Your DRINKS LIST for Sydney, 2019!

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Wine with cheese is great… but have you tried some other amazing options, like beer, cider and sake? We love them and want you to, too! Here’s what we’ll have to wet your whistle on the day – we challenge you to try something a little different.

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Bruny Island
Bruny Island Beer Co.

Taste
Farm Ale
Cloudy Bay IPA
Whey Stout
Oxymoron
Lighthouse Ale
Second Breakfast
The Long Paddock
2018 Metric Stout

Tap – $8.50/Schooner
Farm Ale (Tasmanian Pale Ale)
Whey Stout (A sweet Stout enriched with whey)
Oxymoro (Dark Pale Ale)

Bruny Island Wine

Haddow & Dineen ‘One Hundred Days ‘ Méthode Ancestrale, 2019 – $15 by glass, $50 by bottle
Haddow & Dineen ‘Grain of Truth’ Pinot Gris, 2018 – $15 by glass, $50 by bottle
Haddow & Dineen ‘Private Universe’ Pinot Noir, 2018 – $15 by glass, $50 by bottle

Willie Smith’s Cider

Organic Cider
100ml Taste – $2.50
355ml can or glass – $8

Traditional Cider
100ml Taste – $2.50
355ml can or glass – $8
4 pack – $20

Kingston Black Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

Yarlington Mill Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

French Blend Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

Starward Whisky

Taste
Starward Nova – $96
Starward Solera – $125
Starward Two-Fold – $65

Cocktails
Orchard Spritz – Starward Two-Fold, Fresh Mint, Sparkling Apple – 10
Nova & Tonic – Starward Nova, Fever Tree Tonic, Grapefruit – 10
Solera Spritz – Starward Solera, Peach & Green tea, Fever Tree Dry Ginger – 12
Starward Whisky Flight – Tasting of Starward Two-Fold, Solera & Nova – 15

P & V Merchants

Good Times Wines – $10 by glass, $45 by bottle
Pet Nats/Fizz (everything!)
Light, fresh whites
Textural, exotic whites
Orange wines/skin contact wines
Light, fresh, chilled reds
Reds of power and presence

Baller Wines – $20-30 by glass, $95-200 by bottle (some by bottle only)
Amazing wines of Jura
Red wines of Piedmont with a focus on Barolo
Grower Champagne
Incredible, artisan Burgundy
Avant-garde Austrian wines

Maidenii Vermouth

Taste
Maidenii Dry Vermouth
Maidenii Kina Quinquina
Maidenii Classic Vermouth
Maidenii Sweet Vermouth

Cocktails
Tonic & Tonic (Maidenii Kina Quinquina & Tonic Water) $10
Dry & Dry (Maidenii Dry Vermouth & Dry Ginger Ale) $10
Classic (Maidenii Classic Vermouth & Soda) $10
Negroni Spritz (Maidenii Sweet Vermouth, Gin, Bitter Syrup & Soda) $15

Black Market Sake

Producer/Product/Region/Style/Year/Size/100ml/Bottle
Chiyo Shuzo, Nara, Moromi Nigori, Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Nigori, 2019, 720ml, $12/$67
Mutemuka Shuzo, Kochi, Mutemuka, Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $11/$64
Miyako Bijin, Awajishima, Kumo no Miyako Bijin, Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$67
Mioya Shuzo, Ishikawa, Yuho Yamaoroshi, Junmai Kimoto Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$67
Moriki Shuzo, Mie, Tae no Hana – Kimoto, Junmai Kimoto Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$71
Miwasakura Shuzo, Hiroshima, Omusubi, Junmai Kimoto Nama Genshu, 2018, 720ml, $10/$62
Akishika Shuzo, Osaka, Okushika, Junmai Ginjo Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2011, 720ml, $17/$98
Heiwa Shuzo, Wakayama, Yuzushu, 720ml, $9/$53
Ota Shuzo, Shiga, Umeshu, 720ml, $8/$49
Kimino, Sparkling Yuzu, (Soft Drink), 250ml, $5/($108 case)

Hartshorn Distillery

Taste
Vodka $70
Gin $90
Oaked $100
Liqueur $40

Cocktails
Hibiscus and Whey – a refreshing and floral blend of Sheep Whey vodka, lemon and hibiscus infused syrup.
Martini – A classic with a Tasmanian twist. Sheep Whey Gin or Vodka, Lillet Blanc, stirred down and served with a single rose petal floating on top.
Gin and Tonic – Capi Tonic with our Sheep whey Gin and a delicate rose dust sprinkled on top

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Your DRINKS LIST for Brisbane, 2019!

