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Antonelli’s Cheese Shop is bringing back their highly successful Adult Summer Camp Series to help spread the joy of artisan food-making to all of Austin. Sure, this sounds like a “Portlandia” sketch just waiting to be filmed, but once you see what you’ll be making you’ll want to embrace your inner (or outer) hipster.

Starting July 24, each Sunday afternoon at shop will partner with local food and beverage creators to give campers the chance to make a variety of foods including chocolate, pickles, cider, and more. Each class is from 1-3pm and costs $60 per class, plus the cost of materials. Learn more and register for class at Antonelli’s website. While you’re there be sure to check out their regular cheese classes and events to round out your summer of food learning.

Classes include:

Sunday July 24, 1-3pm, Bean to Bar Chocolate Making with Laura Atlas of Kiskadee Chocolates

Students will learn the process of making bean to bar chocolates, learn how flavor changes through the different steps, and come away with a bar of her chocolate and a greater understanding of the process!

July 31, 1-3pm, Pickling Summer Produce with Sheena’s Pickles

Hands-on where students will learn how to pickle cucumbers and other veggies. Sheena will show how to make brine as she talks through lacto-fermented vegetables and vinegar-based pickles. Also learn how to avoid common pitfalls (soft, non-crispy pickles) and how to create some of Sheena’s favorite flavors like Bread and Butter, Dill, and Texas Heat!

August 7, 1-3pm, Homebrew Cider with SoCo Homebrew

 Students will learn how to brew hard cider (a perfect pairing with cheese!). The class will consist of an intro into the history of cider making, a tasting of several cider styles to look at and sample, and an overview and demo of the process of cider making. We’ll start the process of making cider with ingredients that allow each student to design their own special cider. We’ll learn all the steps and components required for successful results and there will be instruction of what to do at home when the fermentation is over!

August 14, 1-3pm, Advanced Bread Making with Miche Bread

Sandeep of Miche Bread will share his expertise with the class, bringing some of his breads to sample during class! He’ll go over the process of advanced bread making and do demonstrations of each step. He’ll talk about different whole grains, how to experiment with them, and show how to freshly mill flour in your home. Each student will take home some freshly-milled flour, some of his sourdough culture, and recipes to try.

August 21, 1-3pm, Intro to Urban Beekeeping and Honey Tasting with Two Hives Honey

Tara of Two Hives Honey will be sharing a detailed overview of the urban beekeeping process and sampling different styles of honey. Learn honey bee biology and behavior and learn about the inner workings of a hive, students will even get to check out a frame of bees and/or an observation hive! You’ll leave this class with a good sense of whether beekeeping is for you and what steps to take if you want to move forward as well as some honey to take home.

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