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Update to the post. Since the time of my Khinkali experience, the Georgian Feast team have been in touch to announce that the café they are residing in is now known as Geo-Cafe with immediate effect. It’s still the 10 Prospect Street site in Caversham.

It’s November, which means that in my opinion we are now well and truly into party season, so what better way to celebrate than with a party where you’re involved in making the food? Let me tell you more about it…

What I’ve been up to

It was my absolute pleasure to be invited down to Georgian Feast’s Khinkali Workshop at Geo-Cafe, (ex-Nomad Bakery) a couple of Sundays ago, to get involved in making some dumpling-style parcels that I’d never heard of before.

Solo

Keti, the woman behind the magic, calls the classes “parties” because in Georgia, where she’s from, making of Khinkali symbolises party time as it’s a group activity that you would undertake with friends, family and neighbours.

Where is it?

Hosted at Geo-Cafe, the new home of Georgian Feast, it felt a little like I’d walked into somebody’s house because it was cold and dark outside while inside was warm and welcoming. Not to mention Keti’s family also joined us to help with the cooking while we worked on the making of Khinkali. With the other attendees, there were six of us learning how to knead, fill and pinch the dough into the required shape and I have to say I think we all did rather well…with some careful guidance from Keti!

The Best Part

In my opinion, the most fantastic part of this experience is that you also get to relax, eat, drink and chat. It’s not a workshop where you spend the whole time making something, it’s a celebration of food and community where you learn a new skill. Though I must admit that I lost the Khinkali challenge, only managing to eat six of the delicious dumplings, while my peers managed between 9 and 11 each!!!

pile of dumpling parcels on chopping board

Georgian Feast is now based at Geo-Cafe:

10 Prospect Street
Caversham
RG4 8JG

www.facebook.com/thegeorgianfeast

Workshops are £40 per person.