Foodie Gift Experiences
Give memories that last this Christmas with our pick of foodie gift experiences. Choose from wine tours, cookery classes, beekeeping workshops, gin-making and much more. And the good news is that you can buy most of these gifts online right up until the big day!
Make Your Own Gin
One of Winchester's newest attractions, The Blend Academy, is a gin lover's dream. This three-hour experience involves sampling and experimenting with over 100 native and exotic botanicals whilst learning about the art of gin making. Craft your own unique gin guided by one of Winchester Distillery's Master Blenders and take away your hand-bottled creation. Book a gift voucher until Christmas Eve and receive 25% off making it £90.
Working in small groups of up to four, the skilled Master Butcher at The Farmers Butcher in Bramshaw, will demonstrate how to break down the carcass. The perfect way to learn how to get more from your meat and discover the different cuts.
Courses from £75 per person, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01794 322686.
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Join Sinah Common Honey on Hayling Island, for a two hour introduction to the world of bees and beekeeping. Participants will learn some theoretical knowledge about bees before suiting up to meet the colony, all for £25. Everyone goes away with a jar of honey. Higher level courses also available. Email email@example.com for more information.
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Sausage and Charcuterie Making
On a small idyllic farm in Hampshire, learn how to make sausages, salami and charcuterie with experts John and Sarah. Courses begin with coffee and homemade cake and whole day courses include a delicious lunch.
Courses begin at £65, book a specific class or purchase a voucher. Call 01264 736208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
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Tour a Vineyard, Distillery and Brewery
Grape & Grain Tours will take you on a thirst-quenching tour of Hampshire calling in at Itchen Valley Brewery, Winchester Distillery and Hattingley Valley Vineyard for tastings and tours. The day even incorporates a tasty pub lunch. Transport from and back to Winchester rail station. £99 per person, gift vouchers available.
You can learn to make chocolates like a professional with Chocolate Craft in Alresford. Create your own unique chocolates and chocolate lolly using the finest ingredients. All packaging is provided to ensure your finished products will wow your family and friends.
A voucher for one costs £59, for two people it is £99.
Taste the Vines
Hampshire is home to award-winning wines now recognised globally as some of the very best. Book a tour or tasting for your loved one and they can look forward to enjoying their gift in the warmer months.
Give the gift of time out experimenting in the kitchen. Across Hampshire there are cookery schools offering classes and workshops aimed at a range of levels, ages and interests. Gift vouchers are available at many venues so the recipient can make their own choice. Try Newlyns Cookery School near Hook, Honesty Cookery School near Newbury, The Kitchen at Chewton Glen, Season Cookery School at Lainston House Hotel, Lemon and Soul Cookery School near Southampton and HH&Co Backstage at Lime Wood Hotel.
Make Your Own Perfume
Perfect for the person who has everything! This two-hour consultation with New Forest Aromatics involves sampling and choosing your bespoke mix of essential oils. Your very own perfume will then be made for you to try and then when you are happy you will take away a 50ml bottle of your personal eau de toilette. Price £100.
Private Wine Tour
Hampshire Tours are waiting to whisk you away in their 4x4 on a private tour of Hampshire's vineyards. Take the day at your own pace, soak up the scenary and wine! Price from £95 per person.