Cookery School

Flying Apron Cookery School Classes

We offer a variety of classes in our beautiful cooking school kitchen. Classes are taught by our Chef, Chris Velden. Chef Chris has been cooking and teaching for more than 35 years across Canada, the United States and in his home country of Germany. As a Certified European Master Chef and Culinary Instructor, his expert qualifications match his passion for teaching. Chris loves to provide culinary education to the food-inspired public at our Flying Apron Cookery School.

Most our classes included a 3-course meal and recipes are always provided. Our teaching kitchen is licensed so you may purchase local beer or wine to enjoy during class. Contact us to book your spot in one of our scheduled classes (published below and on our Facebook page) or to arrange a private class.

Hands-on Classes

Our hands-on classes offer you the opportunity to practice new skills as you cook alongside our Chef in a 3 hour class. Chef Chris leads the class and you work in pairs to prepare the feast. When you’re finished cooking you get to relax and enjoy a meal with your classmates. Recipes for the dishes made in the class are included.

Demonstration Classes

Sit back, relax and let Chef Chris make your dinner! In our demo classes you get to watch and learn from the Chef over 2 hours. Share a full meal with your classmates during the demo and take home recipes for the dishes made in the class.

Specialty Classes

Occasionally we partner with local food producers, special guests and subject experts to offer specialty classes. Some of our specialty classes have included chocolate making, beer & wine menu pairing, bread making, musical guest “chefs” and mead making. These classes may include a hands-on component and always have something delicious to eat, although a full meal might not be included.

Group Getaway Package

Each season we reserve a limited number of dates for Group Getaways that include a private cooking class and overnight accommodations. This is a fun way to spend a night with friend and a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. We’ve hosted everything from birthdays to book clubs, reunions and bachelorette parties! You choose either a demo or hands on private cooking class with Chef Chris and select a menu to suit the group. You’ll have the whole cooking school to yourself and enjoy a full meal during the class. Beer & wine pairings are also available when booked with the class. You are welcome to gather in the common areas in the inn before or after your class. When the festivities are finished, retire to your charming room for the night. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the restaurant the next morning. Our private hands-on classes are $90+HST/person and private demo classed are $55+HST/person. Accommodation packages are available!

**Our summer private class schedule is full and we are now booking private classes into the fall. Contact us to secure your date**

Cooking Class Schedule

We host community events, cooking classes, farm to table dinners, and private events.

Join Our Newsletter Mailing List for Event Updates

August 26, 2017
Blueberries & Tomatoes Cooking Class & F …
Blueberries & Tomatoes Cooking Class & Farm Tour The season of bountiful harvests is upon us. Before y …
August 30, 2017
Rhubarb 4-Ways Demo Class
Rhubarb 4-Ways This delightful class is back by popular demand! Wednesday, August 30 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Cla …
September 9, 2017
Sustainable Salmon Cooking Class & Fish Farm …
Sustainable Salmon Cooking Class & Fish Farm Tour This class starts with a private tour of the Sustainable …
September 15, 2017
Garlic Fest Cooking Class Package
Garlic Fest Cooking Class Package Kickstart the Avondale Garlic Fest weekend with our Garlic Fest Cooking Clas …
September 27, 2017
Marvelous Mushrooms Demo Cooking Class
Marvelous Mushrooms Demo Cooking Class Our Marvelous Mushrooms Demo Cooking Class is back by popular demand! M …

