Cookery School

Flying Apron Cookery School Classes

We offer a variety of classes in our beautiful cooking school kitchen for both the casual home cook and the experienced foodie. 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.

Cookery School & Accommodation Packages
Group Getaway: Private Group Cooking Class Package for 6-10 people

The Flying Apron offers private group cooking classes in our gorgeous Cookery School. Assemble a group of 6-10 people, select a class from our extensive list and we will provide all the ingredients for a fun group getaway! You simply show up and enjoy the class! Choose a Demo class where Chef Chris Velden prepares the menu or a Hands-on class where you work together to prepare the feast. Both class options include a full meal (3 courses) and copies of the recipes to take home. Our cooking classes are led by Chef Chris Velden. Chef Chris is a European trained Master Chef with a passion for culinary education. Our classroom is licensed so you may order something from our well-curated beverage list to enjoy during class. A minimum of six participants is required (or pay the equivalent class fee for six) and the maximum is ten people.
This group getaway includes overnight accommodations in our charming inn. Accommodations include a hot, fresh breakfast in our restaurant the next morning. Our 4-star inn offers five guest rooms and each room has its own ensuite bathroom. Available room arrangements include two rooms with a queen bed and three rooms with a king bed. In two of the rooms, the king bed may be converted to 2 twin beds for an additional fee.
Our private cooking classes are perfect for celebrations, bachelorette parties, a weekend getaway with friends or a unique corporate event.
Includes:
• Overnight accommodation for six-ten people (3-5 rooms)
• Breakfast
• Private Hands-on Cookery School Class with Chef Chris Velden (includes instruction, a 3-course meal and copies of the recipes to take home)

**We generally book private classes at least a season ahead as these dates fill quickly. Contact us to secure your date.**

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Cook with the Chef Exclusive Culinary Package for 2 people

This exclusive experience is the perfect gift for the gourmand in your life. The adventure starts with a private cooking class with Chef Chris Velden. Guests get to choose a seasonal menu for this hands-on class and work with Chef Chris to create an amazing 3-course meal from the freshest local ingredients. In addition to copies of the recipes to take home, each participant gets their very own Flying Apron apron. After the class, retire to your lovely Inn room for the night and start the next morning with a fresh, hot breakfast in our Restaurant. Before you leave, browse our Gourmet Food Shop for treats to take home and look for your next favorite cookbook in the Used Book Store.

Includes:
• Overnight accommodation for two
• Breakfast for two
• Private Hands-on Cookery School Class with Chef Chris Velden (includes instruction, a 3-course meal, 2 Flying Apron aprons and copies of the recipes to take home)

**We generally book private classes at least a season ahead as these dates fill quickly. Contact us to secure your date.**

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Public Cooking Class Schedule

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February 22, 2019
Viva Italia **Package**
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February 27, 2019
Taste of India Hands-on Class
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March 2, 2019
Maple Getaway **Package**
MAPLE GETAWAY **PACKAGE** Enjoy a sweet mid-winter escape with our Maple Getaway Package.  Saturday, March 2n …
March 13, 2019
Handmade Pasta: Colour, Flavour & Shape
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March 17, 2019
Sourdough Bread Making with Jess Ross
SOURDOUGH BREAD MAKING WITH JESS ROSS Learn the ins & outs of sourdough bread making with Jess Ross of Gol …
March 16, 2019
A Toast to the Irish **Package**
TOAST TO THE IRISH **PACKAGE** We’re calling in the luck of the Irish for this fun night out. Our Toast to t …
March 22, 2019
Salmon Class & Tour **Package**
SALMON CLASS & TOUR **PACKAGE** Our Sustainable Salmon Class & Tour Package offers the opportunity for …
March 31, 2019
Making Traditional Pickles
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March 29, 2019
Ultimate Local Getaway Package
ULTIMATE LOCAL GETAWAY PACKAGE If you love local, our Ultimate Local Getaway Package is for you! This package …