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There’s more to cheese matching than wine. In fact, we think some of the best pairings are actually beer, cider and sake. Here’s what we’ll have to water you on the day – we challenge you to try something a little different.

Bruny Island
Bruny Island Beer Co.

Taste
Cloudy Bay IPA
Whey Stout
Oxymoron
Lighthouse Ale

Tap
Farm Ale (Tasmanian Session Ale) – $9/glass
Whey Stout – $9/glass

Bruny Island Wine

‘No Name’ Pinot Noir, 2017 – $9/40 (150ml/bottle)

Willie Smith’s Cider

Organic Cider
100ml Taste – $2.50
355ml can or glass – $8

Traditional Cider
100ml Taste – $2.50
355ml can or glass – $8
4 pack – $20

Kingston Black Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

Yarlington Mill Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

French Blend Cider – 750ml
100ml Taste – $2.50
200ml can or glass – $8
Bottle – $30

Starward Whisky

Taste
Starward Nova – $96
Starward Solera – $125
Starward Two-Fold – $65

Cocktails
Orchard Spritz – Starward Two-Fold, Fresh Mint, Sparkling Apple – 10
Nova & Tonic – Starward Nova, Fever Tree Tonic, Grapefruit – 10
Solera Spritz – Starward Solera, Peach & Green tea, Fever Tree Dry Ginger – 12
Starward Whisky Flight – Tasting of Starward Two-Fold, Solera & Nova – 15

Maidenii Vermouth

Taste
Maidenii Dry Vermouth
Maidenii Kina Quinquina
Maidenii Classic Vermouth
Maidenii Sweet Vermouth

Cocktails
Tonic & Tonic (Maidenii Kina Quinquina & Tonic Water) $10
Dry & Dry (Maidenii Dry Vermouth & Dry Ginger Ale) $10
Classic (Maidenii Classic Vermouth & Soda) $10
Negroni Spritz (Maidenii Sweet Vermouth, Gin, Bitter Syrup & Soda) $15

Campbell Burton Wines

Sparkling (100ml/bottle)
2naturkinder Bacchus Pét-Nat, Franken, 2017 – 9/63
Sylvain Martinez Rosa Bul Pet Nat, Chenin/Grolleau, Anjou, 2017 – 12/80
Benoir Camus L’Idigene Gamay, Beaujolais, 2011 – 12/80

White
Pierre Boyat Pure Laine Chardonnay, Macon, 2015 – 11/75
Le Picatier Le Blanc Chardonnay, Roanne, 2016 – 10/65
Jordi Llorens Blan 5-7 Macabeo, Conca de Barbera, 2016 – 10/65
Sam Vinciullo Sauvignon Blanc, Margaret River, 2018 – 9/57

Orange
Jerome Guichard Rapilleres Chardonnay, Macon – 12/84

Rosé
Sam Vinciullo Red/White Shiraz/Sauvignon, Margaret River, 2017 – 9/57

Red
Sam Vinciullo Cow Town Shiraz, Margaret River, 2017 – 9/57
Tomas Torres Jove Tempranillo/Shiraz, Vallencia, 2016 – 8/55
Manon Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, 2017 – 9/57
Bodega Cueva Bobal, Valencia, 2017 – 11/75

Cidre
Yahou Fatal Widre Apples/Chardonnay, Auvergne, 2017 – 13/90

Black Market Sake

Producer/Product/Region/Style/Year/Size/100ml/Bottle
Chiyo Shuzo, Nara, Moromi Nigori, Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu Nigori, 2019, 720ml, $12/$67
Mutemuka Shuzo, Kochi, Mutemuka, Junmai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $11/$64
Miyako Bijin, Awajishima, Kumo no Miyako Bijin, Junmai Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$67
Mioya Shuzo, Ishikawa, Yuho Yamaoroshi, Junmai Kimoto Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$67
Moriki Shuzo, Mie, Tae no Hana – Kimoto, Junmai Kimoto Muroka Nama Genshu, 2017, 720ml, $12/$71
Miwasakura Shuzo, Hiroshima, Omusubi, Junmai Kimoto Nama Genshu, 2018, 720ml, $10/$62
Akishika Shuzo, Osaka, Okushika, Junmai Ginjo Yamahai Muroka Nama Genshu, 2011, 720ml, $17/$98
Heiwa Shuzo, Wakayama, Yuzushu, 720ml, $9/$53
Ota Shuzo, Shiga, Umeshu, 720ml, $8/$49
Kimino, Sparkling Yuzu, (Soft Drink), 250ml, $5/($108 case)

