Trent Hills Culinary Experience

Trent Hills Culinary Experience

Join us for this one-of-a-kind culinary experience in Warkworth, ON nestled in the municipality of Trent Hills on September 20th.

Head out of Toronto (1.5 hours away) for a day of hands-on culinary fun in the picturesque small town of Warkworth where 'eat local' takes on a whole new meaning.

You'll start your day at the Warkworth Town Hall Centre of the Arts with sweet treats and coffee to power you through the day. And then it'll be right on to a hands-on food photography workshop and preserving demo with Dennis Prescott and Joel MacCharles followed by a delicious and locally prepared lunch.

Then get ready to paint the town! Well maybe not literally but next up you'll be heading out into Warkworth to meet some of the local food artisans and growers. You'll get to hand-paint your own chocolate bars at Centre + Main Chocolate, help make butter tarts at The Bakery - Warkworth and forage with Nikki aka Green Moxie. Oh and did we mention, you'll be heading home with three of your very own hand-painted chocolate bars, 1/2 dozen butter tarts to enjoy at home and your very own tea blend (you can share if you want).

We'll follow that up with a Cocktail Hour hosted by WellPreserved which will also provide the opportunity to wander Main Street and check out some of the other amazing local shops in Warkworth. And to wrap the day, the talented and champion of all things local Chef Douglas Hope of Sper Food & Farm will be cooking dinner for us along with some local producers that you'll get to meet one-on-one!

You'll head home full and happy with new friends, new experiences to write about and share and, of course, some food.

This workshop is also the fifth stop on the three week long 2018 FBC Great Canadian Road Trip.  Check out the Road Trip itinerary for more fun stops throughout Canada!

Meet Your Session Leaders

You'll spend the day learning from this talented team of speakers. They'll be sharing their expertise and leaving lots of time to answer your questions. You can read their full bios here.

Dennis Prescott

Dennis Prescott

Dennis will be bringing his formidable photography and styling skills to Trent Hills to help you take your photography skills to the next level. With over 400K Instagram followers, he knows his stuff! He'll cover styling, lighting, action shots, developing your signature style and how to set up and shoot so your work can be repurposed on your blog and multiple social media platforms. He may even put his chef skills to work and cook for us!

Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison Well Preserved

Joel MacCharles & Dana Harrison

Joel and Dana are the authors of Batch and the voices behind, your resource for all things preserving. Joel will be doing a real time preserving demo during our food photography workshop with Dennis Prescott that you'll actually get to shoot! Capture all those action shots like pouring, stirring and hands making things. After our full day of making, Joe and Dana will be hosting our pre-dinner Cocktail Hour with some special cocktail recipes just for you!


Your Trent Hills Culinary Experience ticket gives you access to all the workshops held during the day.

The food photography workshop will be done with the entire group at once.

After lunch, you'll be divided into small groups and rotate through chocolate painting, butter tart making and a foraging workshop  -  so everyone will get the opportunity to experience each hands on session in a very intimate environment.

Food Photography Workshop

Food Photography Workshop

Dennis Prescott will lead you through this hands on food photography workshop accompanied by a live preserving demo with Joel MacCharles.

What You'll Learn

* how to prep and shoot ingredients
* how to take action shots - pouring, stirring, hands moving, ingredients transforming, people in the shot
*how to style and photograph the finished product
* lighting tips and techniques
* styling and propping your shoots

Please bring a camera (DSLR, phone or P&S are all welcome)
Tripods are not required but will be useful

Chocolate Painting Workshop

Ever marvelled over hand painted chocolates when you visit your local chocolatier? They look like works of art!

During this one hour, hands on workshop at Centre + Main Chocolate Co. you'll learn how to paint your own chocolate bars and then get to take them home and show off (if they make it that far!).

Owner Angela will introduce you to their small batch production of chocolates and bars with boldly flavoured with some of your favourite add-ins and some surprising new ones. And then you'll get to work creating your own masterpieces!

chocolate painting and Centre and Main Chocolates
the Bakery Warkworth Butter Tarts

Butter Tart Workshop

What makes a perfect butter tart? Is it raisins? No raisins? Nut? No Nuts? Or just a straight-up maple syrupy inside with nothing added? We'll probably never come to a national consensus on perfect butter tart filling but we'll sure enjoy arguing about it!

The Bakery - Warkworth prides themselves on sourcing as many of their quality ingredients from no more than 50km away and they're going to run you through your butter tart making paces as they help you assemble a trio of perfect tarts that will be baked up and made ready for you to take home before the end of the day (again, providing you don't eat them first!).

It's your choice if you want to argue with fellow attendees about which filling is the right one!

Event Details

  • When: 10:00 am - 9:oo pm Sept 20th, 2018
  • Where: Warkworth Town Hall Centre For the Arts
  • Tickets: $350 CDN
  • Ticket includes food photography workshop, chocolate painting workshop, butter tart workshop, a foraging workshop, lunch, cocktail hour, dinner and snacks
  • you will have the opportunity to meet the makers and growers and talk to them throughout the day as well as some free time to explore Warkworth's Main Street
  • What to wear: this is an active day so please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Avoid wearing anything too loose that may get caught on photography equipment or a hot oven
  • all attendees will have goodies to take home with them

Come Join In The Culinary Fun!

This is the ultimate day of culinary exploration for the gourmand who loves everything about food.

Come join us for a day of delicious experiences!

Warkworth Town Hall Centre For the Arts

Town Hall

Our Warkworth/Trent Hills stop will be based out of Warkworth Town Hall Centre For The Arts - a wide open space full of light!  This will be our home base for the day and will host our food photography workshop and our meals and cocktail hour.

40 Main Street
Warkworth, ON
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Warkworth Town Hall Centre For the Arts

Stop #5 on the FBC Great Canadian Road Trip

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