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  • Food & Fun

    Say cheese

    12 October 2015

    CARRIE and Big, Simone and Satre, Melbourne and cheese – some couplings just make sense. On October 24 Prahran Market plays host to the inaugural Cheese Festival that will feature local fromageries such as Calendar Cheese, Red Cow Cheese and King Island Diary, pairing up with wine-merchants to compliment the experience. And if you’d rather run after a piece of cheese than eat it, join the cheese-wheel race instead.

    Milk The Cow

    NOW bayside (St Kilda) and in the heart of Carlton (Lygon Street), these friendly and stylish fromageries have quickly made a name for themselves as great locations for a quick drink and nibble or the ideal place for a leisurely afternoon of exquisite morsels of artisan cheeses and matched wines. The day Le Journal popped in, the knowledgeable staff recommended their signature Cheese and Sparkling Flight. Served on a wooden paddle, with a choice of two sizes, the cheeses are matched perfectly with a range of refreshingly crisp, sparkling wines.

    Ocello

    WHEN it comes to cheese, Sydney’s Ocello has a meticulously selected range that includes over 200 types of cheese. Constantly on the hunt for new varieties, each year staff travel around Europe and airfreight back rare and unusual treats. At their Surrey Hills store you can enjoy wine and cheese, book a gourmet tour to Italy, or go online and buy the cheese-lover in your life everything from petit delice triple cream with truffle perfume or a piece of goat’s cheese studded with edible flowers.

    The Little French Bar

    A fantastic edition to Footscray’s ever-changing Barkly Street, this place might be small in terms of space, but it makes up for it in atmosphere. Open most days, you can drop in for a flaky croissant and hot chocolate in the morning, or come back after a long day and enjoy some French wines with a petit selection of outstanding cheeses – don’t miss the roasted camembert.

    The Cheese Shop

    CONSIDERED a Sydney institution, this Mossman fromagerie has been keeping cheese lovers happy for 30 years. Stocking varieties from all over Australia and Europe, this friendly local business caters for the connoisseur and the rest of us who walk in off the street, looking for the perfect piece of cheese and some insider tips on what to pick.