Hartshorn Distillery

Taste
Vodka $70
Gin $90
Oaked $100
Liqueur $40

Cocktails
Hibiscus and Whey – a refreshing and floral blend of Sheep Whey vodka, lemon and hibiscus infused syrup.
Martini – A classic with a Tasmanian twist. Sheep Whey Gin or Vodka, Lillet Blanc, stirred down and served with a single rose petal floating on top.
Gin and Tonic – Capi Tonic with our Sheep whey Gin and a delicate rose dust sprinkled on top

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods // Tarrawingee, VIC

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Our story

In 2013 we packed up our young family and traded the cold concrete of inner city Melbourne for a run down farm in tiny Tarrawingee.  We saw the potential to convert an 1850s stone coach house and 120 acres of fertile soil in the foothills of Victoria’s High Country into a sustainable farm, small goat dairy and farmstead cheesery.  Our dream was to produce small batches of cheese by hand using only the milk from our animals. We also wanted to open the farm gate to visitors, so people could come and meet the goats and taste the cheese in the very place where it was made.  With no farming, dairy or commercial cheesemaking experience we were on a steep learning curve, but we threw ourselves into it and haven’t looked back! We now produce fresh goat milk and a range of specialty goat cheeses, which we sell direct from the farm, at accredited farmers markets in Melbourne and North East Victoria, and through select retailers and restaurants in our region.  Our cheeses include a silky fresh curd, marinated lactic cheese, two soft-ripened lactic cheeses, a semi-hard alpine style cheese (made only in Spring) and a dense creamy blue (made only in Summer). Some of these cheeses are only made seasonally to bring out the best in the milk.

Our milk

We only use milk from our own animals. We milk a small herd of Saanen goats. At the moment there are around 38 in production, but this will increase to 60 come Spring.  The girls are milked just once each day, always mid-morning after they have had the chance to wake up, stretch their legs and have a browse.  We think that this is better for their health and wellbeing, which translates into a higher quality milk for cheesemaking.

Our goats

There are around 100 goats in our herd, although only 38 are productive milkers.  Our girls are joined at around 18 months, 3 years and 5 years to ‘freshen’ our milk supply.

Our cheeses

We are best known for our signature cheese ‘Great Alpine Road’.  It is a small soft-ripened lactic goat cheese inspired by our all-time favourite cheese from France – Chabichou.  Great Alpine Road has a fudgy core and wrinkly rind, but develops a soft, gooey paste as it matures.  It is a gorgeous looking cheese on a cheese platter and delicious when served with a tart fruit paste and full-bodied white wine.

Farm gate/cellar door

Our farm gate is open to visitors Wed-Sat, Sundays during school holidays and most public holidays. We have a cellar door where visitors can come and taste our range of products and farm shop filled with other delicious produce, beer, wine and gin from our region.  Visitors can sit in the farmhouse garden and enjoy a cheese platter with a glass of vino.  Once a month we have Farm Open Day with live music, gourmet food and farm tours as well.

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods
70 Rusholme Road, Tarrawingee, VIC
03 5725 1759

tolpuddle.com.au

Hunter Belle Dairy Co. // Hunter Valley, NSW

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Hunter Belle Dairy is a family-owned business by Jason and Annie Chesworth, their kids Teddy and Vinnie, and Jason’s parents Geoff and Tania.
Jason manages the day-to-day at the factory – this includes sales, production scheduling, wholesale and distribution, mentoring young trainee cheesemakers and being “Mr Fix It” on the pasturiser/milk line whenever needed. Annie takes care of marketing and HR, packs orders and invoices, deals with customers and enquiries, runs social media and helps out in the packing room when needed. Teddy and Vinnie eat lots of cheese and drink as much milk as they can!
They are a family of dairy farmers (Jason is seventh generation) and have always been in the Hunter Valley in NSW. It was Jason’s parents who originally purchased the small cheese factory and after a small stint on My Kitchen Rules in 2013, Annie and Jason put everything into cheese and haven’t looked back.
They no longer farm their own livestock, instead using milk from a single herd of Brown Swiss cows from a dairy farm just 40kms from their cheese factory.
You can visit the Chesworths, either at the cafe Jason’s parents own in Muswellbrook, or the shop in Pokolbin. They sell fudge, gelato, giftware and of course, cheese. Make sure you pick up one of their signatures; either the Briebelle (triple cream brie) or the Black Magic which is really special – Briebelle with a centre of fermented garlic.
Hunter Belle Dairy Co.
44 Guernsey Street, Scone NSW 2337

PEOPLE’S CHOICE 2018: SYDNEY

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With three MOULD sessions, competition for the People’s Choice was tough. A combined fourteen hours of tasting meant the crown could have gone to anyone!

