AU$330.00

Redbeard Historic Bakery Bread Baking Workshop

RedBeard Bakery sourdough baking workshop

Next Available: Sun, 19 Jun 10:00AM (AEST)
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6 hours
Over 500 people have attended this class

Description

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 cafĂ©
  • 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.


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 (163 reviews)
Brendarated it
15 May 2022
The breadmaking class is one of the best experiences I have had in a very long time. The experience of learning to bake healthy, tasty sourdough bread with a bunch of great people was such a positive experience in so many ways. I felt proud of myself producing yummy delights that not only looked like the 'real deal' but also tasted just like the famous RedBeard bread. Then to top it all off, we got to take home 8 loaves each. We also had an amazing lunch and were thoroughly entertained and given a history lesson about bread and bread making by Al - a great teacher, a nice guy and an incredible baker. Thanks Al and all of the friendly Red Beard Staff. Brenda
Heidirated it
15 May 2022
I am so happy I have not missed out on attending this day full of skills and knowledge and great people in a real bakery.
Craigrated it
04 Apr 2022
What a great experience. I received this workshop as a Xmas gift and was thrilled to spend the day in the 140 year old baking room next to the Scotch oven, with a lovely group of people and the expert guidance of Alan Reid. As an absolute novice I was super impressed with how Alan led us through the science of bread, the finesse of the process and the patient support provided as we churned out and magnificent bounty of sourdough goodies to take home with us at the end of the day. We were filled with coffee, a delicious lunch and inspiration to start or reinvigorate our sourdough home-baking journeys. I can only give my highest recommendation/encouragement for anyone considering this course or contemplating a gift for someone that you care about. Absolutely wonderful experience - go ahead and book, you really "knead" to do this!
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Cancellations & Refunds

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at RedBeard Historic Bakery or organised by RedBeard Historic Bakery must agree to these terms and conditions.

1.) LIABILITY WAIVER

I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by RedBeard Historic Bakery.

2.) PHOTO & VIDEO

I agree to give RedBeard Historic Bakery unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at RedBeard Historic Bakery classes and events or on RedBeard Historic Bakery's premises. (For use of RedBeard Historic Bakery marketing materials).

3.) REFUNDS / RE-SCHEDULING

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 only be eligible for a 50% refund of the total fee paid. 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.

If an attendee does not attend a workshop they are enrolled in, they must advise our office through email (admin@trenthamnc.org.au) in writing beforehand, or no refund will apply.

If an attendee has purchased a Refund Upgrade a full refund can be issued at any time before the date of the class they are booked to attend. (A Refund Upgrade can be purchased at the final stages of your cart checkout process for an extra 10% of the final purchase amount)

 4.) CANCELLATIONS

In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.

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 only be eligible for a 50% refund of the total fee paid. 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.

If an attendee does not attend a workshop they are enrolled in, they must advise our office through email (admin@trenthamnc.org.au) in writing beforehand, or no refund will apply.

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