Australians have a soft spot for cheese; cow or goat, stinky or mild, hard or soft. Come September, there’s a new festival coming to Melbourne that will kick this cheesy love affair into overload.
In it’s inaugural year, Mould A Cheese Festival, presented by Bottle Shop Concepts in partnership with renowned cheese-maker and author of Milk Made Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese Co, is bringing Melbourne one day of serious cheese eating and discovery with the country’s favourite blue, brie, washed-rind and fresh cheeses.
‘Mould’ has teamed up with producers from around the country – including Yarra Valley Dairy, South Australia’s Woodside Cheese Wrights, Pyengana Dairy Company from Tasmania and Victoria’s Holy Goat Cheese– who will be on deck at North Melbourne’s Meat Market on Saturday 2nd Septemberfor tastings, cooking demonstrations and masterclasses.
Alongside tastings of the best Australian cheeses, the festival will feature artisanal cheesemongers including Melbourne’s Maker & Monger with its grilled cheese sandwiches and ‘flaming Reubens’, and Harper & Blohm’s raclette. Tivoli Road Bakery will also set up shop with breads and other baked goods, and for dessert, Pidapipó will serve cheese-flavoured gelato.
Festival-goers can wash down their cheese with drinks from the well-stocked bar, brimming with Patrick Sullivan (Gippsland, Victoria) wines and Pennyweight (Beechworth, Victoria) wines. Melbourne’s Starward whisky, Stone & Wood beer and Napoleone cider are also on board to compliment the cheese perfectly.
Tickets on sale via http://www.mouldcheesefestival.com/buy-tickets/. The price of admission includes one drink, a Plumm wine glass and tastings of the best Australian cheeses housed under one roof.