latte art classes at Origin Coffee Roasters, Cornwall
From their swanky new HQ in Porthleven, the skilled Origin team teach budding baristas how to texture milk to silky perfection and pour spot-on rosettas, tulips and hearts. If Cornwall is a bit of a trek, there’s also the option to do the course at Origin’s London training lab.
From £55. Buy it here.
Baking course at Shipton Mill, Gloucestershire
If you’ve picked up a loaf of sourdough at an indie bakery in the South West, there’s a good chance you’ve tried Shipton Mill flour. The Gloucestershire mill is a favourite of elite bakers who swear by its organic flour for sustainability points and unique flavour.
The family team at Shipton have produced flour since the 1980s and now share their knowledge with budding bakers via a line-up of courses at their Frampton Mill test kitchen. The Bread Baking Workshop with tutor Chris Hollister covers a wide range of breads (from sourdough to challah and ciabatta) and deep-dives into the science behind the baking process.
Day courses from £120. Buy it here.
Salcombe Gin School Experience, Devon
For the ultimate gin experience, it doesn’t get much better than a trip to Salcombe Distilling Co.’s Gin School. At the south Devon distillery, juniper super-fans have the opportunity to be the master of their own spirit and create a bespoke 70cl bottle of gin under the guidance of Salcombe’s award-winning distillers.
The half-day sessions kick off with a G&T and guided tour of the distillery, before the group head off to the gin lab to let their creativity fly. The experience wraps up with a sample of the fresh-from-the-still spirit in the distillery bar.
From £110. Buy it here.
Guided tour and tasting at Langham Wine Estate, Dorset
There are lots of vineyard tour and tasting experiences in the South West, so if you need help whittling them down may we suggest a visit to Langham Wine Estate. The Dorset vineyard made headlines in 2020 when it beat competition from some of France’s most prestigious Champagne houses to scoop Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year in the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Langham’s guided tour and tasting starts with a walk around the beautiful vineyard near Dorchester and finishes with a tutored tasting of three of its award-winning sparkling wines. You can even add a vineyard picnic-lunch and glass of fizz to the experience and make a day of it.
From £20. Buy it here.
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