Shaw River Buffalo Wins GOLD at the World’s Biggest Cheese Show

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Yep, that’s right. One of our Mould cheesemakers, Shaw River Buffalo, won gold at the 120th annual International Cheese Awards held in Nantwich in Cheshire, England, last week.

The Annie Baxter Special Reserve, a classic Shaw River cheese that underwent an additional four months maturation to give it a natural rind, sharper flavour and increased depth of flavour and texture, won the award for Best Australian Cheese (any variety). This win was particularly exciting for cheesemaker Thea Royal, who says it’s “the first time we have explored ageing one of our cheeses”.

And it wasn’t the only prize Shaw River took home. Its Lady Julia Cheddared Buffalo Cheese took out the silver medal in the Best Australian Cheese (Mature Cheddar) category; and the standard Annie Baxter took out bronze in the Best Australian Cheese (any variety) category.
The awards are considered the biggest and most influential in the cheese world, with over 5,500 entries from 50 countries, and 250 expert judges.

“When you enter the International Cheese Awards it’s always with a sense of trepidation. There’s just so many cheeses in the mix. To come away with three medals is an incredibly humbling result,” says Royal.

 

Maker and Monger

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Tell Us Your Story!
The monger from down under!
I’ve been living and breathing (smelling of) cheese for the last 10 years 🙂 I was brought down to Melbourne in 2010 to run Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder’s prestigious cheese room and from there I was lucky enough to design and help build Australia’s first underground cheese maturation caves and retail room at Spring St Grocer. In 2015, I decided to follow my dreams further and start my own business by opening Maker & Monger’s chariot of cheese at Prahran Market. I’ve represented Australia at the Cheesemonger world championships in Loire Valley, France and came 4th in 2013.

Tell us three things about your style of cheeses and what makes them unique?
Deliciousness factor
Igniting the senses
Everyone loves molten cheese

Do you have a favourite Cheese pun?
It ain’t easy being cheesy!

Hard or Soft?
Both!!!

Best cheese and booze match ever?
Comte and Ganevat Chardonnay

Funniest cheese making experience?
Coming face to face with a Brown snake at 6am on my first day on the job with Holy Goat Organic Farm and watching one of the ladies take a shovel to it whilst I stood there contemplating changing my pants 😉

Nimbin Valley Dairy

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Tell Us Your Story!
Nimbin Valley Dairy produces a range of cow and goat cheeses under the brands of Nimbin Valley , Byron Bay Cheese and Byron Bay Butter Co. All milk is sourced from our farm that overlooks the Nimbin Valley and the famous village of Nimbin, in northern new south wales

Tell us three things about your style of cheeses and what makes them unique?
handmade, authentic, pasture raised milk from our free range animals

 

Mount Zero Olives

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Tell Us Your Story!
Mount Zero Olives is a family owned olive grove three hours west of Melbourne on the northern edge of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia. Commitment to flavour, sustainable farming and a passion for quality ingredients defines Mount Zero and all that we gather.

Tell us three things about your olives and what makes them unique?
1. We support Australian farmers because we believe that Australia has the best produce in the world
2. We have Greek people tell us we have the best Kalamatas!

Do you have a favourite Cheese pun?
We find puns too cheesy, mostly briecause we’re not gouda at them

Hard or Soft?
Our olives are medium. If brined correctly they shouldn’t be hard or soft.

Best cheese and booze match ever?
When they’re both matched with olives.