Caribbean Cruise series of cooking classes at Jones Family Farm offers a good winter break!

If you are tired of winter but can’t afford a cruise to the islands, consider the next best thing, the Caribbean Cruise series of cooking classes being offered by Jones Family Farm in Shelton!

Jones Family Farm located on 606 Walnut Hill Road in Shelton is a popular vineyard as well as a pick your own and Christmas tree farm. In keeping with the farm to table movement, Jones Family Farm has been offering cooking classes over the past few years that are limited to just 12 lucky participants.

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To kick off 2016, Jones Family Farms is offering a Caribbean Cruise Series of cooking classes that will take place in April and May. Registration is open and each class offered is $90 and runs from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Participants will receive an apron to take home as well as recipes. Classes fill up quickly, so if you want to go on a cooking “cruise”, sign up soon by visiting the website.

The concept for these classes are to explore the “pepper pot” of various island cuisines. Jones Family Farm’s instructor will highlight the local food specialties that evolved from their heritage countries of influence.

The first “cruise” is Celebrating Passover in Curacao on April 23, 2016. Participants will make Charoset Balls, Fried Red Snapper, Hot Cucumber and Radish Salad, Baked Plantains, Stuffed Dates, and Panlevi Cookies.

Next, in the series is the beautiful island of Jamica on April 30. Pumpkin Soup, Curried Lamb with Mango Chutney, Coconut Rice and Peas, and Duckunoo (Sweet Potato Dessert) are on the menu.

The French Island of Martinque is the next island on the cooking cruise that takes place May 7. Participants will learn how to make such specialties as: Hearts of Palm Vinaigrette, Callaloo with Crab, Sautéed Corn & Snow Peas, and Beignets de Banane.

The final stop in the cruise series is the island of Cuba on May 14. Specialties on this menu includes: Pollo con Pina (Chicken with Pineapple), Moros y Cristianos (Beans & Rice), Roast Calabaza, and Coconut Flan.

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Please note that the the menu items above are tentative, and subject to change based on what’s seasonally available! For more area information on where to go and what to see and do visit www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com

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