Redbeard Historic Bakery Bread Baking Workshop

Redbeard Historic Bakery Bread Baking Workshop

RedBeard Bakery sourdough baking workshop

Over 500 people have attended this class


Each comprehensive full-day hands-on workshop covers:

  • making your own sourdough leaven to harness the power of complex wild culture fermentation
  • kneading, shaping and prooving loaves in tins, cloth and baskets
  • a short history of baking and ovens, and how to get the most out of your oven
  • using different types of flour and milling your own
  • how to recognise well made bread
  • cooling and storing bread

Who leads the workshops?

Alan Reid, co-founder of RedBeard, with almost two decades of sourdough baking experience leads the workshops. 

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What you will learn

  • The cultural history of real traditional wildferment "sourdough" breads - why they taste so good and are so good for you
  • To knead, shape, proof and bake classic "sourdough" loaves
  • To make and maintain your own wildferment "sourdough" starter culture (leaven)

What you will get

  • Luscious locally-sourced lunch, bottomless tea/coffee and snacks from our café
  • The loaves you shaped and baked, your new leaven, a bag of organic rye flour to feed it, and comprehensive printed notes including bread recipes plus valuable baking tips
  • 10% discount off any baking equipment, flour, etc, purchased on the day
  • On-going support for your bread-baking journey

What to bring

  • Your enthusiasm and an apron (or consider pre-purchasing a special RedBeard apron for the class to take home)

What to wear

Comfortable summer wear - the bakery is always warm from the glow of our enormous 19th century wood-fired scotch oven. Closed toe, flat shoes.

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in baking - over the age of 16!

Cancellation / Re-Scheduling Policy

Bookings may be refunded or moved to another available date up to two weeks before the date booked. Under two weeks no changes can be made.

RedBeard Historic Bakery

(181 Reviews)

We bake handmade, authentic sourdough in a 19th century woodfired scotch oven in Trentham, central Victoria. Cafe, tours and classes.

Our authentic sourdoughs are leavened with a natural, wild culture of yeasts and healthy bacteria. We don’t use bakers’ yeast, preservatives or any other additives.

Our loaves are made with organic flour, shaped by hand and baked in a woodfired oven, built in 1891 - one of only a handful of Scotch ovens still operating in Australia.

‘The best bakery in the world. It’s been a privilege to be inside. This is all about heart, passion and a love for making great bread.’ George Calombaris, MasterChef, 2013

‘I had RedBeard sourdough for breakfast and it was absolutely delicious. RedBeard is doing a wonderful job to promote the resurgence of authentic sourdough and artisan woodfired baking.’ Maggie Beer, legendary cook and restaurateur, 2010

‘It’s relaxed and charming, the location is gorgeous and their bread is fantastic.’ The Age, 2011

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4.9 (181 reviews)
Jenniferrated it
11 Dec 2022
Redbeard Historic Bakery Bread Baking Workshop is a must. Our class of six people was a mix of skill level competent home cooks and self-taught novices (me). Alan Reid, master baker and co-owner of Redbeard, expertly taught us skills in kneading and shaping, starting a leaven, and the science at work in baking sourdough. We left exhausted and exhilarated with a box of our workshop made and absolutely delicious bread.
Meg rated it
11 Dec 2022
Cannot recommend this class enough. It was fascinating to learn all the ins and outs of sourdough from the micro level through to the types of flour, how to start/maintain a starter and the different types of loaves to bake. It was a great mix of theory and hands on learning and Al was a fantastic teacher. You will leave this course so passionate about sourdough, it's wonderful!
Donnarated it
14 Nov 2022
Great workshop. Very hands on with lots of information for both beginners and more advanced bakers. Beautiful lunch and a bonus of loaves to bring home after the course
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


  • A refund can be requested 14 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 14 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Bookings may be refunded or transferred to another available date up to two weeks prior to the workshop date

Cancellations less than two weeks prior to the workshop date will not be eligible for a refund. No transfers are possible within this time frame.

If extra merchandise was purchased at the time of the original booking being cancelled, a full refund of the purchase price for the merchandise will be issued.

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