Moore Wilson’s Tory Street Fresh Market is celebrating NZ Cheese Month this October with a line-up of free in store tastings featuring some of the country’s top cheesemakers!
At their farm just 16km south of Martinborough they have hand-selected, bred and raised the gorgeous herd of dairy goats whose milk goes into making The Drunken Nanny’s cheeses. Their goats have a pretty idyllic life, with plenty of space to graze and lots of different pasture and herbs, which contribute to the fresh, delicate flavours of Drunken Nanny's cheeses.
They have won a number of awards including 2017 Silver and Bronze of NZ championship of Cheese Awards as well as being a finalist in Outstanding NZ Food Producers Award.
Tasting: Sunday 14th October, 9.30am-1.30pm
Over The Moon
Putaruru’s Over the Moon Dairy Company is an adventurous boutique cheesemaking company that uses fine ingredients to make exciting new dairy products, while paying homage to the great traditions of cheesemaking internationally.
They have won a number of awards including 2015 Champion Washed Rind Cheese Award for Galactic Gold and in 2016 second apprentice Loran Mathis took out the NZ Champions of Cheese award for aspiring cheesemaker. Also worth a mention is OTM’s Black Truffle Brie - smooth with a luscious buttery flavour, each wheel is layered with black truffles giving a rich aromatic nutty or earthy taste.
Tasting: Saturday 20th October, 9.30am-1.30pm
Run by the Berry's, a 4th generation Otago farming family, Whitestone Cheese was founded in 1987 as a diversification during the 1980's rural downturn and a series of crippling droughts.
The original factory was set up in a commercial garage with milk sourced from local farms and one cheese variety Farmhouse was launched. The business slowly grew as an extension of the farming operation until today's purpose built factory was commissioned in 1996.
Son Simon joined the business with a new set of skills and the farm was sold to concentrate on the growing the exciting family enterprise.
Whitestone are one of NZ’s most awarded cheese company’s, being recognised on both the local and international stage. Their most recent award, a silver medal at the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest held in Wisconsin, USA for Whitestone Vintage Windsor Blue.
Tasting: Friday 5th October, 2-5pm and Friday 19th 10am-1pm
Meyer Gouda Cheese
Born in the South of the Netherlands, Miel Meyer immigrated to New Zealand as a baby. His parents were hardworking cheese makers and chose Waikato, the heart of the NZ dairy industry, as their new home. Some thirty years on Miel now runs the family business has been awarded Cheesemaker of the Year Award not once but twice. The first time being in 2011 when he was the youngest cheesemaker in the history of the competition to scoop the prize.
Meyer’s specialty is Gouda – vintage, medium, goat milk, cumin seed, sheep milk, smoked… the list goes on! Meyer Gouda has twice won Supreme Champion at the NZ Cheese Awards.
Tasting: Saturday 20th October, 1pm-6pm And Sunday 21 9.30am-6pm
Massimo’s Italian Cheeses
Massimo came to New Zealand on holiday from Puglia in 2004 and was surprised at the lack of fresh mozzarella, in a country with such high quality dairy.
In 2010, Massimo and Marina decided to come back, to settle here and fill the gap in the market. He first began selling at La Cigale market in Auckland and was an instant hit with customers.
Massimo’s mozzarella and bocconcini both took out Gold at the 2016 NZ Specialty Cheeses Association Awards. A range of Massimo’s products including mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, bocconcini, ciliegini and burrata are available from Moore Wilson’s Fresh.
Tasting: Friday 26th October, 9.30am-1.30pm