A celebration of small artisan cheesemakers

The quality of the cheese is always dependent on the quality of the milk, be it from a goat, sheep, cow, mare, buffalo, yak, reindeer or some other exotic animal, not the skill of the cheesemaker.
— Biddy, Cwmglyn Farmhouse Raw Cheese

The Great Eketahuna Cheese Festival, is a celebration of small artisan cheesemakers. New Zealand and international goat, cow & sheep cheesemakers & cheesemongers will come together in May for the inaugural festival in a small part of provincial New Zealand, Eketahuna.  The town that has made a contribution to New Zealand artisan cheese making.    

The festival starts on Sunday 13th May with a light-hearted talk & tasting by cheesemonger Calum Hodgson.

9.30am  Hon Damien O'ConnorMinister of Agriculture and Minister for Biosecurity, Food Safety, and Rural Communities will be opening the festival, and has an exciting package announcement from MPI. From thereafter the Eketahuna Community Centre will be open to the public and buzzing with artisan cheesemaker stalls to taste & purchase cheese from. In the afternoon, the cheese seminar session will begin with a talk by award winning cheesemaker Biddy Fraser-Davies',  a must see for any new cheese makers or would-be cheese makers. 

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Contact Us: Elizabeth Fraser-Davies (Biddy), General Enquires. biddy@inspire.net.nz