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

Well done, team!

TOP 3

  1. Milawa Cheese Co.
  2. Bruny Island Cheese
  3. Grandvewe

Your P&V Wine List, Sydney

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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. The guys from P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants have 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, Black Market Sake is bringing a range of sakes, and Hartshorn Distillery will have its sheep’s whey gin and vodka.

There may even be some more surprises on the day.

Core list

Pet Nat
Frankly Bob

White
Rizza 370ml

Orange
Jumpin’ Juice

Chilled Red #1
3Pinots 370ml

Red
Little Reddie Metcalfe

Baller List

Champagne
Champagne Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blanc NV

White
Les Dolomies Croix Sarrant Savagnin
Les Dolomies Les Combes Chadonnay
Domaine Valette Pouilly-Vinzelle
Domaine Valette Pouilly-Fuisse
Domaine Valette Vire-Clesse
Domaine Valette Macon-Chaintre

Orange
Radikon Jakot 500ml
Radikon Oslavje 500ml
Radikon Sivi Pinot Grigio
Radikon Slatnik
Okro’s Wines Mtsvane

Rosé
Zurab Topuridze Chkaveri Rosé
Tschida Rose

Red
Bindi Block 5 Pinot
Bindi Original Vineyard Pinot Noir
Jean Foillard Côte du Py Morgon
Occhipinti SP68
Bondonnio Barbaresco
Ellio Sandri Barolo

MOULD MENU: SYDNEY

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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, Sydney!

The Artisan Cheese Room

Raclette Toastie $10
Oozy L’Artisan Organic Raclette on organic sourdough with cornichons & dijon.

Mumbai Spiced Toastie $10
Section 28 Tomme du Vallee, fresh green chilli and coriander chutney & ground spices on organic sourdough.

Epic Pizza

Fat Tony: Tomato, mozzarella $7/slice
OK USA: Tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, oregano $7/slice
Sweetgreen: Garlic, mozzarella, spinach, ricotta $7/slice

AGAPE Organic

Antipasto plate – beetroot hummus, marinated olives, tapenade, fennel pickles, flatbread $12
Roast wagyu beef taco, tomato, coconut & coriander salsa, mayo, slaw, soft corn taco $9
Mushroom tostada, truffle mayo, caramelised onion, chervil, slaw $9
Nachos – wagyu beef chile con carne/veg/vegan with cheddar, tomato sauce, chimmichurri, sour cream, corn chips $14
Slow roasted pulled pork belly rice bowl, crackling, miso bbq, pickles, chimmichurri, rice & quinoa $16.5
Beet & citrus cured king salmon rice bowl, matcha aioli, pickles, sprouts, wakame, rice & quinoa $16.5
Chips $9

The Fermentary

Kimchi cheese toastie $12
Milk Kefir Labna with red kraut and Sake Lees Cracker $8
350gm Krauts $15 – Danish Red Kraut or Smokey Jalapeno Kraut
Water kefir $6 – Strawberry Black Pepper, Lime & Mint or Fig & Ginger
Flavoured Milk kefir $5 – Blueberry or Coffee
350gm Labna in Mt Zero Olive Oil with garlic & herbs $15
Milk kefir scoby kit $25.00
Book: Ferment for Good by Sharon Flynn $39.50

Fino Foods

Peppered Fig Paste
Pickled Baby Figs
Peach & Muscatel Chutney
Baby Cornichons

$8.00 each. Pack of three $20.

Mount Zero

Olive cones

CHEESE CHATS: MOULD Sydney

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You’ll learn just by eating, but if you want to up your knowledge even more then make sure you sit in on one of our MOULD ‘Cheese Chats’. From raw milk, to beer and cheese matching, to the science behind yeast and mould, there’s something for everyone.

And the best bit? They’re free! Spots are limited though, so first in, best dressed.

RAW MILK

This Cheese Chat focuses on cheese made with raw (unpasteurised) milk. For this session, Bruny Island Cheese Co.’s Nick Haddow will be joined by Pecora Dairy’s Michael McNamara, ethical farmer and advocate of the raw milk industry, to take you through a tasting of a selection of raw milk cheeses matched with beers and wines. 

