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Attend a high tea, learn how to bake or buy Christmas eats
As a child, I sat in the kitchen of a sheep farming property and helped my great aunt make a batch of lamingtons. She cut out the sponge into exacting squares. I was allowed to help her dip these in chocolate and immerse them in coconut before she laid them carefully aside, out of my reach. I thought surely she would relent and offer me one. But, 'no,' she said, 'these are for the CWA'.
From that time on, I have always associated the CWA (the Country Women's Association) with being based in the county, of being excellent cooks and of eating all my lamingtons.
So, it came as a surprise to learn that the CWA has a number of city chapters and that they organise many baking or produce related events that the public can enjoy. At these, you get to eat their lamingtons and other tasty treats including there famous scones.
Perhaps the first event worth knowing about is that every month they hold a traditional high tea at the CWA's Victoria Headquarters in Lansell Road, Toorak.
There is an old mansion style dining room and you get a variety of homemade treats served on elegant china. There are the CWA's legendary scones, jam and cream as well as freshly made ribbon sandwiches and warm savouries. The CWA has moved with the times and gluten-free and vegetarian options are available on request.
CWA Christmas Cooking Fair 2019
Then every Christmas, the Country Women's Association of Victoria also hold a Christmas Cooking Fair, which is again at their Toorak based headquarters in Lansell Road Toorak. Their next one is on Saturday 7th December 2019 from 9am to 2pm. The fair runs from 9am to 2pm Their fair and fare focus on home baking, using traditional recipes.
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There are also a number of events during the year at various branches that involve learning how to make scones and jam making. For those, it is best to keep an eye on some of there Facebook groups for forthcoming events. Click here and here.
One already out for 2019 is on making jam as a way of using up your excess summer fruit. This is a free demonstration organised by the CWA Port Phillip on Tuesday, 29 January 2019 from 7pm to 9 pm at the Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre(154 Liardet Street, Port Melbourne).
While this is a free event, you must book your place on their Facebook page. Click here.
But there is more to the CWA than meets the mouth. The CWA is Australia's largest women's organisation. Their aim is to improve conditions for women and children, lobby for change, and become a part of a network dedicated to supporting local communities. They welcome women of all ages and backgrounds to join and share the friendship. Not to mention that some of them are also very good cooks.
And according to the ABC, this is the actual recipe for the CWA's famous scones click here.