Did someone say cheese? Ella’s favourite festival returns bigger & cheesier than ever

Do you like cheese, drinks, and dancing? I sure do and boy oh boy have I got the place for you. 

Cheesefest is coming to Adelaide on Friday 14th until Sunday 16th of October at Rymill Park, Murlawirrapurka, and you don’t want to miss these three days full of life’s necessities!

The agenda for this year’s CheeseFest consists of a melting pot of cheesemakers, great food, drinks, and dancing so obviously it needs to go in your diary. 

I am super excited about the lineup of new vendors, artisans, and unexpected surprises, as well as the Cheesefest regulars, which will entice new and old fans to come back to fulfill their love of all things cheese. 

Cheesemaker and CheeseFest Director Kris Lloyd AM says the festival is back bigger and better this year after the past years of interruptions.

 “After years of restrictions on gatherings, events and dancing I think everyone is eager to connect in spaces like CheeseFest once again,” Kris says. “It’s been absolutely humbling to see the excitement and support from Cheese makers and artisans across South Australia, and the country, keen to be a part of the festival this year.”

Fellow lovers of cheese can expect an enormous amount of great cheese as well as demonstrations from some of the country’s most infamous creators. 

Lots of cheese, plus performances? I think yes! Can you see why this event has been in my diary for the past six months?

“CheeseFest has grown to become the largest cheese festival in Australia, subsequently attracting incredible talent from across the country,” Kris says. 

With the borders open, we can welcome our interstate cheese makers once again, adding to the glorious world of cheeses on offer this year.

Long term event ambassador, Matt Preston, will be joined by Gary Mehigan across the three days, delivering a masterclass CheeseFest Foodland Cooking demonstration on stage. 

Meanwhile, for those interested in understanding the method behind the craftsmanship, CheeseFest 2022 has a series of intimate sessions with winemakers, distillers, cheesemakers, featuring renowned chefs including the likes of Simon Bryant, Karena Armstrong and Jake Kellie programmed across the weekend.

The bit I am most excited about is that this year, the fest will include some thrilling new concepts including the High Noon Saloon, which is a new offering, featuring country music, whisky and of course, cheese. 

So, no, this event won’t just be for the city slickers, there will be something for us rural folk, like this Mid North gal.

And if you love distilled drinks, there will be dedicated bars serving delicious and locally made gin, whiskey and liqueurs.

A day or three for the whole family, this year offers a kids area, courtesy of Zoos SA, where the young, and young at heart, can meet some furry friends and learn about native wildlife. 

To secure your tickets for 1 or 3 days in cheesy heaven head to the Cheesefest website.

By Ella Peacock