Your bride-to-be knows all the best eats in town! She enjoys fine dining as well as flavoursome street food, she has a favourite delicatessen, is always stopping to admire food stalls when passing, and might just have an inner chef waiting to be unleashed. Here we have just the right ideas to make all her foodie dreams come true.
Start your day in style with a beautiful bridal brunch. Choose somewhere slightly different to your average weekend hangout and start creating your foodies dream day! Think chic ambience, glasses of bubbly, fresh juices and a menu sure to tantalise those taste buds. If you’re low on budget or the bride-to-be is more of a homebody, all this can be achieved at one of your hens’ dining tables too! Source a chef (or a very talented hen) to whip up a gourmet feast and style the dining table and living area to create a gorgeous and unique occasion.
Much like a beautiful brunch, but a little later in the day. Now your bride-to-be can share a bottle (or a few) of that gorgeous wine paired with the gourmet dish she’s been eyeing up too. In most locations, there are beautiful restaurants and wineries with menus to impress even the worlds highest regarded foodies – so we suggest you start looking and get booking!
Glamorous degustation evening
Book yourselves a table for the best degustation experience in your area and dress to impress! All of those exquisite flavours delivered like artwork, matched to perfection with beautiful wines. Your bride-to-be and all her hens will be in foodie heaven.
Find a reputable cooking class near you or make a weekend of it by sourcing something special further afield. Your class could be anything from a single specialty dish to a few hours of interactive cooking making appetisers, dinner and dessert. A fabulous way to mingle with some fantastic ladies while learning some great new recipes too!
Masterchef cook off
Take your cooking class to the next level with some friendly competition and make a booking with an establishment that will allow you to have a cook off, just like on TV. Some may even go as far as revealing the ingredients on the spot, then giving you an hour to create something spectacular between pairs. Prepare yourselves for lots of laughs and a glimpse of that competitive spirit!
Cupcakes and cake decorating
Who doesn’t like beautiful home baked goodies? Learn how to crank your home baking skills up a notch with a boutique cupcake cooking class where a qualified pastry chef will demonstrate how to make beautiful cupcakes before you’re let loose to bake (and eat) your own. No cupcake is complete without decorating, and you should be given some fantastic tips on how to turn your cupcakes into edible works of art.
If your bride-to-be is a mum or is planning a little tribe of her own in the near future, maybe a full-blown cake decorating class will be the best option. It will go a long way to helping her little ones have cakes of envy for each birthday celebration as they grow up.
Food and wine festival
Each year, there are a number of food and wine festivals throughout Australia and New Zealand that showcase local produce and wines. What more could you ask for in a day of foodie bliss (win, win we say).
Much like a pub crawl, but involving all your wildest food fantasies instead! From bite-sized tours to culinary odysseys you’ll be introduced to local food offerings in a way like never before. Get ready for your taste buds to start singing as you chew, crunch, sip and slurp your way through all that amazing foodie goodness until you can’t no more. As an optional extra, book in for guided behind the scenes tours to meet the restaurant owners and passionate food producers.
Cocktails and canapés
This is a great option for the home or a gorgeous, relaxed setting in a hotel or resort. DIY or recruit a mobile barman to shake up your bride-to-be’s favourite cocktails, source some scrumptious canapés to go with, and enjoy a relaxed evening reminiscing about what brought you all together and the wedding to come.
Champagne high tea
Gorgeous, sophisticated and very darling. Dress up and make an afternoon of sipping champagne while you palate your way through tiers of delicate and delicious morsels of food. With numerous high tea options available in every main city, there’s sure to be something suitable within your price range. For that true feeling of old world glamour, find a beautiful old homestead with a country garden setting for something a tad more extravagant.
Gourmet catered picnic
Want to spark your foodie bride-to-be’s taste buds in a more casual environment? Then scout out some beautiful gardens in your area, hire a stylist and gourmet caterer and you’re onto a winner! Budget a little tighter? No problems – take over one of your hens’ backyards or a local park and add your own beautiful touches with picnic hampers, blankets, pillows, trinkets and decorations to suit.
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