CheeseFest 2013 – Adelaide Not Afraid to be Cheesey!

by Amanda McInerney on 29/10/2013

 Adelaide's 2013 CheeseFest

Every year, once the cold weather looks to be mostly behind us, Adelaide turns off the heater, puts away the winter woollies and ventures, blinking and squinting, outside into the sunshine to celebrate in the best way we know how to – with festivals! With our outstanding produce, we’ve a rapidly growing reputation for celebrating all things food or wine related and this weekend saw over 15,000 of us embracing our cheesiness at CheeseFest 2013 – a massive growth spurt from the modest 800 or so who attended the very first event eight years ago.

Woodside Cheese Wright products

Most notable at this year’s event was the age of the crowd, with a strong representation from the 18-35 year old age bracket. Director Kris Lloyd said “It is terrific to see such a young demographic coming to a festival like this, they are young, interested in food, where it comes from, who the producer is and don’t want to be told what something tastes like they want to experience it for themselves. We are very happy with the outcome of this year’s CheeseFest”.

Kris Lloyd, CheeseFest Director

CheeseFest - a family event

And clearly the locals were happy with the event too, with many enjoying the new features like the Premium Pavillion Degustation Lunch, the Funky Fondue Lounge and the wonderfully cute Indian Pacific Cheese Train. The degustation lunch on Saturday and Sunday featured prime produce from South Australian producers (including Feast Fine Foods Richard Gunner, recently named the nations most Outstanding Providore and Adelaide Food Legend) and was prepared by two chefs who live the Eat Local philosophy, Nigel Rich of The Elbow Room and Brendan Bell of The Kings.

Spencer Gulf prawns, Premium Pavillion Degustation Lunch

Premium Pavillion Degustation Lunch Hay Valley Lamb shanks

Degustation Lunch Premiers Selection Cheese Platter, Premium Pavillion

With cheese samples available from both local and interstate cheese producers, ten local beverage producers ready to quench our thirst and a dozen local food producers represented it’s no wonder there were so many happy, smiling faces in Rymill Park over the weekend.

Indian Pacific Cheese Train at CheeseFest 2013

Cheese samples, CheeseFest 2013

Simon Bryant's hand & one of his offerings at CheeseFest 2013

I think we should all be hugely proud of Adelaide’s Kris Lloyd. Her dogged persistence and never-ending energy has made CheeseFest the premium cheese event in Australia and another local food celebration which places Adelaide firmly on the foodie map. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with for next year!

Happy cheese-lovers, CheeseFest 2013

CheeseFest Director Kris Lloyd, SA Premier Jay Weatherall

Lambs’ Ears and Honey was a guest of CheeseFest.

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Jennifer @ Delicieux October 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

Looks like a fantastic cheese filled day Amanda! I especially love the name of the “goat on a hit tin roof cheese”!!! Your photography is getting better and better.

Hotly Spiced October 30, 2013 at 10:18 am

It looks like the weather was really good for this festival. I would have loved to have been there. What a great day out. All the food looks wonderful xx

celia October 31, 2013 at 5:19 am

What a fabulous event, Amanda! 15000 people, that’s amazing! Gorgeous photos too! x

Fiona @TIFFINbitesized October 31, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Well who doesn’t love a bit of ‘Goat on a Hot Tin Roof’? It looks lovely with the shady seating – I’ve been to one Cheese Festival in Brisbane & it was all concrete and sun with no seating. Lucky you!

InTolerant Chef October 31, 2013 at 6:13 pm

What an awesome festival indeed! So many choices and so much deliciousness :)

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