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Say Cheese And Make Your Own

Story: Sandgate Guide
Oct 29, 2018
Say cheese and make your own
Sandgate cooks and lovers of all things homemade are invited to a cheese and sourdough-making workshop.

Accredited permaculture teacher Elisabeth Fekonia runs the workshops.

“This is actually one of my newer programs,” Elisabeth says.

“Not everyone is into dairy, so I’ve got one workshop for the cheese lovers in the morning, and then in the afternoon another workshop for making sourdough – it’s very hands on, lots of kneading and lots of taste testing as well.

“We’ll also be doing some sauerkraut and learning about fermented foods.”

Elisabeth has been teaching for the past thirteen years and says there has been an increase in the number of people wanting to learn how to make their own foods from scratch.

“I think now we’re in the digital age and education is easier, contacting people is easier and people can find information easier,” she says.

“Also, people are realising that our modern food may not be that good for us – people want to go back to the basics and making their own.

“All these health issues that have been creeping up on us in the modern era, and people are really waking up to that.”

The workshops are aimed at a beginner level, and no previous experience is necessary.

“ When people start my classes there’s one word I ask them to keep in mind – easy,” Elisabeth says.

“There’s a lot of information to take in during the class, but once you go back, follow the process and  look through the photos you took during the class, you’ll it’s really so easy, anyone can do it.

“We’re really just playing with nature and it’s something that anyone can do.

“This is the first time I’ve held classes in Sandgate and I am really looking forward to it.”

Cheese, Sourdough and Fermented Foods Workshops
When: Saturday, 24th November
Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hall, 118 Brighton Road, Sandgate

The brie, camembert and butterkase workshop runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm; the sourdough bread and fermented foods workshop runs from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Tickets can be purchased for just one of the workshops, or for both. For tickets or more info, go to: or see the Permaculture Produce Facebook page.