BEER & CHEESE

Just in time for the warmer weather, Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. and Thea Royal from Shaw River Buffalo Cheese will get to together to talk about spring cheeses paired with spring beers. 

YEAST & MOULD

Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co. (he wrote the yellow book) and Sharon Flynn from The Fermentary (she wrote the blue book) will talk all things mould, yeast and fermentation. They’ll also touch on tradition and flavour over a tasting of a great selection of snacks.

SESSION TIMES

SATURDAY
12pm – Raw Milk
2pm – Yeast & Mould
6pm – Yeast & Mould
7pm – Beer & Cheese 

SUNDAY
12pm – Raw Milk
2pm – Beer & Cheese 

Your 2018 Cheese List, Sydney!

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QLD

Frolicking Goat
Bûche & Bûche Noir:
The Bûche is a classic French-style goat cheese. The aroma is unmistakably goat cheese – in a pleasant, mouth watering way. The taste is complex, tangy, some fruitiness with some lingering acidity. The paste has a creamy mouth feel. The cheese will develop more flavours as it ages and will become drier in texture. The DIAA gold medal gave the Bûche Noir an invitation to the 2017 Australian Grand Dairy Awards. The Australian Grand Dairy Awards are like a final series of the gold medal winners of the larger, prestigious dairy competition. The Bûche Noir won a gold medal at the 2017 & 2018 Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show (Ekka). It was also crowned the 2017 & 2018 LendLease Champion Queensland Cheese or Dairy Product of Show and in 2018 as the Champion Non-bovine cheese.
Mount Cotton & Mount Gravatt:
The Mount Cotton develops the strongest taste of this range of cheeses. The Mount Cotton takes a little longer to develop its more pronounced flavour and takes a while to ripen through the paste. It doesn’t have the smoothness and politeness of the Bûche. For those looking for a bolder and stronger tasting goat cheese, this is the one for you! The Mount Gravatt develops similar flavours to the Mount Cotton – just not as strong. The Mount Gravatt is a stunning addition to any cheese platter. If you like a stronger tasting goats cheese without quite the boldness of the Mount Cotton, the Mount Gravatt is a good selection. Our farm is on a hill and we look one way to Mount Cotton and the other way to Mount Gravatt.
Jessie & Liesel:
This cylindrical shaped cheese is our take on the Chabichou du Poitou or Chabis – a fundamental cheese to that region. This cheese is a larger cheese than the Crottin which some people might be more familiar with. The shape of these cheeses cause the cheese to have a stronger, slightly more acidic flavour than the Bûche and a more crumbly texture.
Halloumi:
Our halloumi is made from 100% goat milk. It is a salty, brined unripened cheese that is not rubbery as some Halloumi can tend to be.

NSW

Nimbin Valley Dairy
St Billie:
St Billie is a surface ripened lactic goat cheese similar in style to the classic goat cheeses from southern France. (80g) The firm and smooth paste has grassy and goat flavours. The rind is slightly chewy with a grassy and mouldy flavour. Its definitely a goat cheese but with a lot of other interesting flavours going on. Traditionally this type of cheese is eaten warm and drizzled with honey. It really does benefit from pairing with something sweet such as very ripe figs. An excellent addition to salads with nuts and a sweet fruit.
Blue Goat:
Blue Goat is a mild, firm blue cheese that becomes softer with age. The paste is pearly white with ribbons of blue running throughout. Whole wheels weigh 2.5kg and portions are a minimum 100g. The mild blue flavour becomes stronger with age along with additional fruity flavours. This is a blue cheese for those who don’t usually enjoy goat products. It can be eaten with a good bread or goes particularly well as part of a salad and is definitely lifted by pairing with some sweet fruit such as grapes or figs. A great addition to pizza.
Tintenbar Triple Cream:
Tintenbar Triple Cream is a classic bloomy white mould cow milk cheese with extra cream added and has a luscious yellowish paste with a white mould rind. (150g) When young the soft creamy paste has a mushroomy flavour which contrasts well with the less ripe chalky and acidic core. With age the chalky core disappears and becomes very soft and gooey throughout and may have a slightly ammonia aroma. Best eaten at room temperature with crusty bread or crackers. Can be used as the centre piece in a salad with strongly flavoured leaves such as rocket and some nuts. A well matured cheese will benefit from unwrapping and leaving at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to eating.
Nashua Washed Rind:
Nashua Washed Rind is a cow milk cheese that pays homage to the stinky soft cheeses from northern France such as Epoisses. (150g) It has a luscious yellowish paste with a mixed white and orange rind which is slightly sticky. When young the soft creamy paste has a mild mushroomy flavour which increases considerably with age giving mushroom, grassy and barnyard flavour notes. This is a cheese that you know is in the fridge when you open it, but its bark is much worse than its bite! Nashua is a cheese that should be enjoyed with stronger flavoured wines or even fortified wines. Pair it with a strong sour dough or a lighter crusty french bread to enjoy the full flavour of the cheese itself. Nashua is a hearty full flavoured cheese so it is best combined with milder ingredients when preparing a meal. Chunks baked with thinly sliced potatoes, garlic and a small amount of milk or cream create a wonderfully rich potato bake.

