Thanks for enquiring about the Good From Scratch Book Tour!

I’m on a mission…to make sure Kiwi kids know what’s in their food and most importantly how to cook. In a new initiative, that includes the launch of my latest cookbook written specifically for children, The Good From Scratch Kids Cookbook, I’m hitting the road in my trusty Skoda and touring New Zealand targeting schools and other community groups linked with children.

Brought to you by ecostore!

I’m very excited because I’ve teamed up with New Zealand company ecostore and will be taking my demos to schools and community groups all over the country, opening children’s eyes to how fun cooking can be, while speaking about the importance of healthy food.

Apply to have a ‘Good From Scratch’ event in your area and if you are successful you will receive an event pack to assist you with the set up and marketing of the event.

Apply to have a ‘Good From Scratch’ event in your area and receive your event pack

If you are successful you will receive an event pack to assist you with the setup and marketing of the event.
The event pack will include:

  • A3 poster template
  • Press release template
  • Photos of Mike and the book to use for promotional purposes
  • Social media images
  • Ticket template
  • Marketing guidelines
  • Ingredients list
  • Equipment list
  • Recipes from the Good From Scratch Kids Cookbook if you would like to provide nibbles at your event.

As the event organisers, it is your choice if you’d like to make the event free for your community, or a ticketed event as a fundraiser. Any profit from ticket sales will remain with your organisation.

If you are fundraisers, we can help you connect with ecostore to take advantage of their fundraising soaps. $1 from every soap sold will go towards your cause.

As an added bonus, one lucky school that participates will go into the draw to win a free ecostore ‘Soap for Good’ starter pack for free, meaning 100% of the sales will go towards your fundraising efforts!

Mike’s New Cookbook for Kids!

Books will be available to buy at the events and also available at Whitcoulls, Paper Plus, The Warehouse and online here from October 5. Profit from book sales on the night will remain with Michael Van de Elzen.

Email Us!

If you are interested in your school or community group being part of the tour, please email with ‘Good From Scratch Kids Cookbook Tour’ in the subject heading.

The cut off for applications will be Friday 21 September.
Please include in your email:
  • Group/School name
  • Address
  • Preferred date (see schedule below). If you could do multiple dates, please rank them in order of preference. If you could do any date within the available range, please put ‘no preference’

If your area is not listed in the schedule, please send through an email with your address and group/school name and we will see what is possible!


15-19 October – Marlborough/Nelson/Tasman
22-28 October – Canterbury
29-30 October – Otago
31 October – 1 November – Southland
2-4 November – Central Otago
6 November – Picton
7-10 November – Wellington area
11-12 November – Taranaki
13-14 November – Hawke’s Bay
15-16 November – Taupo
17-20 November – Bay of Plenty
21-23 November – Waikato
25-31 November – Auckland
3-8 December – Northland