Our Rainforest Bounty Slow Food Experience begins by awakening your senses with a delicious home-baked morning tea and local cheese platter followed by gentle stroll along the Johnstone River to harvest seasonal native ingredients and view our incredible local wildlife.
The hands-on cooking class that follows shows you how to bring out the unique flavours of Australian rainforest fruits, with your day culminating in a sumptuous lunch to share the results of our endeavours.
With each course limited to 12 places, it is important to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Visit the bookings page to check availability.
Alternatively, you may like to purchase a Cooking School Gift Voucher.
Our river-fringed native rainforest and peaceful River Pavilion is the picturesque setting for your Rainforest Bounty Gourmet Food Experience. Overlooking the exquisite Johnstone River, just a five (5) minute drive from Malanda on Queensland's Atherton Tableland, in Northern Australia.
The native rainforests have been preserved along the banks of the original property which was cleared in the 1910's for logging and 1930's for dairy farming by the Battle and Lindsay families. The 177 acre property has been lovingly restored over the past 20 years and incorporates a mixed rainforest habitat, a timber plantation, fruit orchards, vegetable and herb gardens. The latter have been grown using organic principles and many of these ingredients are incorporated into our cooking classes and condiments.
We offer a unique "forest to fork" experience which incorporates seasonal rainforest fruits and Rainforest Bounty gourmet condiments together with heirloom varieties of fruit and vegetables in our cooking classes. We also source ingredients from local organic farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisanal producers.
Our cooking classes are held at our river-side pavilion with views over the Johnstone River and the sound of birds and flowing water creating a peaceful ambiance.
Participants are guided through the recipes by our chef, using recipes which were developed from the knowledge of traditional cooks and chefs around the world. This has been incorporated into a fusion cooking style using Australian native fruits with local organic meats, wild caught local seafoods and traditional ingredients.