Past Events


January 10, 2018
Sunday Family Dinner Demo Cooking Class
Sunday Family Dinner Back by popular demand! Learn to create the perfect Sunday Family Dinner in this Class, a …
January 12, 2018
Pasta Making Package
Pasta Making Package Our Pasta Making Package offers the chance to make fresh pasta and use it to make a meal. …
January 13, 2018
Pasta Making Package
Pasta Making Package Our Pasta Making Package offers the chance to make fresh pasta and use it to make a meal. …
January 21, 2018
Sourdough Bread Making
Sourdough Bread Making Jessica Ross of Gold Island Bakery will teach the class all about sourdough bread makin …
January 25, 2018
Lobster Lovers Feast Demo Class
Lobster Lovers Feast Learn how to clean and cook this NS delicacy so you can have your own lobster lovers feas …
February 1, 2018
Sunny Citrus Demo Class
Sunny Citrus Demo Class Add a little zing (and Vitamin C!) to your winter meals with our Sunny Citrus Demo Cla …
February 9, 2018
Coffee & Chocolate
Coffee & Chocolate If you love coffee & chocolate, this class is for you! Sit back and relax while Che …
February 14, 2018
Valentine’s Day Cooking Class Package
Valentine’s Day Cooking Class Package Our Valentine’s Day Cooking Class Package includes a hands-o …
February 17, 2018
Thai Flavours Package
Thai Flavours Package Plan a Winter Getaway with our Thai Flavours Package: cook, eat and stay! Saturday, Febr …
March 1, 2018
Sushi Making Class
Sushi Making Class Learn all about sushi making and how to make great sushi at home; from cooking the rice to …
March 3, 2018
Cooking with Maple
Cooking with Maple Cooking with maple adds delicious flavour and of course sweetness to your dishes. Nova Scot …
March 9, 2018
Maple Hands-on Package
Maple Hands-on Package Maple syrup is not just for pancakes! Learn to use delicious, NS syrup to create both s …
March 11, 2018
Sourdough Bread Making
Sourdough Bread Making Jessica Ross of Gold Island Bakery will teach the class all about sourdough bread makin …
March 18, 2018
Sourdough Bread Making
Sourdough Bread Making Jessica Ross of Gold Island Bakery will teach the class all about sourdough bread makin …
March 23, 2018
Salmon Class & Tour **Package**
Salmon Class & Tour Package Our Salmon Class & Tour package includes overnight accommodations, a tour …
March 29, 2018
Extravagant Easter Desserts
Extravagant Easter Desserts The perfect class for those who love dessert! Learn to make some delicious new ext …
April 5, 2018
Pizza & Beer Demo Class
PIZZA & BEER DEMO CLASS Thursday, April 5th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Specialty Class $65+HST/person   Pizza & …
April 7, 2018
Sourdough Bread Making
SOURDOUGH BREAD MAKING Jessica Ross of Gold Island Bakery will teach the class all about sourdough bread makin …
April 18, 2018
Nova Scotia Cookery Then & Now Demo Class
NOVA SCOTIA COOKERY THEN & NOW Wednesday, April 18th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $70+HST/person   Learn a …
April 20, 2018
Pasta Making Hands-on Package
PASTA MAKING HANDS-ON PACKAGE Friday, April 20th – Saturday, April 21st Hands-on Class & Accommodations …
April 27, 2018
Thai Flavours Hands-on Class
THAI FLAVOURS Friday, April 27th 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75+HST/person   We are bringing this class …
May 5, 2018
Fusion Tacos Cooking Class Package
Fusion Tacos Cooking Class Package Saturday, May 5th – Sunday, May 6th Specialty Class, Dinner in your Class …
May 18, 2018
Cooking with Curry Hands-on Class
COOKING WITH CURRY Friday, May 18th 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $85+HST/person   Learn to blend spices in …
May 19, 2018
Hands-on Pasta Making
Hands-on Pasta Making Our Hands-on Pasta Making class has something to offer every participant – whether …
May 24, 2018
Spanish Favourites Hands-on Class
SPANISH FAVOURITES Thursday, May 24th 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75+HST/person   Learn to create this a …
June 2, 2018
Best of the Season Cooking Class Package
BEST OF THE SEASON **STAY & PLAY PACKAGE** Saturday, June 2nd – Sunday, June 3rd Hands-on Cooking Class, …
June 8, 2018
Sustainable Seafood Demo Class on World Oceans Day
SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD DEMO CLASS ON WORLD OCEANS DAY Friday, June 8th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $55+HST/person …
June 15, 2018
Celebrating Tidal Bay Art Fair Package
CELEBRATING TIDAL BAY **ART FAIR PACKAGE** Friday, June 15th – Saturday, June 16th Demo Class, Accommodation …
June 27, 2018
Spring Rhubarb Demo Class
SPRING RHUBARB Wednesday, June 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $45+HST/person   We are once again featuring …
June 30, 2018
Beer & BBQ Backyard Party with Schoolhouse Br …
BEER & BBQ BACKYARD CLASS WITH SCHOOLHOUSE Saturday, June 30th 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Specialty Class & …
July 5, 2018
Caribbean Flavours Hands-on Class
CARIBBEAN FLAVOURS Our delicious Caribbean Flavours hands-on class features the fresh tastes of the tropics. T …
July 18, 2018
Summer Appetizers & Cocktails Demo Class
SUMMER APPETIZERS & COCKTAILS Our Summer Appetizers & Cocktails is the perfect way to spend a summer e …
July 28, 2018
Celebrating Tidal Bay Package
CELEBRATING TIDAL BAY **PACKAGE** Saturday, July 28th – Sunday, July 29th Demo Class & Accommodations Pa …
