Well, I’ve leapt into spring and the festival season wholeheartedly in the last week and I’ve been loving every minute of it! After my fantastic evening at the Chefs of the Murray dinner I spent the next couple of days schmoozing around the Riverland, catching up on what is turning into a great foodie destination and I will be sharing a little more of my experiences in the next few weeks. A quick drive down the road saw me back in town with my ears pinned back ( where on earth did that saying come from?!) and ready to make the most of one of my favourite foods and something we do very well in South Australia – CheeseFest 2011.
I’m not sure if I saw you all there, but I certainly could have as a record crowd took advantage of the glorious spring weather, the abundance of great cheese, wine and South Australian food and the well- situated venue in the green and shady Rymill Park in the city. If you were there you will know that the talented local cheese makers gave us some of their very best produce over the two days of the event, with Alexandrina Cheese Company, Udder Delights, Barossa Valley Cheese Company and Woodside Cheesewrights among the local producers flying the local, artisanal cheese flag. And if cheese wasn’t enough (bite your tongue!), there were live cooking demonstrations in the Miele Kitchen featuring some notable locals like Simon Bryant and Paul Wood, live music on the main stage, kids entertainment and some fabulous food and drink.
A personal favourite of mine – La Casa Del Formaggio‘s soft and delicate baby bocconcini in a pesto marinade and their delicious pecorino.
The Hills Cider Company makes apple and pear cider using 100% local Adelaide Hills produce. Their pear cider – perry – was so refreshing and the perfect partner to a nice creamy blue cheese.
I wasn’t quite quick enough with the camera to catch this delicious grilled haloumi on a stick before it was attacked. By me, actually.
If you weren’t there, then I’m sorry you missed a great day out and the chance to try some of our local cheese. I guess you’ll have to make do with these photo’s until next year!