COOKING WORKSHOPS

Cooking Workshops Around NZ

My cooking workshops are more than a cooking class. They are a culmination of 20 years of studying, teaching, and writing about cooking and eating well. I interweave my knowledge of nutrition and share cooking tips from my experience as a trained chef. I have also studied a Certificate in Adult Education (NMIT 2008/9), which I find invaluable for sharing my knowledge in the best possible way.

My food focus is on flavourful recipes using everyday ingredients that are packed with nutrients, with a particular interest in traditional cooking techniques, including Sourdough Bread, Fermentation, and Home Preserving. Over the last 18 years, I have presented to over a thousand workshop participants and taught all around Aotearoa, from Whangarei to Queenstown. I teach classes regularly in Nelson and the main cities once a year. Find more details about my workshops below.

My workshops can fill up fast so please book early to secure a place. I open bookings to my Events newsletter first – subscribe HERE.

2024 Cooking Workshops

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

  • WELLINGTON – Kitchen Essentials (morning class) – Saturday 3rd August – Book Now
  • WELLINGTON – Art of Sourdough (afternoon class) – Saturday 3rd August – Book Now
  • ONLINE (Zoom) – Learn Sourdough – Saturday in August 2024 (date TBC) – 2.00 – 4.15 pm – Register interest here
  • NELSON – Everyday Sourdough – Wednesday 4th September – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – Bookings open soon, register interest

*More 2024 workshop dates to come for Auckland and other locations. I am also available for private small-group workshops or demonstrating at larger events, please contact me.

Join my Events newsletter HERE to be kept up to date with cooking workshops around Aotearoa New Zealand.


Previous 2023 Workshops

  • NELSON – Preserving the Harvest – Wednesday 22nd February – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • ONLINE (Zoom) – Preserving & Fermentation – Saturday 4th March – 2.00 – 4.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • BLENHEIM – Preserving the Harvest – Sunday 26th March – 10.30 – 12.30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • BLENHEIM – Art of Sourdough – Sunday 26th March – 2.00 – 4.00 pm  – SOLD OUT
  • NELSON – Art of Sourdough – Wednesday 3rd May – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • ONLINE (Zoom) – Learn Sourdough – Saturday 27th May – 2.00 – 4.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • WELLINGTON – Kitchen Essentials – Saturday 24th June – 10.00 – 12.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • WELLINGTON – Art of Sourdough – Saturday 24th June – 2.00 – 4.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NELSON – Art of Sourdough – Wednesday 26 July – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • ONLINE (Zoom) – Everyday Sourdough – Saturday 12th August – 2.00 – 4.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • AUCKLAND – Kitchen Essentials – Saturday 26 August – 10.00 – 12.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • AUCKLAND – Art of Sourdough x 2 – Saturday 26 August – 2.00 – 4.15 pm + repeated Sunday 27th – 11.00 – 1.15 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NELSON – Everyday Sourdough – Wednesday 13th September – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – SOLD OUT
  • NELSON – Art of Sourdough – Wednesday 8th November – 6.30 – 8.30 pm – SOLD OUT

I have been sharing my passion for cooking and eating well since I completed my chef & nutrition studies in 2003. What initially started as small cooking classes in my home quickly grew to evening cooking classes at the historic Fairfield House in Nelson. In 2006 I was invited to create and tutor a Cooking & Nutrition course for Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT). I ran this regular 6-week course until the arrival of my first child in 2010. I reinstated my cooking workshops in early 2014 and regularly teach in Nelson and around New Zealand.

More details about my Cooking Workshops:

  • The workshops are demonstration style, with plenty of interaction with the ingredients & food.
  • Workshops include delicious food samples and a recipe folder to take home – bring a pen to take notes.
  • The workshops fill up fast so please book early to secure a place. If you miss out please contact me to be added to the waiting list.
  • Due to time constraints, unfortunately, I am unable to offer a refund or credit if you can’t make it to a booked workshop, so please check the date carefully. However, I am happy for you to send a friend along in your place. Read the full Terms & Conditions HERE.
  • I am happy to arrange a payment plan if required –  please email me.

Feedback

“Nicola delivers a clear message about eating well, with many revelations!… I like her simplicity & practical approach to cooking healthy food. Very helpful – I’m referring to the recipes all the time.”

“An excellent course, Nicola’s enthusiasm for her subject and encouragement was awesome.”

“The nutrition information added to a straightforward cooking class – it was more than I expected.”

“The course was excellent, up to date, and enthusiastically presented.”

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Join the Conversation

  1. Would be great to get you in Dunedin! Taste Nature could host you maybe….

    1. Hi there, yes Dunedin will be first term next year. Will be in touch with Taste Nature as I love there store. Thanks!

  2. Hi, any chance you can announce 2015 classes that we can book for Christmas presents?

    1. Hi Fleur, I have just been working on my dates for next year this week. I will look at how I could set this up, where are you based? I will be coming to the main centers plus Hamilton, Dunedin and Napier at this stage next year.

