What’s On: Ruth Pretty’s Christmas Fiesta

Imagine bold colours, vibrant summery tastes and festive flair. Perfect for a summery New Zealand Christmas celebration as Ruth Pretty puts the Fiesta into Festive Season with her special Christmas cooking classes (classes start October 19 and run until December 21).

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Ruth’s Christmas classes are legendary for their lively approach and this year she is loving the idea of mixing up relaxed dishes bursting with flavour to create a colourful, happy and welcoming Christmas table. A Christmas Fiesta.

“The idea is to mix things up. Not necessarily set courses. Lots of different dishes, so there is always something for everyone: seafood, meat, salads and vegetables, fresh as can be and exploring fun, festive flavours. And sensational desserts,” says Ruth.

“These days Christmas celebrations are much less traditional than ‘the olden days’ when I was a child.

“Around the table there are likely to be small kids, mums and dads, grannies, in-laws and ‘out-laws’ and possibly a few family friends as well. Not to mention a range of dietary requests.”

The menu is top secret at this stage, but there are excited reports of mouth-watering aromas coming from the Kitchen. Presentation is always a highlight at a Ruth Pretty Christmas class with lots of ideas to “borrow”.

So get a group of friends or family together and let Ruth and her team inspire your own Christmas Fiesta. Remember these classes book out quickly.

Classes cost $240 and run from 10.00am – 4.30pm, morning tea served from 9.15am. Classes start October 19 and run until December 21. See www.ruthpretty.co.nz for a full list of dates.


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