The Pines Kiama
Dream:
Our ‘Dream’ is a mild and creamy take on a traditional Camembert. With earthy tones, hints of mushroom and a creamy pâté.
Carla:
Our ‘Carla’ has a wild, natural rind which we’ve modelled after a Welsh Caerphilly. This cheese is mild, buttery and extremely moreish.
Pearl:
Our ‘Pearl’ is an aged, semi hard cheese packed full of sweet complex notes that directly refelext our seasonal pastures.
Halloumi:
We’ve gone for a slightly less salty version of a traditional Halloumi. Fry it up, add it to a salad, use it in an entree, pair it with meat or simply squeeze on some lemon and eat the whole block.

Pecora Dairy
Yarrawa:
Australia first uncooked Raw Milk Cheese. This cheese is quite spanish. A zippy cheese full of flavour. Nutty and lactic with floral and herbaceous grassy notes and background of tropical fruits. This cheese was made in December 2017 and sheep were grazing on especially grown millet grass.
Jamberoo Mt Blue:
Half Cow Half Ewe’s milk blue. This youthful 3 month old medium bodied blue has a well marbled ivory paste. White petalled flowers and champignon aromas precede a spicy sweet creamy paste with hints of mixed peel/apricot. Needs a glass of red or something sticky.
Bloomy:
Beneath the deep Ivory wrinkled rind dusted with activated charcoal is a gooey texture which becomes molten as the cheese matures. The centre is dense, rich and smooth but with a slightly chalky texture. It has notes of citrus with a lingering “creme fraiche” mouth-feel. We love eating Bloomy with a glass of Pinot Gris or other crisp dry white.
Tipsy Red:
Gin Washed double cream washed rind with or without truffles. A huge 250gm half cow half sheep of pure indulgence. Out of the gooey texture comes sweet milky meaty sweaty buttery goodness and a silky mouthfeel.

Vannella Cheese
Burrata:
Our cows’ milk cheese is stretched tissue-thin and filled with creamy stracciatella and then a knot is hand-tied at the top, sealing the pouch and creating a brilliant contrasting texture.
Buffalo Mozzarella:
Buffalo milk is a delightful contradiction in flavours and textures; at once lactic, and acidic but sweet, rich and creamy. As a cheese it is both strong but delicate, salty on the outside and sweet inside. This stretched curd cheese is thick skinned with a tender heart – it is ideal torn over a caprese salad.
Smoked Buffalo Mozzarella:
Buffalo milk is a delightful contradiction in flavours and textures; at once lactic, and acidic but sweet, rich and creamy. This stretched curd cheese is thick skinned with a tender heart and it is gently smoked with natural wood chips – lending it a delicious smoky, salty and acidic flavour.
Scamorza (Wood Smoked Mozzarella):
A stretched curd, cows’ milk cheese that is gently smoked with natural wood chips – lending it a delicious smoky, salty and acidic flavour. Put it on a pizza, in a piadina with speck, or, as like Mum does, place a slice over your fried egg as it cooks.

