Cheese Tastes

Brisbane will go cheesey from 13 to 14 June with a cheese weekend that includes the Brisbane Cheese Awards on Saturday 13 June and Cheese Tastes, a people's day of tasting from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday June 14.

The fourth annual Brisbane Cheese Awards will be held at Royal on the Park with Master Judge, Ian Roberton, from the Australian Specialty Cheesemakers’ Association, presiding over a panel of 25 judges (including me) who will taste around 200 cheeses in 10 categories. The cheeses are from all over Australia.

Cheese Tastes ’09, on the next day, is people’s day and visitors can celebrate, taste and learn about artisan cheeses made in Australia by specialty cheese producers.

It's being touted as the largest range of Australian-made cheeses ever seen in one location. Cheese producers will offer free tastings of award winning cheeses, plus a wide range of their produce will be available for sale. Plus there'll be other gourmet food, wine and beer.

This year the action is on at Royal on the Park. It's just a 50m stroll to the Botanical Gardens so you can picnic on your cheese products and platters straight away!

Entry includes free cheese tastings and free education sessions on Fresh, White Mould, Washed Rind, Semi-Hard, Hard and Blue. First in! The free education sessions will be for up to 40 seated (plus 40 standing). A tasting plate of four samples of cheese will be given to seated participants.

You'll have to book a but there are Master Classes - “Cheese on Toast”, “Bunny in the Burrow” and desserts of “Blue Cheese and Chocolate”/“Liquid Nitrogen Goat’s Brie”. These are coordinated by Chef Gary Farrell of the Walnut Room at the Royal on the Park. Gary is a fabulously creative chef who introduced 'Dinners in the Dark' to Brisbane last year - now that's a dining experience with a difference. These are truly great value at $35 per 90 minute session and includes lunch and a glass of wine.

Tickets to Cheese Tastes and Master Classes are available from Ticketek. Early bird tickets are $25 until 5pm on 10 June 2009, then $30 from 11 June and at the gate. Master Classes are extra and feature 2008 winning cheeses.

Discounted entry is also available with a promo card! These are available from all cheese retailers in town. One promo card will provide two adults with a $5 discount per person on entry.

The Brisbane Cheese Awards is held in conjunction with the Australian Specialty Cheesemakers’ Association

Who won in 2008?
Lord Mayor’s Cup – People’s Choice Best Cheese (Sunday event) Udder Delights – Goats Brie
Primary Industries Cup for Champion Cheese- Fromart - Appenzell
Department of Tourism Regional Development and Industry Cup for Best Queensland Cheese - Fromart - Appenzell
Palatable Partners Cup for Best Blue Vein Cheese - Bangalow Cheese - Byron Bay Blue
Black Pearl Epicure Cup for Best White Mould - Hunter Belle - Camembelle
Rosalie Gourmet Market Cup for Best Cheddar - King Island Dairy - Black Label Cloth Matured

Fresh Curd - Soft:Milawa - Goat Curd, Meredith - Ashed Chevre
Fresh Curd - Textured: Udder Delights - Chevre, Olympus - Fetta
Fresh Curd - Matured:Woodside - Edith, Woodside - Masquerade
Fresh Curd - Marinated:Yarra Valley - Goats Medallions, Meredith - Goat Cheese
White Mould:Locheilan - Kaarimba Soft, National Foods - Heritage Signature Camembert,
King Island - Loorana Brie
Blue Mould:Udder Delights - Adelaide Hills Blue, King Island - Endeavour Blue,
Gallo Dairy – Gallozola
Washed Rind: Woodside - Vigneron, Woodside - Pompeii, Witches Chase - LI Washed Rind
Cheddar: King Island - Cloth Matured, Witches Chase - Caerphilly
Semi-hard-cooked style: Fromart - Appenzell, Hunter Belle - Belleyere
Hard-cooked style: Milawa - Capricornia, Dairy Farmers - Mil Lel Parmesan