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North Pole University

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Saturday 5 December 2020
12pm - 5pm
FREE Virtual Event


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The North Pole University was a cracking success!

In a virtual Christmas workshop extravaganza like no other, we learnt from some of Melbourne’s most talented craftspeople, chefs and artists, as they played ‘faculty’ for a day, along with award-winning actor, singer and all-round crowd favourite, Tim Campbell as host, who guided the class through like a campus cool breeze on a hot summer day, ensuring everyone ‘graduated’ in style, with fancy new skills to boot!

Watch the recordings of Darren Purchese’s Gingerbead house Masterclass, learn how to style your Christmas table like a pro thanks to the team at Creating Beautiful, take a sneak-peak into Fed Square’s Greenhouse by Joost for a summer sides cook-up with celeb chefs Matt & Jo, watch a makeup makeover with the talented Jade Kisnorbo and check out our cocktail masterclass with Timeout Melbourne’s Bartender of the Year, Nick Tesar.

See the videos below!

Kids Christmas Art with NGV & Artist Kenny Pittock. 39mins.

First up we saw a colourful Christmas card-making session with NGV Kids favourite, artist Kenny Pittock. A hit with little ones and big ones alike!

Gingerbread House Masterclass with Darren Purchese. 29 Mins.

If you’ve always dreamed of making a gingerbread house, now is your chance. Don your apron and join dessert darling Darren as he takes you through this sweet n’ spicy festive fave, step-by-step.

Get the recipe here!

Carols by Daylight with Miss Karen from Hello Music. 27 mins. 

We all knew carol singing would look a little different this year. But, during the day? And karaoke style!? Join Carols by Daylight with Hello Music in a virtual choir session that covered all the classics and left us all giggling in the chancel.


Festive Beauty Tutorial with Jade Kisnorbo. 44 mins.

The North Pole University saw celebrity Makeup artist Jade Kisnorbo and the delightful Tyleisha Lloyd-Smith take us through not one but two festive looks to ensure you are putting your best face forward this silly season.

Ultimate Summer Sides with Joost, Matt Stone & Jo Barrett. 38 mins. 

We crossed live to Fed Square’s Greenhouse by Joost, the 100% self-sustaining temporary home of celeb chefs Matt and Jo, as they whipped up some amazing summer sides made from produce grown and harvested inside the greenhouse itself. Enjoy!

Get the recipe here!

Table Styling with Creating Beautiful. 55 mins. 

Earn your festive stripes in table styling thanks to the team at Creating Beautiful. Watch and see how easy it is to pair intricate arrangements with everyday pieces so that you can wow your special peeps come Chrissy Day.

Mixology Masterclass with Nick Tesar. 22 mins. 

We saw Timeout Melbourne’s Bartender of the Year and word-class competition bartender, Nick Tesar, take us through a Christmas cocktail class using seasonal Australian ingredients, intricate techniques and whole lotta flair. Bottoms up!

Get the recipe here!

Thanks to everyone who joined our first ever North Pole University. You passed with flying colours, congrats! Download your certificate here.

And shout out to Liz H for taking home the Teacher’s Pet prize. Just for getting involved, Liz scored $1,000 in vouchers to spend this Chrissy thanks to Myer, Mecca, Coles and Dan Murphy’s.

Photography credit: Dorman Creative Photography

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