Workshops & Events2023-01-18T16:49:47+09:30
Those Barossa Girls

preserving, baking & traditional food skill workshops

Our online and in-person workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced food handlers.

Creating delicious memories

Fruit preserving using the Fowlers Vacola system is a generations-old skill that takes the abundance of the season and turns it into a shelf-stable food product that will nourish your family cheaply and easily.  It’s sustainable, economical, nutritious, and deceptively easy – and it’s a skill that is as relevant now as 100 years ago.

Our online and in-person workshops are suitable for both beginners and experienced food handlers.

THOSE BAROSSA GIRLS 2021 WORKSHOPS

Online Workshops

Fruit preserving using the Fowlers Vacola system is a generations-old skill that takes the abundance of the season and turns it into a shelf-stable food product that will nourish your family cheaply and easily.  It’s sustainable, economical, nutritious, and deceptively easy – and it’s a skill that is as relevant now as 100 years ago.

Combining the modern virtual communication of Zoom with this traditional food skill, you can join us in our Barossa kitchens in this personalised event as we step you through the Fowlers preserving process from start to finish.

Suitable for both beginners and experienced food handlers, we will talk you through the basic elements you need for a home preserving system, the simple rules regarding food safety, and the one-step processing instructions.  Join along with your own jars and fruit, or sit back with a cup of tea as we show you how easy this traditional food skill truly is.   You will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek personalised advice at the conclusion of the demonstration.

Please see FAQ’s below.

THOSE BAROSSA GIRLS WORKSHOPS

In-person Workshops

Fruit preserving using the Fowlers Vacola system is a generations-old skill that takes the abundance of the season and turns it into a shelf-stable food product that will nourish your family cheaply and easily.  It’s sustainable, economical, nutritious, and deceptively easy – and it’s a skill that is as relevant now as 100 years ago.  In-person workshops are the perfect way to immerse yourself in this incredible food story, in our incredible region.  We only ever work with small groups of people in a relaxed and casual atmosphere to ensure you get the best experience.  Workshops are practical and hands-on, and you are encouraged to ask questions at any time.

What do you get:

  • A printed workbook with instructions and recipes, perfect for recording your own notes or to refer back to at any time.
  • A jar of preserves to take home, and the confidence to continue the tradition with your own family.
  • The opportunity to purchase ‘starter kits’ that contain everything you need to start your own Fowlers food story.
  • Chats and conversations with fellow keepers, and direct access to Marieka and Sheralee for expert, personalised advice.
  • Links to a supportive and enthusiastic Facebook group that can provide ongoing support and inspiration.
  • A whole new perspective and passion for seasonal produce.

“Informative and engaging, the workshop that Those Barossa Girls hosted was packed full of handy hints and tips. A great refresh for those with some experience or a fantastic starting point for those just discovering the joys of preserving.”

Sally, December 2020 Workshop

“I’m new to preserving and got so much out of this workshop. Marieka & Sheralee answered all of our questions and I can’t wait to get started with my new preserving kit. Thank you Those Barossa Girls!”

Ann, December 2020 Workshop

ONLINE WORKSHOP FAQs

How safe is preserving?2021-01-07T13:35:58+09:30

This food skill is more than 100 years old, and modern science has given us the benefit of understanding exactly how safe it is.  Those Barossa Girls work within food safety guidelines set down by regulatory bodies, and we will not advocate or teach practices that are not proven.  Fowlers Vacola bottling is a proven and safe method that relies on some very simple rules to eliminate the possibility of food spoilage or pathogens.  It is important that home preservers understand the importance of safe food practices, and we will teach you how to apply those simple rules to your preserving.

How will the workshop run? Can I ask questions?2021-01-07T13:35:18+09:30

At the beginning of the workshop we will ask everyone to mute their microphones during the demonstration.  This just makes it easier for everyone to hear, and to focus on the process.  Even though your microphone is muted you can still type questions into the transcript panel and we will answer them as part of our demonstration.  At the conclusion of the demonstration we will open to floor to all questions, so if you have any queries relating to your particular situation please feel free to ask.  The format is designed to ensure you feel confident at beginning your own preserving story, so we will ensure that all your questions are answered.

What do I need to have on hand during the workshop?2021-01-07T13:34:44+09:30

If you are a beginner you may only want a print out of your workbook and a pen to take notes.  If you are a more experienced preserver you may want to preserve along with us, in which case you will need your usual Fowlers preserving equipment.

What do I need to do before the workshop so I can access the group?2021-01-07T13:34:04+09:30

You will need to have zoom installed on your device, and have it ready to log in.  You will receive an email several hours before the workshop with your access code which you simply type in, and one of our hosts will admit you to the session.

What if I purchase a ticket but then can’t make it to join, or I have to leave part way through?2021-01-07T13:33:35+09:30

The workshop will be recorded, along with the full transcript of questions.  You will receive a copy of the downloadable workbook, and the access code will give you full lifetime access to the recorded workshop.  And we are always available to answer questions and provide ongoing support to all our keepers, so you are welcome to email us with any queries you may still have regarding the process.

How do I access the online workshop?2021-01-07T13:32:26+09:30

You will be emailed a link and a code to the workshop in the morning, several hours before the workshop commences.  You will need to have zoom downloaded on your device, ready to operate.  Use the code from the email to access the workshop and our co-host will grant you access.

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