Sylvan Lake’s recreation and culture department is stirring things up a bit this fall, chopping some of their staple youth cooking classes and mixing in some new skills for young chefs to learn.
“It was getting a bit stagnant,” explained Trevor Killam, recreation program co-ordinator for the town. “Kids were still coming out, but we wanted to offer something different.”
Starting Sept. 12 and running into December, there will be eight different courses available for budding chefs. Classes include building a balanced breakfast, lunch and learn, chocolate heaven, fall comfort foods, candy creations and crazy cakes, cookies and cupcakes. There will also be junior and senior bakers classes, with a Christmas theme. Each class is an hour and 15 minutes and they run once a week for three weeks. Some classes are for kids aged five to eight and some are for kids aged nine to 12.
“These are new classes with different recipes and different things for kids to try,” explained Killam. “This will help kids gain confidence in the kitchen, learn how to be safe and to make something healthy and more substantial.”
The classes are taught by recreation department staff, to keep the costs as low as possible. There are no pre-requisites for any of the classes, so kids can start learning at any time.
“Our maximum is eight kids per class,” said Killam. “But you’ll see kids trying different cooking classes.”
Information and sign up is available through the recreation and culture section of the town’s website or by calling the town office. There are also youth art classes and drama programs available.