VIC

Milawa
King River Gold: 
Australia’s iconic washed rind, winning gold the last 4 years at the Australian Fine Food Awards, King River Gold is a true washed ring. No colours have been added to this gleaming glory, it has a distinctive ‘gritty’ rind from individual handwashing of every cheese, every week, in brine to allow the brevi bacterium linens to shine. It exhibits a subtle expression of the washed rind earthy, smoky and savoury flavours.
Milawa Tomme: 
We had to bring back our roving Milawa Tomme from last year, a great sized wheel for us to hold in hand while roving the festival. It is made in a 2kg barrel shape with a natural rind and is allowed to mature for up to 12 months, this batch is currently about 4 months old. It has great depth of flavour, sweet and savoury with upfront saltiness that dissipates at the back palate, this cheese loves beer, and a salumi plate!
Milawa Blue:
Inspired by Gorgonzola Dolce, this is the cheese that started it all. A mild, creamy, blue cheese that has a well-balanced, rich, buttery flavour, this cheese has been converting non-blue eaters since 1988.
Markwood:
A specialty cheese that is made in very small batches and matured for a minimum of 2 years. This maturation process allows the cheese to develop a mild, yet complex buttery characteristic. It is extremely limited and only available on-site at Milawa Cheese Company.

Shaw River Buffalo
Ammie Baxter Special Reserve: 
Made in Australia with 100% buffalo milk Annie Baxter is a unique cooked curd cheese inspired by traditional pecorino and parmesan techniques with our own special twist. Annie Baxter ‘Special Reserve’ is matured for 4 to 5 months to develop a natural rind creating initial buttery sweet flavours with a slight bitter and herbaceous finish. This cheese reflects the beautiful qualities of fresh Buffalo milk sourced from our own herd in South West Victoria and the rich fertile pastures on which they graze. Named after Annie Baxter who was the first European woman to settle in our region in the 1840’s. Annie lived at the site where our cheese factory now stands on the banks of the Shaw River, she kept a daily journal documenting her experiences as an early pioneer in Australia. She was an accomplished horse woman, creating a name for herself as a strong independent and vivacious woman. She was one of Victoria’s early cheesemakers running a small dairy herd and selling her cheeses at the local market. Recipient of Two Delicious Produce State Awards for Dairy and a Gold Medal Recipient at the International Cheese Awards in the UK.
Shaw River Buffalo Mozzarella: 
Made with 100% Buffalo MIlk our Mozzarella is hand stretched and molded using traditional Italian techniques. Each porcelain white ball is encapsulated in a tight thin skin, the crayfish like texture inside is juicy and moist with filamented layers of curd. A perfect addition to any dish or antipasto platter for its fresh delicate flavour and unique meaty texture.
Shaw River Annie Baxter: 
This award winning semi hard, cooked curd cheese is handcrafted using similar techniques to that of a Pecorino cheese, coupled with the unique qualities of buffalo milk. It is matured for a minimum of twelve months to create the intensity of flavour which dwells on the senses and beckons the indulgence of the taster. Voted Grand Champion Cheese at the ‘Fromage du Monde’ in it’s first year of release, winner of a gold award alongside Parmigiano Reggiano and most recently a Bronze at the International Cheese Awards in the UK, Annie is quickly becoming a favorite among cheese lovers.
Shaw River Lady Julia: 
Drawing on aspects of the cheddar making process and using only pure water buffalo milk ‘Lady Julia’ is matured for a minimum of twelve months during which time it develops a firm but smooth texture. The subtle influence of the buffalo milk makes it creamy white in colour and creates delicate and tantalizing variations in flavour which set this cheese apart from other cheddared cheeses. Recently awarded a Silver Medal in the category of Australia’s best Cheddar – Mature in the International Cheese Awards held in Nantwich UK. Lady J was named to celebrate the mystic island which is situated offshore from the Shaw River estuary. It is Australia’s only offshore volcano.

Yarra Valley Dairy
Bullseye: 
Cooked cows curd hard cheese made in the style of the alpine cheeses of France. We will be tasting two vastly different ages (12 month and 42 month) to display how the cheese can be eaten at either but how it develops and intensifies.
Black Savourine: 
An ashed semi-mature white mould goats cheese pyramid. Made ina traditional french style. its all cooked cream, almond paste, salty goodness with a slightly intense element coming in with the ash.
Persian Fetta: 
Cow’s milk fetta marinated in olive oil, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and peppercorns. Lusciously creamy, salty, and moreish..
Natural rind goats – small batch:
A small, cheeky, pudgy natural rind goats milk cheese. Matured for just under a month. creamy, ivory-coloured paste – full-flavoured Sweet yet with high citrusy sour notes, textured, edible nutty rind.