Past Events


June 23, 2015
Cookery School Hands-On Class: Pasta Making
Learn to make classic pasta combinations with Chef Chris Velden. Pasta Making Tuesday, June 23 6:30 – …
July 4, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: The Power of Spices and …
Chef Chris Velden leads you on a journey for your senses as you experience his favourite spices and herbs. The …
July 23, 2015
Cookery School Hands-on Class: Indian Delights
Experience the flavours of India with Chef Chris Velden. Indian Delights Thursday, July 23 6:30 – 9:30 …
July 28, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: Sweet Summer Desserts
Learn to turn simple ingredients into stunning desserts in this class with Chef Chris Velden. Sweet, Sweet Sum …
August 11, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: Blueberry Fest
Chef Chris Velden will showcase NS blueberries in three dishes during this demonstration class. Blueberry Fest …
August 20, 2015
Cookery School Hands-on Class: Tomato 101
Beautiful and bountiful local tomatoes are featured in this hands-on class with Chef Chris Velden. Tomato 101 …
October 8, 2015
Cookery School Hands-on Class: Creative Thanksgivi …
Spice up your Thanksgiving dinner with these fresh side dishes. Cook with Chef Chris Velden and enjoy a meal d …
October 24, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: All About Apples
Learn innovative and delicious ways to prepare one of Nova Scotia’s signature ingredients. Saturday, October …
October 30, 2015
Cook & Stay Package: Best of the Season
Best of the Season  Cook & Stay Package Hands-On Cookery School Class & Overnight Stay at the Flying …
November 5, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: All Squashed Up
ALL SQUASHED UP Thursday, November 5 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35 + HST/person Looking for new ways to enjo …
November 14, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: Mad About Mushrooms
MAD ABOUT MUSHROOMS Sat, November 14 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Demo Class $35 + HST/person Chef Chris Velden will s …
November 21, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: Fallin’ for Fall
Fallin’ for Fall Learn to cook classic autumn ingredients in this demonstration class with Chef Chris Ve …
November 26, 2015
Cookery School Demo Class: Sausage 101
SAUSAGE 101 Thursday, Nov. 26 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $45 + HST/person Chef Chris Velden will demonstrate …
December 9, 2015
Entertaining Made Easy: Cookery School Hands-on Cl …
Entertaining Made Easy Wednesday, December 9 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75 + HST per person Take th …
December 17, 2015
Perfect Party Appetizers: Cookery School Demo Clas …
Perfect Party Appetizers Thursday, December 17  6:30 – 8:30 pm Demonstration Class $35 + HST per person Wow …
January 13, 2016
Chicken 101: Cookery School Demo Class
CHICKEN 101 Wednesday, Jan 13 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST Learn how to make the most o …
January 22, 2016
Mmmm…Mexican: Cookery School Hands-on Class
MMmmm…MEXICAN Friday, January 22 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Spice up your winte …
January 28, 2016
Winter Comfort Classics: Cookery School Demo Class
Winter Comfort Classics Thursday, January 28 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST In this demo …
January 30, 2016
Sustainable Salmon Hands-on Class & Tour
SUSTAINABLE SALMON TOUR & CLASS Saturday, January 30th 11:00 am – 2:00 pm* Hands-on Class & Tour …
February 10, 2016
Falling for French Foods: Cookery School Hands-on …
This class is SOLD OUT. By popular demand it is being offered again on Wednesday, February 17th. Call today to …
February 17, 2016
Falling for French Foods (Take 2): Cookery School …
The first Falling for French Foods class sold out so quickly that we decided to offer it again! We expect this …
February 20, 2016
Stellar Seasonal Soups: Cookery School Demo Class
STELLAR SEASONAL SOUPS Saturday, February 20 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST A great s …
February 24, 2016
Make the Most of Winter Veggies: Cookery School De …
Make the Most of Winter Veggies Wednesday, February 24 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST Thi …
March 5, 2016
Healthy Foods for Women: Cookery School Hands-on C …
Healthy Foods for Women Saturday, March 5 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST This is …
March 10, 2016
German for Beginners: Cookery School Demo Class
German for Beginners Thursday, March 10 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person HST Learn to cook these …
March 23, 2016
Easter Brunch Appetizers: Cookery School Hands-on …
Easter Brunch Appetizers Wednesday, March 23 6:30-9:30 pm Hands-on Class $85/per person +HST Lighten up your E …
April 6, 2016
Maple Madness: Cookery School Demo Class
MAPLE MADNESS COOKING CLASS Wednesday, April 6 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST Learn to us …
April 13, 2016
Knife Skills: Cookery School Skill Building Class
Knife Skills: Cookery School Skill Building Class Wednesday, April 13 6:30 – 9:30 pm Skill Building Clas …
April 20, 2016
Pasta Making: Cookery School Hands-on Class
