The 2008 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards goes public again with CheeseFest ’08, an exciting event held at the SKYCITY Convention Centre from 5 -8pm on Wednesday March 5th 2008.

For a modest fee of $35, CheeseFest attendees will be able to sample over 400 of NZs finest specialty cheeses in the 2008 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards accompanied by a complimentary glass of Matua Valley wine and glass of Taylor’s Port.

Cuisine food editor Lauraine Jacobs says that “with hundreds of speciality cheeses from all over New Zealand, CheeseFest will be the ultimate taste experience. People can sample the smallest artisan products to the best export grade cheddars – the biggest collection of New Zealand cheeses ever assembled in one room.”

Individual stations will feature the ever popular cheddars, blue cheeses, bries, Dutch style cheeses, goats and sheep milk cheeses, washed rind cheeses and of course the award-winning cheeses from the 2008 Cuisine NZ Champions of Cheese Awards announced the previous evening.

For the first time, the cheeses will also be on sale for people to take home and enjoy. Members of the New Zealand Specialist Cheese Makers Association will be on hand to introduce and answer any questions the public may have about their cheeses.
A cash bar is available to purchase other wines to match with cheeses. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Tickets to CheeseFest are $35 and are available from Ticketek or by calling 0800 Ticketek. A booking fee applies.


Prepared on behalf of the NZ Specialist Cheesemakers Association by Goode PR, Auckland.
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Media release – 19 Dec 2007

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