Note all Little Foodies Corner workshops are sold out but there is always the chance of no-shows on the day (three kids didn’t turn up for our workshop). If you’re in the area or visiting the Artisan Bakery & Bar it’s worth dropping in to see if there’s space left.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (Saturday 28 February – Sunday 15 March) is a fun and delicious annual festival that also runs a great family/kids program. One of their free events are the Little Foodies Corner baking workshops for 5-13 years.

I booked Lady AB, order who’s 4 and relatively experienced in the kitchen, seek into one of the workshops with La Madre Bakery to make pizza dough and hot cross buns.

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Every participant’s place setting had a colourful apron, matching chef’s touk, a pastry cutter and tea towel. Lady AB was so thrilled with her chef’s outfit that the session was a winner before it even started!

little foodies

During the 45 minute session a baker from La Madre Bakery showed the kids how to swirl flour and water into a bowl to make a dough then gave each person a blob of pre-risen dough to pat into a pizza round.

little foodies

little foodies

Kids got their fingers dirty spreading passata around and squishing mozzarella onto the top. Then it was into the oven while the second part of the class commenced with hot cross buns.

little foodies

Each child was given a ball of dough which was then flattened out and studded with fruit. A shake of cinnamon, a roll around to gently shape the bun and voila, dough ready to go into the oven when we got home.

little foodies

Lady AB was so proud of her creations that she insisted on wearing her chef’s outfit for the rest of the morning and carried her pizza and bun dough around everywhere, drawing much attention as she proceeded down Southbank eating this and that.

little foodies

little foodies

little foodies

The Little Foodies Corner workshop we attended was the very first one, and it was well-organised, hands-on fun. What a delicious way to teach kids how food is made! More Little Foodies Corner workshops are on 7-8 March and 14-15 March, covering cupcake decorating and bread-making. For more family-friendly events and activities at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival click here.

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