The New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association (NZSCA) is the driving force behind New Zealand Cheese Month (October 1-31) with the nationwide campaign including ‘meet the cheesemaker’ events, in-store cheese specials and promotions, tastings, farm open days and much more.
Dianne Kenderdine, NZSCA Secretary, recently returned as an invited guest from the 2014 American Cheese Society (ACS) Competition and Conference. After experiencing speciality cheese overseas she believes that New Zealand cheese producers are amongst the best in the world.
“New Zealand cheese is unique because our grass-fed animals have plenty of space to roam on Kiwi farms, which results in top quality milk that produces natural, full-flavoured cheese,” says Kenderdine.
“The aim of New Zealand Cheese Month is to get every New Zealander eating and embracing Kiwi specialty cheese, while enjoying the many events, activities and promotions taking place throughout the country during October.”
New World and Countdown stores will be holding in-store cheese tastings and Cheese Month promotions throughout October.
Meyer Gouda Cheese, Puhoi Valley, Crescent Dairy Goats, Over the Moon Dairy and Il Casaro Cheese Company are just some of the New Zealand cheese brands hosting events and activities to celebrate NZ Cheese Month.
Restaurants and specialist food stores such as Farro Fresh, Nosh, Sabato and C’est Cheese are also supporting New Zealand Cheese Month with fabulous events and promotions.
All Cheese Month activity will be listed by region and regularly updated on the Cheese Lovers website at www.cheeselovers.co.nz. The NZSCA Facebook page will also feature Cheese Month events and activities, as well as exciting giveaways during October.