Bring the kids along on a culinary adventure that will delight their palates. You can take your kids to regional chocolate factories where they can make their creations (while you indulge in licorice or whisky). There are also clever cooking schools that aim to inspire mini-master chefs.
You can show your kids the origins of food by visiting an exotic orchard with tractor tours or staying overnight on a farm. There are also indoor and outdoor options if you want to get messy and eat a Chinese meal with chopsticks and fingers.
Sweeten up your day.
The Riverina area is home to the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory. Inhale its intoxicating aromas of licorice and dark chocolate. On weekdays, take a tour to see how these delicious sweets are made (such as dark chili chocolate macadamias, chocolate-coated cherries, and raspberry licorice). Or, on weekends, get your hands dirty and make your giant chocolate freckles, rocky roads, and smash cakes.
Corowa Whisky and Chocolate, located in Corowa along the banks of Murray River, is housed, like the sister licorice manufacturer further north, in a former flour mill. Kids can also create a giant freckle and pat the highland cattle. The Factory is located in Gosford and Central Coast. It produces nougats, marshmallows, and chocolates. The Factory offers guided tours for children aged 5 to 14.
What could be more entertaining than a weekend of yum-cha? Learn how to order a bamboo basket and plates at one of Sydney Chinatown’s restaurants. You can join the queue for The Eight on the upper floor of Market City. Once inside, it would be best if you looked out for the barbecued pork buns and mango pancakes. The Palace Chinese Restaurant, Mr. Wong, and other cult favorites are located further up the road.
Spice World on Sussex Street, a playful outpost of China’s largest hotpot chain, offers quirky creations like a doll covered in wagyu slices. Peeling off the pieces to dip into a hotpot is the best way to enjoy this strange creation.
Visit World Square and marvel at the incredible assembly line. Din Tai Fung workers are in full view as they fold each of their famous soup dumplings (xiaolongbao).
The outdoor Asian food court in Chippendale is a great place to take messy kids. No one cares about the noodles that fly off their plates.
Fresh is Best
Tropical Fruit World is a region in Tweed, Australia, that grows over 500 unique fruits from all around the globe. There are also lesser-known fruits such as jackfruit, black sapote, and jaboticaba. Visit the fruit market or go on a 2-hour orchard tour, which includes a tractor ride, fruit tasting, and a bushland cruise.
Explore the Hawkesbury Harvest Farm Gate Trail in greater Sydney. It includes delicious locations such as Shields Orchard, Pine Crest Orchard, and Hillbilly Cider Shed. The seasonal calendar will tell you the best time to go and pick your fruit. This includes apples, pears, citrus, stone fruits, nuts, and vegetables.
Pine Crest Orchard, Bilpin
The Sydney Fish Market is a great place for kids to see all the fresh seafood, including prawns. Crabs, fish, and oysters. They can also help choose what they want for lunch (alongside the pelicans and seagulls) or dinner that evening.
Back to Basics
Farm Stay is a great way to show kids the origins of their food. The five-bedroom Jervis Bay farm stay at Woollamia is pet-friendly and has a veggie patch and a chicken coop where the finders find the eggs. The ‘funhouse room’ is separate from the main living area, and the package includes high tea with alpacas.
Ba Mack Farmstay is located in central western Queensland, 25 minutes from Mudgee. It’s a working sheep farm. You can help feed farm animals, which may include providing a lamb a bottle. You can also collect eggs and go on a horseback ride. As part of their stay, parents can leave children to bake afternoon tea (hallelujah!) for four hours. At the same time, they explore Mudgee’s world-class wineries.
Other favorites include Jamberoo Valley Farm Stay and Cottages, a permaculture working farm with cottages that overlook the picturesque valley, and Iris Lodge Alpacas, where you can have breakfast with friendly alpacas.
Children’s cooking classes
The majority of cooking classes cater to adults. Sydney Cooking School in Neutral Bay, Sydney’s No,rth caters to gourmet-minded children aged five and offers a variety of styles. The little ones can learn to make banana coconut bread, sushi, and empanadas. At the same time, tweens between 10 and 12 years old can expand their Mexican repertoire by learning to make chicken mole, salsa tomatillo, and chocolate fondant. Teenagers can prepare a three-course meal, while families are encouraged to cook together and create kid-friendly dishes or desserts.
Kids Love to Cook is a mix of online and face-to-face cooking classes. Themes have included Indian meals and Italian pasta making.