July 30, 2020 / By Jacqueline Alanne
South Australians love Cheesefest, and with its transformation to become Cheesefest & Ferment festival, there’s only more to love. The brainchild of local cheesy (but not to be trifled with) legend Kris Lloyd of Woodside Cheese Wrights, the 2 in 1 festival brings the best of South Australian produce to one place in one action-packed weekend.
October is a busy time; and as much as we might love to lounge on the lawns of Rymill Park for a day or two, the wedding season often gets in the way. But never fear! You can still enjoy all the magic of Cheesefest & Ferment as you get out to explore SA! Here, some of our favourite producers from the two-day festival, and where to find them at (their) home.
Udder Delights - Cheese Cellar
Any excuse to explore the charming town of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills works for us - especially when it means cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Whether you sit out on the leafy terrace, in the cafe, or the snug underground cellar, there are so many ways to enjoy Udder Delight’s cheese cellar.
Opt for high, tea, fondue, cheesemaking classes or simply enjoy a few choice selections in the cafe. With a menu of grazing and cheese boards to suit every taste, the cafe offering is rounded out with house-made soups and cakes, and a selection of the best local coffee, beer, and wine.
Beginning as the McLaren Vale Beer Company, what we know as Vale Brewing has developed something of a cult status. Their unmissable branding and wide variety of beers offer something for everyone - from Tropic Ale for the occasional beer drinkers, to Pales, Lagers, IPAs, Brights, and more. There’s a beer for everyone.
Vale Brewing ranges can be enjoyed in a tasting flight in a couple of SA locations, depending on your compass for the weekend. In McLaren Vale, visit the updated Beresford Tasting Pavilion, while if you're down the river, visit Twenty Third Street Distillery in Renmark for a Vale Brewing tasting flight!
Twenty Third Street Distillery
Speaking of Twenty Third Street… Another unmissable inclusion in the Cheesiest lineup is a historic brewery that’s found new life and legs over the last decade. Still calling their 1914 Renmark distillery home, these guys have to land on your SA bucket list.
Twenty Third Street Distillery has enjoyed endless accolades over their range of brandy, gin, whisky, and vodka, and are known for taking risks with the inclusion of native Australian flavours that challenge the status quo. Visit their riverside location for a tour of the site, gin flights or your own blending.
kis: KI Spirits
Kangaroo Island Spirits - now that’s an evocative name, and their ethos is just as idealistic. Set on maintaining a ‘craft distillery’, the husband and wife KI Spirits team are set on totally mastering the crafting of their gins. The result? Great success. Best Contemporary Gin at the International Wine and Spirits Competition 2019 is no small nod.
Sarah and Jon’s cellar door and Gin Garden is a G+T lovers’ dream afternoon setup. Take a tour of their KI facilities, a gin tasting and grazing combo, gin flights, or a private blending experience. Come to think of it, why not just do it all?
Kim Bolton Wines
Never visited Langhorne Creek? Now you have yet another reason to make your first trip! Kim Bolton’s cellar door is a striking building in picture-perfect surrounds. Built from a shipping container or two, the cellar door under the gum trees is pure modern Australiana, from its gleaming hardwood floors and decking overlooking the vines to its quintessential South Australian wine list. Visit for a tasting, local gourmet platter, paired cheese and wine flight, or a glass enjoyed on the deck. Bliss!
With a couple of interstaters getting the nod for the 2019 Cheesefest lineup, you can enjoy a taste of Cheesefest’s best if you’re out in rural Victoria too!
Bridge Road Brewers
Chances are, even if you don’t know the name, you’ve seen their labels. Mad for pale ale, visit Bridge Road Brewers bar and pizzeria set in an old hotel in Beechworth, Victoria.
An unarguable inclusion based on name alone, The Fermentary in Daylesford, Victoria, offer a range of workshops at their factory and Cellar Door centred around the fermentation process.
So there you have it - CheeseFest really does travel far and wide to bring you the best of SA (and yonder) - and delivers so many great reasons to explore South Australia!
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