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2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards

Congratulations to each and every one of our winners in the 2016 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards! Click here for the full results. If you're a medal winner looking for Award labels, click here to order.

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Cheese Matters Newsletter - June 2016

In this month's Cheese Matters, we start to get excited about Cheese Month coming up in October! Plus, check out the latest news on the New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards 2017.


Cheese FAQs

Why does the colour of cheese vary? Is cheese safe to eat during pregnancy? Expand your knowledge of all things cheese right here
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NZ Cheese Trail Map


The NZ Cheesemakers Association invites you to celebrate the excellence of local cheesemaking. Click below to find out more:


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Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconAugust 17, 2016 at 1:42 am

Stunning photos of "Cheese Art". Post us your own cheese porn pics!

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Craze sweeps social media for artistic cheese and charcuterie plates


More than 2,000 people have shared pictures of cheese plates on Instagram as part of a new craze for artistic charcuterie and cheese platters.

Cheese Lovers NZ
August 16, 2016 at 2:25 am

Cheese Lovers NZ shared Wangapeka Family Dairy's post.

Lovely little picture story from Wangapeka Family Dairy. The realities of rural life with a happy ending.

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Wangapeka Family Dairy

So this happened yesterday! 😮 One of our Normande calves came into the world breech. The poor mum was having a difficult time giving birth so she was assisted by Daryl and Debbie. The little chap was a little worse for wear but after a big rub down from Debbie and Karen J, the little (well not so little chap) got rid of most of the fluid he had in his lungs. Mum was a little frantic and waited patiently all day for him to stand. FINALLY in the afternoon, although a little wobbly, he managed to get up, have a good drink and by the time we left the factory last night, he was looking much better. (y)

#wangapekafamilydairy #lovecows #NelsonNZ

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJuly 27, 2016 at 1:33 am

Ode to Macaroni cheese. Lovely when random strangers offer such good advice in the supermarket. Especially if it involves cooking with cheese!

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Ode to unknown shopper


OPINION: In a time of mayhem, murder and Trump I bring you a celebration of the ordinary, my Hymn to the Unknown Shopper.

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJuly 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm

Calling all Auckland Cheeselovers! Be sure to get along to The Food Show at ASB Showgrounds this weekend, meet some of NZ's finest cheesemakers and their cheeses. The largest Wine and Food fest in the country...


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Cheese Lovers NZ
July 12, 2016 at 9:33 am

Cheese Lovers NZ shared Farmers Markets New Zealand's post.

Well done NZSCA member Cartwheel Creamery!!! Marama - their Camembert-style white mould cheese - won first in the Dairy section in the Farmers Market NZ Food Awards.

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Farmers Markets New Zealand

Judging all completed, just in the process of notifying the winners etc and will then post the full results.

Awesome products - well done everyone.

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJuly 7, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Let's get Friday decadent - deep fried Camembert !!


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Crumbed Camembert, Apple and Mango Salad


What's better than runny Camembert? Camembert that's runny because it was deep-fried!

Cheese Lovers NZ
Facebook IconJune 27, 2016 at 10:14 pm

A little bit of distraction on a Tuesday morning. Let us know how many you've tried!

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How Many Types Of Cheese Have You Eaten?



Cheese Lovers NZ
June 23, 2016 at 4:05 am

Cheese Lovers NZ shared Ahi Ohiwa Waiomio's post.

Any Waikato cheesemakers out there able to help Ahi Ohiwa Waiomio with Raclette or a suitable substitute? Mercer Cheese? Over the Moon Dairy Company? Meyer Cheese?

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Ahi Ohiwa

Hi I'm looking to source a couple Raclette rounds n a reg supply from someone here in the bop Waikato area please ..

Cheese Lovers NZ
June 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

Cheese Lovers NZ shared Cheeserank's photo.

So true - especially for mental health!

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Laughter? Nope.