Judith Cullen Photo Supplied

The Bannockburn Arts organisers will soon be announcing the inaugural 2022 Bannockburn Arts School full programme and tutors.

They can’t wait to share the details of their exciting programme, which will occur on 4-7 October.  It will be followed by the annual Bannockburn Arts Exhibition in the Cairnmuir Woolshed.

As a peek taster for what is ahead, co-organiser Jan Hudson has confirmed that well-known chef and food writer Judith Cullen has agreed to present one of the offerings.  She’ll be taking a small group of foodies on a virtual cook’s tour, which she is calling Travels in My Kitchen.  Each day, the group will immerse themselves in the cuisine and culture of one of the countries that Judith has been taking tour groups to for many years.  They can expect to by in virtual France one day, Italy the next, Turkey the next and so on – all the countries that Judith herself is passionate about.

Jan says, “We are so delighted to have Judith on board.  Her remarkable career has encompassed many aspects of her greatest passions – food, travel and garden creation.  Having moved to our area, she is currently creating a new garden.  With recipes and menus which focus on Central Otago ingredients and seasonal variation, her classes will inspire and cater for every skill level.”

Judith is perhaps most well-known for her small-group travels to her favourite places in the world.  Your week at Bannockburn will be unique, informative and fun, and you will be using the wonderful products of Central Otago to produce the flavours of Europe.

The Eat Taste Central 2022 will be on at this time, and so will the AWE concerts, so visitors may well decide to extend their stay.

The full Bannockburn Arts School will feature a wine masterclass week with our best local winemakers, classes in visual arts, clay sculpture, poetry, family memoir, creative writing and photography.  Best of all, the tutors will be highly respected, talented artists and tutors, and all from our local region.

Each evening, there will be different entertainment and visits available for the hundred or so participants to opt into if they choose, including a visit to Poison Creek, the amazing nationally-recognised sculpture part in the Central hills, and culminating in the opening of the Art Exhibition on the Friday evening.

If you would like to join the mailing list for the announcement of the full programme, please e-mail to janhudson@xtra.co.nz  You will need to respond promptly once the programme is out, as groups will be kept very small, on a first-come-first-served plus waiting list basis.

Meanwhile, save the date: 3-7 October, 2022