PASTA MAKING CLASS Wednesday, April 20 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Roll up your sl …
April 28, 2016
Meat on the Cheap BEEF: Cookery School Demo Class
MEAT ON THE CHEAP: BEEF Thursday, April 28 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST A great meal do …
May 5, 2016
Viva Mexico Hands-on Cooking Class
VIVA MEXICO Hands-on Cooking Class Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a cooking class! Thursday, May 5 from 6:30 to …
May 14, 2016
Sustainable Salmon Tour + Demo Cooking Class
SUSTAINABLE SALMON Tour + Demo Class Our Sustainable Salmon class & fish farm tour is back, this time as a …
May 18, 2016
Chicken 101 Hands-On Class
CHICKEN 101 Hands-on Cooking Class Our most popular cooking class is back – this time as a hands-on clas …
May 25, 2016
Spring Flavours Demo Cooking Class
SPRING FLAVOURS Demo Cooking Class This class menu features delicious, local spring foods. Wednesday, May 25 f …
June 4, 2016
Terrific Thai Hands-on Cooking Class
TERRIFIC THAI Hands-on Class Our ever-popular Thai class is back with a new menu! Saturday, June 4 from 11:00 …
June 8, 2016
World Oceans Day Demo Cooking Class
WORLD OCEANS DAY Demo Cooking Class Celebrate World Oceans Day with a cooking class at The Flying Apron! Chef …
June 11, 2016
Terrific Thai Hands-on Cooking Class
TERRIFIC THAI Hands-on Class Our ever-popular Thai class is back with a new menu! Saturday, June 11 from 11:00 …
June 15, 2016
Meat on the Cheap PORK: Demo Cooking Class
MEAT ON THE CHEAP: PORK Demo Cooking Class The second class in our “Meat on the Cheap” series feat …
June 23, 2016
Italian & Fresh Mozzarella Demo Class
ITALIAN & FRESH MOZZARELLA Demo Cooking Class + Cheese Demo This class includes an Intro to Fresh Mozzarel …
July 6, 2016
Flying Apron Favourites Hands-on Cooking Class
FLYING APRON FAVOURITES Wednesday, July 6 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $80/per person +HST Chef Chris share …
July 13, 2016
Cookin’ & Jammin’ with Ryan Cook
COOKIN’ & JAMMIN’ WITH RYAN COOK Wednesday, July 13 from 6:30 to 9: 30 pm Specialty Class $60/per pers …
July 28, 2016
Celebrating all things Vegetable Demo Cooking Clas …
CELEBRATING ALL THINGS VEGETABLE Thursday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Learn t …
August 10, 2016
Flying Apron Favourites: Desserts – Demo Coo …
FLYING APRON FAVOURITES: DESSERTS Wednesday, August 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $35/per person +HST If …
August 20, 2016
Fresh Mozza Making & Italian Demo Cooking Cla …
FRESH MOZZARELLA MAKING & ITALIAN Saturday, August 20 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Cheese Demo + Demo Class $ …
August 24, 2016
Taste of Morocco Hands-on Cooking Class
TASTE OF MOROCCO Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Spice up your su …
September 8, 2016
Meat on the Cheap: Chicken Demo Cooking Class
MEAT ON THE CHEAP: CHICKEN Thursday, September 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST In our …
September 14, 2016
Preserving the Bounty Demo Cooking Class
PRESERVING THE BOUNTY Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Local garden …
September 16, 2016
Garlic 3-Ways Demo Cooking Class
GARLIC 3-WAYS Friday, September 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Kickstart the Avondale …
September 24, 2016
Beautiful Brunch Basics Hands-on Cooking Class
BEAUTIFUL BRUNCH Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Brunch is …
September 27, 2016
Chocolate Class with Chocolate Hackers
Chocolate Class with Chocolate Hackers September 27th, 6-9 pm Specialty Class & Meal $60+HST/person The Ch …
October 5, 2016
Marvelous Mushrooms Demo Cooking Class
MARVELOUS MUSHROOMS Wednesday, October 5 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Cooking Class $45/per person +HST Add wonderful …
October 15, 2016
Pasta Making with Fall Flavours Demo Class
PASTA MAKING WITH FALL FLAVOURS Saturday, October 15 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Find …
October 22, 2016
The Best of Fall Flavours Hands-on Cooking Class
THE BEST OF FALL FLAVOURS Saturday, October 22 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Make th …
October 29, 2016
Mead Making Workshop
TURN HONEY INTO WINE ~ MEAD MAKING WORKSHOP Saturday, October 29 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Specialty Class $60/per …
November 10, 2016
Hockey Night in Canada: Demo Cooking Class
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA NEW DATE: Thursday, November 10th 6:30pm – 8:30pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Whet …
November 25, 2016
SOLD OUT Terrific Thai Hands-on Class
TERRIFIC THAI *BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND* **This class is sold out! A second class has been added on Saturday, No …
November 26, 2016
SOLD OUT Terrific Thai Hands-on Cooking Class
TERRIFIC THAI *BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND* (Second class added due to popular demand!) Saturday, November 26th 6:3 …
November 30, 2016
Call of the Wild: Demo Cooking Class
CALL OF THE WILD Wednesday, November 30 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $55/per person +HST It’s the time of yea …
December 2, 2016
Pears & Pairings Cooking Class and Wine Tasti …