August 3, 2018
Rhubarb 4 Ways Package
RHUBARB 4-WAYS **PACKAGE** Friday, August 3rd – Saturday, August 4th Hands-on Class & Accommodations Pac …
August 15, 2018
Fusion Tacos Hands-on Class
FUSION TACOS Wednesday, August 15th 6:30 – 9:30 pm Hands-on Class $75+HST/person   Learn to make tortillas, …
August 25, 2018
Blueberries, Tomatoes & Farm Tour Package
BLUEBERRIES, TOMATOES & FARM TOUR **PACKAGE** Saturday, August 25th – Sunday, August 26th Farm Tour, Han …
August 30, 2018
Italian Summer Evening Demo Class
ITALIAN SUMMER EVENING Thursday, August 30th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $50+HST/person   Imagine yourself re …
September 8, 2018
Salmon Class & Tour Package
SALMON CLASS & TOUR **PACKAGE** Saturday, September 8th – Sunday, September 9th Hands-on Class, Tour &am …
September 14, 2018
Garlic Fest Flavours Package
GARLIC FEST FLAVOURS **PACKAGE** Friday, September 14th – Saturday, September 15th   Demo Class & Accom …
September 27, 2018
Taste of Mexico Demo Class
TASTE OF MEXICO Thursday, September 27th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $55+HST/person   Take a vacation to Mexi …
October 3, 2018
German Favourites Demo Class
GERMAN FAVOURITES Wednesday, October 3rd 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $55+HST/person   This Demo Class feature …
October 13, 2018
Best of the Season Hands-on Class Package
BEST OF THE SEASON *PACKAGE* Saturday, October 13th – Sunday, October 14th Hands-on Class & Accommodatio …
October 19, 2018
Pears & Pairings Demo Class & Wine **Pac …
PEARS & PAIRINGS *PACKAGE* Friday, October 19th – Saturday, October 20th Demo Class, Wine Pairings & …
October 27, 2018
Hands-on Pasta Making with Fall Flavours
PASTA MAKING WITH FALL FLAVOURS Saturday, October 27th 11 am – 2 pm Hands-on Class $85+HST/person Learn …
November 3, 2018
Hands-on Pasta Making with Fall Flavours
PASTA MAKING WITH FALL FLAVOURS We’ve added a second pasta class due to popular demand!   Saturday, Nov …
November 8, 2018
Decadent Desserts Demo Class
DECADENT DESSERTS Thursday, November 8th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $50+HST/person The Flying Apron has been …
November 10, 2018
Wild Mushrooms Demo Class *Package*
WILD MUSHROOMS **PACKAGE** Saturday, November 10th – Sunday, November 11th Demo Class & Accommodations P …
November 23, 2018
Taste of Thailand Class **Package**
TASTE OF THAILAND *PACKAGE* Friday, November 23rd – Saturday, November 24th Hands-on Class & Accommodati …
November 30, 2018
French Classics Demo Class
FRENCH CLASSICS Friday, November 30th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $60+HST/person Sit back and relax while Chef …
December 1, 2018
French Classics Demo Class
FRENCH CLASSICS Saturday, December 1st 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $60+HST/person Sit back and relax while Che …
December 9, 2018
Flying Apron Holiday Market
Annual Holiday Market at The Flying Apron Shop for everyone on your list right here at The Flying Apron Holida …
December 8, 2018
Cooking Class & Holiday Brunch **Package**
NOVA SCOTIA COOKERY THEN & NOW **PACKAGE** Saturday, December 8th – Sunday December 9th Demo Class, Holi …
December 12, 2018
Flavours of Morocco Demo Class
FLAVOURS OF MOROCCO Wednesday, December 12th 6:30 – 8:30 pm Demo Class $55+HST/person We’re offering M …
December 15, 2018
Classy Cranberries Hands-on Class **Package**
CLASSY CRANBERRIES **PACKAGE** Saturday, December 15th – Sunday, December 16th Hands-on Class & Accommod …
December 21, 2018
Taste of Mexico Demo **Package**
TASTE OF MEXICO **PACKAGE** Friday, December 21st – Saturday, December 22nd Demo Class & Accommodations …
January 12, 2019
Taste of Thailand **Package**
TASTE OF THAILAND **PACKAGE** Spice up your winter with this delicious Taste of Thailand cooking class & a …
January 18, 2019
Hands-on Pasta Making Class
HANDS-ON PASTA MAKING CLASS Our Hands-on Pasta Making Class is perfect for beginners and home cooks experience …
January 19, 2019
Hands-on Pasta Making Class
HANDS-ON PASTA MAKING CLASS Our Hands-on Pasta Making Class is perfect for beginners and home cooks experience …
January 25, 2019
Winter Comfort Classics **Package**
WINTER COMFORT CLASSICS **PACKAGE** Update your comfort food repertoire with our delicious Winter Comfort Clas …
January 27, 2019
Learn to Make Kombucha
Learn to Make Kombucha Join Mercedes Brian of Pickled Pink Traditional Food & Drink and Learn to Make Komb …
January 30, 2019
Asian Fusion Demo Class
ASIAN FUSION COOKING CLASS Look no further than our Asian Fusion Cooking Class for a fresh and flavourful way …
February 1, 2019
Flavours of Morocco Demo Class
FLAVOURS OF MOROCCO Try something new with our popular Flavours of Morocco Cooking Class! Friday, February 1st …
February 3, 2019
Whole Grain Baking with Jess Ross
WHOLE GRAIN BAKING WITH JESS ROSS Learn to incorporate new grains into your baking with this Whole Grain Bakin …
February 9, 2019
French Classics and Valentine’s Brunch **Pac …
FRENCH CLASSICS & VALENTINE’S BRUNCH **PACKAGE** Sit back and relax while Chef Chris takes you on a culi …
February 13, 2019
Dinner with Your Valentine **Package**
DINNER WITH YOUR VALENTINE **PACKAGE** Do something different for your valentine this year! Take a Romantic Ge …

