Cheese Month is back!

Cheese Month is back!


Keep a very close eye on your local Farro Fresh, Countdown, Fresh Choice and New World stores in October as they will be among many venues showcasing the best of New Zealand made cheese through month-long tastings, specials and promotions.

You may even spot your favourite cheesemaker in store! Go and say Hi (they’d love to meet you), try something different and celebrate New Zealand specialty cheeses!

Here are some of the events planned for Cheese Month:

Taste Cheese with Juliet Harbutt

Master of Cheese and Member of the Guild des Fromagers, Confrerie de Saint-Ugozon

$45 per head includes Cheese and Beverage Tasting

When: Wednesday 4 October 2017, 6:30 till 8:00pm

Where: The Dairy, 2 The Lane, Ponsonby Central, Auckland

Barry’s Bay & Birkenhead Brewing Company

Lovers of all things cheese and craft beer rejoice! The two BBCs – Barry’s Bay Cheese and Birkenhead Brewing Co. have picked out their perfect matches to take you through a cheese and beer matching masterclass. Cost $25

When: 24 October, 7.30pm to 9pm

Where: Farro Fresh, Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland

Meyer Gouda Tasting and ‘Cooking with Gouda’

Come and learn about the history of Gouda from Miel at Meyer Gouda. He’ll be demonstrating how to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwiches – talking about the history of his family and the Meyer cheese factory, Gouda cheese and also how it’s made. FREE

When: 14 October, 10am-2pm

Where: Farro Fresh, Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay, Auckland

IL Casaro Mozzarella Making Demo

Join Max from IL CASARO for an Italian cheese making masterclass. Max will be making Mozzarella, demonstrating how to tie a mozzarella knot and offering delicious serving suggestions for other cheeses in his range. Come and see him demonstrate his craft and taste the creations. FREE

When: 14 October, 11-2pm

Where: Farro Fresh, Grey Lynn

When: 21 October 11-2pm

Where: Farro Fresh, Orakei

Mercer Cheese

The shop in Mercer will be opening for the first time on Sundays during October in collaboration with New Zealand Cheese Limited.

When: Every Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Where: Roose Rd, Mercer 2474

Canterbury Cheesemongers

To celebrate NZ Cheese Month, Oxford Farmers Market is inviting home cheese makers to bring their cheeses to a tasting and informal judging by all the tasters. Only for amateur cheese makers!

Martin Aspinwall will give a talk on the day to prepare the tasters for the task ahead. Gold coin donation is kindly requested, and you will be given judging papers. Limited to 50. For more information email

There are great prizes for the best cheeses!

When: 29th October

Where: Oxford Farmers Market

Cranky Goat – Tastings

When: 1st October

Where: Loved Ones Wedding Fair – Blenheim

When:1st October

Where: Vines Village BeerFest – Blenheim

When: 3rd October

Where: Pataka – Food Store Cheese Night – Blenheim

When: 11th October

Where: Mitre Mega Spring Fling Evening – Blenheim

When: Date 12th &13th October

Lawson Dry Hills – Cheese Maker Meets Wine Maker- Blenheim

Lawson Dry Hills – Cheese Maker Meets Wine Maker

When: 27th October

Where: Cheese Tasting Day – The Dairy – Ponsonby Central – Auckland.

Cranky Goat is donating 10% of every Pelorus Pearl sold nationwide throughout the whole of October (Cheese Month) to Bowel Cancer Organisation.

Fresh Choice – Nelson

In-store tastings each Friday during the month as well as instore specials and giveaways.

When: Every Friday during October

Where:  Fresh Choice Nelson City

Queenstown Masterclass

Join Whitestone Cheese founder Bob Berry and Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas matching South Island wines and Whitestone cheeses. FREE

When: Sunday 1st October 3pm to 5pm

Where: The Lodge Bar, 2 Rees Street, Queenstown

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