PEARS & PAIRINGS WITH AVONDALE SKY NEW DATE: Friday, December 2 7:00 – 9:30 pm Demo Cooking Class Wine T …
December 4, 2016
Give the Gift of Gourmet: Specialty Class
GIVE THE GIFT OF GOURMET Sunday, December 4 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Specialty Class $75/per person +HST Includes 5 …
December 28, 2016
Terrific Thai Hands-on Cooking Class
TERRIFIC THAI **BACK *AGAIN* BY POPULAR DEMAND** Our most popular cooking class will be offered ONE MORE TIME …
January 13, 2017
Sunny Citrus Demo Cooking Class
SUNNY CITRUS DEMO COOKING CLASS Friday, January 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $50/per person +HST Nothing …
January 25, 2017
Lobster Lovers Feast Demo Cooking Class SOLD OUT
LOBSTER LOVERS FEAST SOLD OUT on Wednesday, January 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm **Second Class added due to Popula …
January 27, 2017
Lobster Lovers Feast Demo Cooking Class
LOBSTER LOVERS FEAST This Lobster Cooking Class is back by popular demand! **Second class added due to popular …
January 28, 2017
Hearty & Healthy Grains Hands-on Cooking Clas …
HEARTY & HEALTHY GRAINS Saturday, January 28 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST B …
January 29, 2017
Bread Making Basics
BREAD MAKING BASICS WITH GOLD ISLAND BAKERY Sunday, January 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Specialty Class $60/per pe …
February 14, 2017
Viva Italia on Valentine’s Day
VIVA ITALIA ON VALENTINE’S DAY Tuesday, February 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST …
February 17, 2017
Falling for French Hands-on Cooking Class
FALLING FOR FRENCH – Second Class added due to Popular Demand! Friday, February 17 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm …
February 18, 2017
Falling for French Hands-on Cooking Class SOLD OUT
FALLING FOR FRENCH SOLD OUT – Second class added on Friday, February 17th Saturday, February 18 from 6:3 …
February 23, 2017
Warm Winter Flavours Demo Cooking Class
WARM WINTER FLAVOURS Thursday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Chef Chris will …
February 28, 2017
Creole Classics Demo Cooking Class
CREOLE CLASSICS Tuesday, February 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Celebrate Mardi Gras …
March 8, 2017
Mediterranean Hands-on Cooking Class
MEDITERRANEAN Wednesday, March 8 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST Flavourful dishes fro …
March 17, 2017
Maple, Bacon & Beer with Meander River Brewer …
MAPLE, BACON & BEER Friday, March 17 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm Demo Class & Beer Pairings $70/per person +H …
March 26, 2017
Bread Making Basics Class
BREAD MAKING CLASS WITH GOLD ISLAND BAKERY The first class was so popular, we’re bringing Jess Ross back …
April 5, 2017
Easy Entertaining Demo Cooking Class
EASY ENTERTAINING Wednesday, April 5 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST   Impress your guests wi …
April 8, 2017
Fresh Pasta Making Demo Cooking Class
FRESH PASTA MAKING Saturday, April 8 6:30-8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST Learn to make fresh pasta and …
April 19, 2017
Sushi Made Simple Specialty Class
SUSHI MADE SIMPLE Wednesday, April 19 6:30-8:30 pm Specialty Class $75/per person +HST This class will cover t …
April 22, 2017
Sustainable Salmon Class & Tour
SUSTAINABLE SALMON CLASS & TOUR Saturday, April 22 11:00 am – 4:00 pm* *Meet at The Flying Apron at 10:4 …
April 23, 2017
Sourdough Bread Making Class
Sourdough Bread Making Class with Gold Island Bakery April 23 from 1-4 pm Specialty Class $60/person+HST   Je …
May 5, 2017
Taste of India Hands-on Cooking Class
Taste of India Cooking Class Friday, May 5 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75/per person +HST   This popular …
May 24, 2017
Lovin’ Lemon Demo Cooking Class
Lovin’ Lemon Demo Cooking Class Wednesday, May 24 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST   Fre …
June 3, 2017
Eggtastic! Cooking Class
Eggtastic! Cooking Class Saturday, June 3 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Specialty Class $45/per person +HST   The simp …
June 9, 2017
Rhubarb 4-Ways Demo Cooking Class SOLD OUT
RHUBARB 4-WAYS Friday, June 9 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $45/per person +HST **This class is SOLD OUT** Due t …
June 16, 2017
Festival of Ginger Flavours Package
Festival of Ginger Flavours Demo Class & Overnight Package Friday, June 16 – Saturday June 17 Just $225/ …
June 24, 2017
Beer & BBQ with Meander River
BEER & BBQ WITH MEANDER RIVER Saturday, June 24 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Specialty Class & Pairings $90/pe …
July 7, 2017
Ginger Class Package
Ginger Class Package The perfect getaway isn’t far away; our Ginger Class Package is the perfect weekend …
July 19, 2017
Berries & Bubbles with Avondale Sky
Berries & Bubbles with Avondale Sky Winery This demo cooking class & wine tasting features first of th …
July 29, 2017
Bramber Weir Tour & Picnic
Bramber Weir Tour & Picnic Saturday, July 29 from 9:00* am to 1:00 pm *Meet at The Flying Apron by 8:45 am …
August 11, 2017
Viva Mexico Class & Overnight Package
VIVA Mexico **Package** Our Viva Mexico Class & Overnight Package is the perfect midsummer getaway. Your e …
Certifications & Ratings