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Each day of this weeklong foodie adventure in north-central Washington will be filled with an exciting assortment of food, fun, gardens, and farms. You will eat, enjoy, and encourage your inner cook, while being immersed in learning the culture and history of heirloom sustainable farming food practices. After a delicious day of preparing regional dishes, sampling authentic local produce, and rediscovering the joys of cooking, You will rest and renew nightly in boutique lodging.
Located in the center of Washington State, nestled on the banks of Mission Creek, Cashmere Cider Mill and Farmhouse provides a natural setting for productive, engaging, and memorable meetings, as well as events centered around local grown garden goodness. Cashmere Cider Mill Orchard Farmhouse is a historical haven originally built in 1910 and recently restored for another century of hospitality. Guest suites, overlooking Mission Creek, will become your relaxing country escape, set among world famous pear and apple orchards. All house amenities may be combined for small group celebrations, reunions, retreats, and private vacation rentals.
Each discover heirloom cuisine program is hand-crafted and designed with you in mind. You will have the chance to share and work with authentic chefs and food artisans; their talent showcasing the best of the region. You will experience a full immersion into heirloom cuisine, culture, and lifestyle. This thread is maintained within each unique program. Each course will offer you valuable knowledge, and will surely be delightful and delicious. They are guaranteed to fill your senses with taste, touch, and smell, as you reflect, connect with the present, past, and future, while also offering a glimpse into the lives of farmers.
Start off each day with breakfast each morning. You will enjoy adventure excursions to artisan producers, local farms, markets, cider mill, vineyards, and recreation. There will also be hands-on cooking classes, each culminating in a sumptuous meal, generally lunch or dinner. Group transportation is also provided through the course to go to workshops, tours, or class events, that you may desire. You will be given a personal discovery kit extras, journal, class recipes, gourmet gift shipper, and a diploma upon completion.
Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely stroll as you are greeted by light faire foods, cultivated and created in apple country, and slip into the mood of heirloom cuisine. Stroll through the fruit orchard, while sampling regional fruit. With a glass of artisan cider in hand, your evening continues with an introduction to an array of seasonal selections, while you assist in preparing the welcome feast. If the weather is fine, you will enjoy the appetizers outside, next to the babbling Mission Creek, in the shadow of the North Central Washington mountains, within the famous apple capital of the world. After the appetizers, prepare to enjoy the evening faire and dining, with your classmates, at the Cashmere Cider Mill, for the multi-course meal. This will be your first sample of the exceptional flavors and aromas, that you will be immersed in during your week.
Begin your day with a luxurious breakfast served by your hosts. Travel to the heirloom garden, and enjoy a fresh market tour, where luscious displays of locally produced ingredients await. Join your classmates in preparing the perfect choice for the evening's dinner menu. Depending on the season, there may be gorgeous bunches of asparagus, fresh garlic or basil, Swiss chard, and tiny spring beets, or heirloom peaches, apples, or pears. Your picnic lunch, served at a boutique winery, showcases the regional bounty, and includes wine tasting with winemaker Warren Moyles of La Toscana. After the meal, you will be in the mood to sight see and indulge in the regional beauty.
Seasons definitely change, so depending on the weather, your recreational time may include white water rafting on the Icicle River, kayaking the Horan preserve, or winter snowshoeing through the fruit orchard. Return to the inn to summarize all you have learned and put your knowledge to use during the afternoon culinary workshop. You will discuss the importance of buying locally produced ingredients, as well as the relationship with growers and artisans. The lesson will include a special chef demonstration, as you prepare the evening dinner faire. The evening will also include a very special cheese tasting with Artisan cheese maker, Katha of Alpine Lakes.
This morning, you will be baking bread. The aroma will definitely remain in your memory as you create Lady Blush heirloom apple butter. Preservation techniques will be discussed, as well ass peeling, paring, and coring heirloom apples, and the finer details on bread baking. Your very own jar of apple butter will be tucked into your personal gift shipper to enjoy back home. A visit to the orchard, local bakery, or candy shop will complete the morning before the appointed picnic lunch.
The early afternoon hours provide free time to explore or enjoy at leisure. You will come together in a fresh herb garden, where you will receive instruction on the importance that herbs have for flavor, as well as their health benefits. There, you will taste, touch, and smell heirloom herbs and have the chance to harvest your personal bouquet for an enhancing dinner. You will join the grower chef in making selections and creating a 30-mile heirloom dinner menu, to indulge in together.
Begin the day with an aromatic orchard blend coffee and move through your morning of Ag-Science lessons with exclusive access to the back roads, as well as a behind the scenes look at growing your very own backyard heirloom varieties. Join the lively industry associated with growing tree fruit, as you learn to hone your very own skills for orchard management, pruning techniques, responsible water management, and nursery choices. Special guest presenters will share their wealth of knowledge.
Relax over lunch and reflect alongside the creek at the Cider Mill with a chilled artisan cider. Bask in your early afternoon, while exploring nature through art lessons, river rafting, kayaking, fishing, bicycling, or a Bavarian village guided tour. Join your team in assembling appetizers and prepare a farewell dinner. In the evening, you and your fellow classmates will be celebrating the end of the week with certificates of completion of your culinary course.
Enjoy a leisurely farewell breakfast with your lodging hosts and be sure to take home your very own Lady Blush artisan cider collection. A complimentary latte and pastry will be waiting for you. Lounge by the creek to the nature tunes of Missions Creek, sip a cool glass of cider, and crash on the grass before catching your airline flight.
This holiday will take place in Cashmere, Washington.
This culinary holiday celebrates agriculture, promotes beauty, and creative atmosphere through travel explorations, as you follow in the footsteps of the farmers. You will discover cross-cultural agriculture and reality experiences. The culinary adventure program will provide the connection of personal substance through relationships and sustainable, natural foods.
During your holiday, you will sample authentic regional dishes, learn to cook a wide variety of delicious and filling meals, and taste some of the best apple cider, which you will not soon forget. Menus are chosen carefully to reflect the region and feature seasonal heirloom produce. They will include meat, cheese, and grain selections, as well. For any special dietary needs, please let Cashmere Cider Mill during the time of reservation.
Please arrive at Pangborn Memorial Airport (EAT). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Cashmere Cider Mill will pick you up from the airport.