Fromage fanatic frenzy at Portside on Sunday

The big cheese docks at Portside Wharf this Sunday (September 9) for Queensland's largest cheese festival, The Brisbane Cheese Awards (BCA) from 10am to 4pm.

Thousands of fromage fanatics are expected to descend on the trendy riverfront precinct as artisan cheese producers from around Australia put their best cheese forward.

Be it blue, brie or the best cheddars in the country, there will be something to suit every palate as thousands of dollars worth of free cheese is tasted amidst a host of other entertainment including master classes from some of the best in the business.

Internationally recognised cheese expert, author and TV personality, the delightful Will Studd will host education sessions, and beer writer and educator Matt Kirkegaard will be there to teach participants that cheese and beer is the perfect match.

Beer expert Matt Kirkegaard and cheese man Michael Dalton

BCA President Michael Dalton says event space has doubled this year along the riverfront at Portside Wharf in anticipation of another highly successful festival.

"The festival has gone from strength to strength, last year attracting several thousand people to the fabulous Portside Wharf," he said.

"The event is the largest and most successful cheese festival in Australia and has become one of the most prestigious food events on the Brisbane food calendar.

"Queenslanders are the largest consumers of cheese in Australia and we have some of the best boutique dairies in the country.

"The success of these awards are a testament to our love for cheese and our ability to produce cheeses that match some of the best in the world."

Michael said there will be thousands of dollars worth of free cheese to be tasted and given away complemented with a host of boutique beers and wines.

"Festival goers can tantalise their tastebuds with free cheese and there will also be food for purchasing including freshly cooked raclette cheese on sour dough with caramelised onions, the winning cheese toasties from the public Facebook competition and the ever popular grilled halloumi along with condiments of olives, breads, biscuits and boutique beers and wines," he said.

"A masterclass hosted by Matt Kirkegaard, one of the leading independent beer educators in the country, will teach guests the art of matching cheese with beer - a dazzling combination that is too-often overlooked.

"Meanwhile, Australian cheese specialist Will Studd will be presenting a master-class on the production of raw milk cheeses, Australian cheese in comparison to international cheese and the development of the Australian Cheese industry from inception to now and what's in store for the future."

The Brisbane Cheese Awards are run on a not-for-profit basis by a team of dedicated industry volunteers with the aim of promoting the appreciation of artisan Australian cheese.

A judging panel of 24 industry experts, food writers and top chefs will sample nearly 200 artisan cheeses in ten categories including Best Queensland Cheese, the Lord Mayor's Cup and the Best Home Cheese Maker Encouragement Award.

Gates open 10am

Entry $10 per person at the gate (no pre sales)

Children under 16 free

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