Tasmania

Bruny Island Cheese
raw milk c2:
milk: cow type: hard, natural rind, raw milk Raw milk C 2 is the sort of cheese found throughout the mountains of France & northern Italy. A classic cooked curd cheese made in the traditional large wheels. C2 matures for 6-12 months, during which time it develops a sweet aroma & mildly nutty flavour. The rind is wiped every week to encourage the surface bacteria that provide this cheese much of its robust integrity.
saint: 
milk: cow type: soft, white mould in the central plateau of France there are a number of cheeses that are all named after the local Saints. Like our Saint, they are all surface ripened, soft oozy cheeses with a light bloom on the rind – not a thick carpet of single strain white mould found on more commercial cheeses. This cheese can be eaten younger, when the inside is still firm and the flavour more delicate, or wait until the curd breaks down completely and the flavour gets more pungent.
1792: 
milk: cow type: soft, washed rind on Huon pine It was the year the French first set foot on Tasmanian soil and this very French, very pungent little cheese, matured on aromatic Huon Pine boards, celebrates what could have been. It is made in the traditional method – its pinky-orange rind the result of being regularly hand-washed in brine, encouraging the surface bacteria that give this cheese its complex flavour and aroma.
Oen: 
milk: cow type: soft, pinot washed in vine leaves OEN (from the word oenology) is a true labour of love; a washed-rind, cow’s milk cheese, washed in Pinot Noir before being wrapped in vine leaves to be carefully matured. The vine leaves protect the cheese and create a moist surface which encourages the flavour development. When mature, OEN’s rind becomes pungent and the texture becomes soft and fudgey.

Coal River Farm
Triple Cream Brie:
A creamy, smooth, indulgent cheese highlighting the outstanding milk quality Tasmania provides.
Coal River Blue:
Creamy, medium strength Gorgonzola based blue cheese hand made and matured 12 weeks.
Washed Rind Camembert: 
Earthy mild washed rind Camembert with mushroom notes.
Tilset:
A complex cheese with a semi hard elastic texture. A smooth cheese with notes of a nutty aftertaste.

Grandvewe
Blondie:
Based on a French crottin style of cheese. It’s a lactic Geotrichum cylinder. Some are ashed. Some are white.
Sapphire Blue:
Based on a Roquefort. The cheese is a rich, pocketed blue with intense length and complexity.
Old Man:
Semi hard washed rind cheese. The only cheese produced in Australia using Cardoon Thistle rennet. Old Man is reminiscent of classic Savoie style mountain cheeses with a funky Tallegio like rind. A limited number of ‘Smoked Old Man’ will be made especially for MOULD, smoked over Hartshorn Distillery spent oak chips from their American Oaked Vodka.
The Gin Herbalist:
A lactic style cheese initially rolled out for the Inaugural Mould of 2017. Rolled in spent Gin botanicals from our distillery, it is a cheese that is the quintessential indicator of our passion for ‘up cycling’.

The Tasmanian Food Co. (Pyengana Dairy and Robur Farm Dairy)
Pyengana Dairy traditonal cloth matured cheddar: 
130 years of cheese making in the Pyengana Valley, our cloth matured cheddar is made in heritage vats, using traditional methods handed down through the generations. Awarded delicious Magazine’s Producer Award and Hobart Fine Food Awards’ Champion Dairy in 2017, this cheddar is proudly recognised as one of Australia’s most outstanding cheddars. Matured for at least 12 months.
Pyengana Dairy Reserve Vintage: 
As above but matured for 18 months.
Robur Farm Dairy Marinated Fetta: 
Robur Farm Dairy’s single goat herd is located in Tasmania’s North West, with access to fresh clover grass every day, ensuring naturally sweet and mild flavoured milk is used to produce this moorish marinated fetta. The perfect addition to a gourmet platter or salad.
Robur Farm Dairy Spreadable Chevre: 
Robur Farm Dairy’s single goat herd is located in Tasmania’s North West, with access to fresh clover grass every day, ensuring naturally sweet and mild flavoured milk is used to produce this spreadable chevre, available in plain, herb and garlic, caramelised onion, wasabi or jalapeno. Ideal accompaniment on a gourmet platter as a dip or spread, or try as a layer on a burger or bagel.

Fino Foods

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As a wholesale distributor, Fino’s main game is cheese and if it’s not delicious, they’re not interested. It’s that simple. Fino only stock products that blow minds, so you can rely on hand-selected foods that taste incredible every single time. They’re not swayed by looks, or brands, or a hefty price tag.  If it doesn’t knock their socks off, you won’t see it from them.

On The Side came about because Fino were sick of seeing sugary, preservative-packed accompaniments that were not elevating the cheese eating experience. They’re first and foremost cheese lovers and are passionate about creating food moments. They are dedicated to sourcing quality ingredients to create our unique product range.