People are talking about our Cookery School!

Flying Apron was an absolute undiscovered gem for me as a getaway only an hour from Halifax with wonderful hosts Melissa & Chris….who is also the chef…. I needed a place to getaway to that was interesting and different where I could learn to cook more exotic dishes to add more variety to my very basic food prep repertoire. The Flying Apron was just the place! Food prep with award winning Chris as chef was wonderful, interesting, relaxed, engaging, educational….and tasty! Small group of guests were all interesting and engaged making it a beautiful experience. Local wine selection was the best of the best. I now have this wonderful getaway on my list of places to enhance my enjoyment of life! Too bad the ratings only go up to 5…..this is definitely a 10 in my books!

Incredible Getaway! Reviewed by Biz Consultant on TripAdvisor, Jan 2019

We have been there many times for a meal and it has always been excellent. Last Friday was our first time to attend the Sustainable Seafood Demo Cooking Class. It was amazing. Everything was delicious, Chef Chris is very entertaining and we earned so many wonderful tips. Melissa and Chris are wonderful hosts and we will definitely be doing a repeat!

First Cooking Class Reviewed by Patti Quinn on Facebook, June 2018

Took cooking class demo and loved it! We had squash soup that was to die for; salmon; Swiss chard; barley rissotto and ginger apple tart. So delicious! Wine and beer available. Food is local sourced. Breakfast was traditional eggs, bacon, toast, fruit, yogurt. Was included with room. All kinds of yummy things for sale in store – jam, chutney, pickled beans and more. Book store too. Upcoming workshops and cooking classes look interesting. I will definitely be back! Great little road trip to Summerville. Super summer picnic and swimming spot at quarry down the road.
Scenic views · Stylish interior · Best brunch · Cosy atmosphere · Great food · Creative cuisine · Fine dining

The food at The Flying Apron Inn & Cookery is amazing and accommodations comfortable and cozy. Recommended by Barbara Broom on Facebook, Oct 2018
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