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With three MOULD sessions in Melbourne, competition for the People’s Choice was tougher than ever before. With thirteen hours total of tasting… the crown could have been anyone’s!

As it turns out, there was one clear winner. And that was…. drumroll please… MILAWA CHEESE!

Victoria’s own Milawa Cheese was voted the best at each of the three sessions, making them also the overall winner for 2018. Well done, team!

Below are the top three results for each session.


  1. Milawa Cheese Co.
  2. Tolpuddle
  3. Boatshed Cheese


  1. Milawa Cheese Co.
  2. Section 28
  3. Coal River


  1. Milawa Cheese
  2. Shaw River Buffalo
  3. Section 28

Melbourne Cheese Chats 2018

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We want you to get the most out of your MOULD experience, so in 2018, we’re offering masterclasses for FREE! Led by Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. with guest cheesemakers as co-hosts, three informal “cheese chats” will run at various times throughout the sessions.

Each session is FREE but spots are still limited, so will be capped at two spots per transaction. Reserve your place by booking via the below link. You also must have a MOULD GA ticket, corresponding to the cheese chat session, to be eligible.

This cheese chat focuses on cheese made with “raw” (or unpasteurised) milk. For this session, Haddow will be joined by Kym Masters from Adelaide’s Section28, to take you through a tasting of several raw milk cheeses paired with different beers and wines.

Haddow will be joined by Shaw River Buffalo’s Thea Royal to discuss cheese and beer matching. Bruny Island Cheese Co.’s Metric Tomme and Fresh Hop Washed Rind cheeses will be paired with two Bruny Island Beer Co. beers, and Shaw River’s award-winning Annie Baxter Special Reserve will stand up against brews from La Sirene.

Pyengana Dairy’s Dave Bennett will pair his cheddar with Starward’s Solera whisky, and Paul Wilson from Nimbin Valley Dairy will match his Saint Billie to Staward’s wine cask whisky in this whisky and cheese pairing session. Discover for yourself what makes this combination so special.

Session times:
Friday 4th May: 6pm Beer and Cheese; 7pm Whisky and Cheese
Saturday 5th May AM: 12pm Raw Milk; 2pm Beer and Cheese
Saturday 5th May PM: 6pm Raw Milk; 7.30pm Whisky and Cheese



Your 2018 food menu, Melbourne!

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You probably could live on cheese alone, but where’s the fun in that? To complement the cheesy offering (and soak up all that delicious booze) may we present your food menu, Melbourne!

Maker & Monger

Fondue grilled cheese toastie: gruyere, comte, shallots, garlic, wine ($11)
Fondue grilled cheese toastie special: fondue with Gary’s free range Berkshire ham off the bone & Dijon mustard ($13)
Flaming Reuben: Q Le Baker rye bread, seeded mustard, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, Robbin’s Island wagyu brisket pastrami & cheese ($13)

Harper & Blohm

Heidi Farm Raclette served on steamed Jones Potatoes with cornichons (GF) ($12)
The Classic grilled cheese toastie: Pyengana Cheddar, Heidi Farm Gruyere, Section 28 Raclette with caramelised onion ($12)
The Blue grilled cheese toastie: Milawa Blue, pear, rocket & walnuts ($12)
Welsh Rarebit & Leek: Pyengana Cheddar with Grand Ridge Stout, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, cayenne pepper & leeks ($12)

Burn City Smokers

Smoked Cheese Kranksy Hotdog – bbq sauce, jalapeños, cheese kransky, mustard and aged cheddar
Beef Brisket Cheese Burger – 14 hr smoked beef brisket, bbq sauce, mustard, pickles and jack cheese.
Smoked Mushroom Burger – smoked portobello mushrooms, bbq sauce, salsa verde, slaw and shaved pecorino.

Bruny Island Cheese Co.

Fondue $15
Fondue with shaved black truffles $25

48h Pizza and Gnocchi Bar

Gnocchi trevigiano w Gorgonzola blue cheese, radicchio and Vincotto $15
Gnocchi Napoli w tomato sauce and Parmesan cheese $12

Cannoleria by That’s Amore

Sicilian Cannoli: sweet ricotta, cinnamon and pistachio crumb ($5)
Chocolate Cannoli: chocolate ricotta and chocolate chips ($5)
Blue Cheese and Figs: blue cheese ricotta and caramelised figs ($5)

Fino Foods

Peppered fig paste
Baby pickled figs
Peach & muscatel chutney
Baby cornichons
Dried red & green apple
Dried pear
Seedless muscatels

Mt Zero

Fried spiced olives stuffed with curd $9
Warm olives with mandarin & fennel $5
Sandwich pressed falafel with tahini $9


Your 2018 drinks list, Melbourne!

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Cheese and wine is a popular pairing, but it doesn’t always work. Except for at MOULD. We’ve curated a drinks offering specially designed to pair well with cheese. Wine importer Campbell Burton has selected the wines – except for the rosé which was made just for the festival. We’ve got the best beer and cider producers in the state. Shaun Byrne from Maidenii is running a standalone vermouth bar, Starward is bringing a range of whiskies, and Hartshorn Distillery will have its sheep’s whey gin and vodka.

There may even be some more surprises on the day.


2013 Sylvain Martinez ‘Gazouillis’ Chenin Blanc, Anjou
2015 Bodega Cueva Macabeo, Valencia
2012 Verge Bulle a Zero, Macon
2007 Carriel dels Vilars ‘Rosat Escumos’, Penedes

2017 Manon Forest ‘High Paradise’, Savagnin Chardonay Garganega, Adelaide Hills
2017 Borachio ‘Gold Tooth’ Savagnin Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills
2014 Jerome Guichard ‘Vin d’Montbled’, Chardonnay, Macon
2015 Gregory White ‘White is Blanc’ Grenache Blanc Terret Bourret, Languedoc
2014 Jerome Lambert ‘Melodie en Sous Sol’ Chenin Blanc, Anjou

2013 Verge Balaise Oxidative

Valentine Wines GSM Rosé

2017 Sam Vinciullo ‘Red / White’ Merlot Semillon
2017 Sam Vinciullo ‘Red’ Merlot Cabernet
2016 Tomas Torres ‘Jove’ Tempranillo Syrah
2016 Bodega Cueva ‘Vi-Viu’ Syrah
2009 Carriel dels Vilars Negre
2015 Schnabel Blaufrankisch vom Sausal, Styria


Regal Rogue
Causes & Cures
Adelaide Hills

Beer and Cider

La Sirène Brewing
Sample Brew
Bruny Island Beer Co.
Napoleone Cider
2016 Yahou Fatal ‘C.N.T’, Auvergne Cider
2012 Le Pelut ‘Babiole’, Rousillon Cider


STARWARD Distillery – whisky
Hartshorn Distillery – sheep’s whey gin and vodka