  3. Great to hear you are coming to Hamilton. Yay!!

    1. Hi Deb, yes early next year will have the date up on the website in the next month or so.

  4. Hi there Nicola, if I can’t make it to your course how can I get hold of the new revised sour dough recipe. I am wanting to attempt it for the first time but see you have mentioned you have revised it etc. Regards PAula

    1. Hi Paula, this recipe works fine. I have just tweaked a little to make it more user-friendly for the workshops plus variations. The main thing to help off-set the sourdough flavour is to add a little sweetener to the mix. I like to use 2 tsp apple syrup or muscovado sugar but any sugar or honey will do. Happy bread making!

  5. Hi Nicola are you doing any more classes in Nelson? Thanks!

    1. Hi Andrina, yes I will run 2 more in term 4 and planning lots more for next year. What workshops were you interested in?

  6. Marta Godden says:

    Hi Nicola,

    I’m interested in your Hamilton workshop. Do you have a date yet? What is the cost? Where do we sign up?

    Thanks
    Marta

    1. Hi Marta
      I don’t have the date confirmed yet. Will hopefully have it confirmed in November. The best way to hear about new dates is to join my events newsletter here: http://is.gd/Ru2JMk
      Thanks for your interest and hope you can make it to the Hamilton workshops 🙂

  7. Hi Nicola do you have a date for Hamilton workshop yet?

  8. Hi Nicola
    I notice your Nelson Healthy Baking workshop has been filled. Is there a chance you may run another one with the same topic at some other time during the rest of the year?

    Many thanks
    Joy

    1. Hi Joy, yes I will run another one in term 3. The best way to hear about upcoming workshops is to join my events mailing list. I send an email every 6 weeks or so with the latest workshops dates. You can join here: http://is.gd/Ru2JMk
      Thanks, Nicola

  9. darn it! missed your chch class!

    1. Hi Claudine, I will be back early next year so make sure you join my events list to hear about the dates and details. Thanks

  10. HI Nicola, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we have a workshop or 2 in Dunedin? I could just about fill one for you with interested food lovers!

    1. Hi Jan, yes Dunedin is definitely on my radar for later this year. Are you signed up to my events newsletter? I can add you if you want.
      Thanks, Nicola

      1. Great to hear! Yes, I’m signed up thanks. Have a lovely Christmas.

  11. Ah ! Guttered I missed your Auckland workshop! I hope you will do more!

    1. Hi Josie, thanks for your message. I will be back in Auckland in August to run another series of workshops. Do you want me to add you email address to my events newsletter?

    2. Hi Josie, I will be back in Auckland later in the year, term 3 at this stage, to run several more workshops. Keep an eye out on my site in the coming months 🙂

  12. Hello Nicola,
    Are you planning to provide any workshops in Dunedin 2017?
    Thank you

    1. Hi Leigh, I was in Dunedin earlier this year so I am not sure if I will get back again next year. I am planning to hold more Saturday workshops in Nelson in 2017 if you fancy a weekend up this way. Make sure you join my mailing list to find out more 🙂

  13. Hi there – just wondering if you have plans for a fermentation workshop in Nelson in 2017?

    1. Hi Raya, yes I will be running more fermentation workshops in Nelson in the new year. Are you subscribed to my events newsletter?

      1. Yes, I registered after commenting the other day, so look forward to news of upcoming classes.

        1. Thanks Raya, I will be in touch early next year with the workshop dates 🙂

  14. Dessa Harris says:

    Birthday present. Hey I was wondering do you do gift vouchers?

    1. Hi Dessa, yes I do. Only for Nelson at this time 🙂 Find details here:
      http://shop.nicolagalloway.co.nz/shop/product/nelson-gift-voucher/

  15. Hi there, I would like to enquire about your Christchurch classes. How to book and the cost per person.

    Many thanks
    Kelly

    1. Hi Kelly, I plan to set up the bookings this week (as lots of people have been asking!), I just need to find a spare moment 🙂 I will share the link with you here once they are ready. The cost is $75 per person. Warmest, Nicola

  16. Kate Bennett says:

    HI Nicola, Thank you for the knowledge and bread making inspiration you shared at the Sourdough Workshop in Nelson recently. You packed some clear and precise information about making sourdough bread into the two hours and I especially enjoyed how hands on it was with you passing around bowls for us to see and smell in the different stages of development. I bought the workshop as a gift for Mothers Day for my Mum and I and we are now both getting into the fun of making and eating homemade sourdough bread. I thoroughly recommend anybody who likes learning new things to experience a Nicola Galloway workshop, it was excellent value for money and the taste testing was a surprise bonus too! Thanks Nicola.

    1. Thank-you Kate, it was lovely to have you and your Mum at the workshop. So great to hear you are both enjoying cooking sourdough at home 🙂

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