Did anyone ever expect COVID19 lockdowns to last this long? What started off as a pleasant break from social obligations and day-to-day chores has turned into a craving for human connection. We miss our friends, we miss our families, we miss get togethers and big lunches and birthday parties. And with some countries now lifting restrictions on social distancing, it’s finally time to get social again. But what does socialising look like in a post-COVID environment?
If you’re not yet able to host large gatherings in your state, or if you’re not ready to dive back into the potentially infected world, we’ve got some ideas for you. Here are 3 ways you can socialise during COVID19 lockdown and restrictions period.
1. Host a cooking class
If you’ve run out of things to talk about and are dying for a fresh, new experience after lockdowns – here’s something for you. Gather 3 or 4 of your closest mates and get silly, creative, and seriously good at cooking with a cooking class. A lot of workshops and cooking classes are still closed to the public, but what you can do is hire a private chef to teach you and your friends how to cook impressive meals.
Always wanted to learn how to make pasta? Or maybe you’re more interested in dumpling making. What about pizza dough? Or cooking with edible flowers? Maybe you’d rather dive into some molecular gastronomy… whatever it is that takes your fancy, a private chef can teach you the tricks. Our private chefs have cooked all over the world, in all sorts of cuisines, and will pass their knowledge on in a fun, interactive, and hands-on way. If you’re feeling competitive – turn the cooking class into a masterchef cook off!
2. Go on a truffle hunt
Heads up: it’s now truffle season across NSW and VIC. So why not take a few of your best buds, pack a good lunch, and set off into the bush to forage for delicious seasonal truffles? Truffle hunting is a great way to reconnect with nature after being in quarantine for so long, and to get those legs moving after months of lockdown. Breathe in the fresh air, chat away with your friends as you walk, and keep your eyes peeled for those precious truffles.
At the end of the day, take the truffles you’ve found and cook up a fresh, gourmet dinner at home. Don’t know how to cook with truffles? Well, why not bring over a private chef to teach you?
3. Have a bake-off
If you can’t tell, we’re obsessed with food… and who isn’t? When you’re looking for human connection, the best way to find it is through food. And maybe that’s why so many people have turned to baking as a way to pass time during COVID19 lockdowns. If you’re one of those people – and even if you’re not – why not host a bake-off with your friends and family? It’s a great way to socialise, share some laughs, and enjoy some homey comforting food while you’re at it.
Gather a few friends and plan a day for the bake-off. Let everyone arrive at the designated kitchen with ingredients ready and their own appliances (we don’t want any fighting here!) Give yourselves a time limit for delivering the goodies, and get to it. When the food is ready to present, take the role of judges and critique each other’s masterpieces. A real gem of a day – and you don’t even have to leave the house!