8623 New England Highway
Hampton, QLD, 4352

(07) 46979066

The annual Hampton Festival is a celebration of local produce, gourmet industries and the Hampton district's creative culture.

Food & Art Workshops

Come and enjoy the fantastic workshops on offer over the two days leading up to the Hampton Festival on Sunday 21 May.  Learn new skills and follow your passion at one of these food and art experiences conducted by experts in their field.  There are four really exciting workshops to choose from. Please book early as places are strictly limited.

Every workshop bookings include a complimentary ticket to the Hampton Festival on Sunday 21 May.


Friday 19 May

CHEESEMAKING with Graham Redhead

Location: Highfields State Secondary College, O'Brien Rd, Highfields    Price: $125pp

Workshop One:  8.00am - 12 noon. In this workshop you will make:

  • Marinated Persian Feta
  • Halloumi
  • Milk Ricotta

 Workshop Two:  1.00pm - 5.00pm. In this workshop you will make: 

  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Milk Ricotta
  • Marinated Persian Feta

Saturday 20 May

BEER WORKSHOPS with Matt Kirkegaard

Location: Reflections-Lake Cooby                                                                       Workshop One - Introduction to Beer and Cheese Masterclass:          10.00am-12.30pm           Price: $70pp                                                                                 Workshop Two -Beer Sensory Masterclass:                                                 3.00pm-5.30pm                Price: $80 pp (includes a set of four Spiegelau glasses valued at $69.95)


HARVEST, COOK & DINE with Paul West (River Cottage Australia)

Location: Chapman Park, Hampton                                                                             Price: $120 pp -includes Half Moon Farm tour & produce harvest, cooking class, dinner, wine and live entertainment.                                                        Time: 3.00pm-8.00pm

Tastes of our region events - Friday & saturday

To celebrate and showcase local produce, regional businesses are putting on Tastes of our Region events to coincide with the Hampton Festival weekend. These events allow visitors and locals alike to experience what's great about this inspiring and beautiful part of the region.

Events are being held at Tuskanas, Tavensbourne Mountain Retreat and Reflections-Lake Cooby.

Saturday 20 May

CHEESEMAKING with Graham Redhead

Location: Highfields State Secondary College, O'Brien Rd, Highfields    Price: $125pp

Workshop One:  8.00am - 12 noon. In this workshop you will make:

  • Farmhouse Cheddar with Chili, Garlic and Paprika
  • Milk Ricotta
  • Marinated Persian Feta

 Workshop Two:  1.00pm - 5.00pm. In this workshop you will make:

  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Milk Ricotta
  • Marinated Persian Feta

Saturday 20 May

DRAW AND POUR with Don Milner and Peter Orr

Charcoal sketching masterclass, wine appreciation & tasting.

Location: Reflections-Lake Cooby                                                                                 Price: $80 pp(includes individual art pack, McGregor T-shirt of apron & wine glass keepsake)                                                                                                            Workshop: Arrival 10.30am for Workshop 11.00am-1.30pm

saturday 20 may

CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES at Reflections-Lake Cooby

Activities for children between the ages of 8-16 will be run by the experienced staff at Relections-Lake Cooby during the ‘Draw & Pour’ and beer tasting workshops. Activities will include canoeing, rock climbing & high ropes.                                                                                                                        Ticket options include:

  • 2 hours’ activities - $40
  • 4 hours’ activities -$60
  • 6 hours’ activities -$80                                             

Please contact Reflections-Lake Cooby to book the children's activities,  lunch & dinner options or the full weekend offer.

Phone:     (07) 4696 6244               info@coobyreflections.com.au



Cheesemaking with Graham redhead

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Equal parts craft, science, and sheer gastronomic indulgence, home cheesemaking is something every aspiring foodie should learn. Our four hour, practical cheesemaking workshops will guide you through the process of transforming milk into delicious  cheese, helping you to understand the method and the relevance of each step in the process. You will get to hand-make three types of cheese and at the end of the workshop, take them home to enjoy. 

 Lead by Graham Redhead, an expert cheesemaker who has trained in Italy, France and the UK, the workshops are great if you are a complete novice but also excellent for people with previous cheesemaking experience that want to refine or learn new techniques.  

 Each participant will be provided with a comprehensive handout with cheesemaking recipes, tips and additional information, enabling you to get started at home. Learn about which ingredients and equipment to use, how to use goat milk instead of cow milk, how to make a large batch or a small batch of cheese and many other tips.

 Places are limited to maximise personal instruction with Graham, so book early for a fun and informative experience with a master of his craft.

Draw and Pour with don milner and peter orr

Looking for a visual arts workshop with a delicious twist? Join renowned Sunshine Coast based artist Don Milner, and Queensland College of Wine Tourism’s Peter Orr, for a unique two and half hour experience combining art with wine. Learn about the art of winemaking and taste some of Queensland’s best drops, while being guided through the art of charcoal drawing.

 Under Don’s watchful eye, you will be provided with practical guidance to create your own artistic masterpieces. With more than 25 years worth of experience and many successful exhibitions, he is an enthusiastic and energetic artist, renowned for his generous and creative workshops.

 Don says that charcoal drawing allows us to create powerful marks and visually interesting images, so come along and creatively immerse yourself in an exciting and expressive medium while gaining a new appreciation for the “fruit of the vine”.

Each participant will receive -   an individual art pack;  McGregor apron or t-shirt;  and a wine glass keepsake.                                                   

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Each participant will receive:                                                                                       

  • Individual art pack
  • McGregor apron or t-shirt
  • wine glass keepsake

Beer Appreciation with matt kirkegaard

Workshop One: Introduction to Beer and Cheese – Masterclass
Join Matt Kirkegaard, also known as BeerMatt, and discover there's more to beer than you ever imagined. Far from being a 'blokes-only' beverage, you will treated to a specialist class in beer appreciation looking at the world of beer and how the complex flavours can pair with cheese. The workshop incorporates education in beer ingredients, styles and flavours and how to present and taste beer. It's the perfect introduction to the wider aspects of beer, beyond the stubby…. and will include how to match food with various styles of beer. Price includes all beer tasting, cheese and notes.

Workshop Two: Beer sensory class                                                                              We all know that there is a multitude of glasses available for wine tasting and that the size and shape of the glass affects how we perceive the flavours of wine. This is every bit as true for beer. While the traditional beer glass is designed to be cheap and robust, it does little to enhance the flavour of your favourite ale or lager. If you are sceptical, pit your taste buds against some of the best beer glasses on the market, the Spiegelau range of glasses.  Matt will take you through four very different beer styles, each sampled across four very different glasses to highlight that a great glass is as important as a great beer. Be prepared to be amazed at the difference a glass makes.

The workshop price includes the beer tasting and a set of four Spiegelau glasses (valued at $69.95).

Matt Kirkegaard is a Brisbane-based freelance beer writer who has developed a national reputation as one of the few independent beer educators and advocates in Australia. Matt is passionate about beer and his enthusiasm is infectious. His workshops are light-hearted but with a focus on educating about and elevating beer.

Harvest, Cook and Dine with Paul West

Join chef, farmer and River Cottage Australia host Paul West for a genuine patch to plate experience. Tour Hampton’s Half Moon Farm and harvest vegetables from its market garden, then stroll to the Hampton Festival site at Chapman Park and join Paul in an interactive cooking class. Cook up a storm using the just-picked ingredients then dine on the dishes you helped create. Dinner will be accompanied by local wines and you will enjoy a live music preview from one of our special Hampton Festival guest artists.  An inspirational and delicious way to spend an autumn afternoon.