Cheese jokes aside, if you love your cheese then October is a good month to get excited about it. CheeseFest returns for its 8th year. Local and interstate cheesemakers will converge on Adelaide's Rymill park to show you the best of their goudas, bries, and parmigiano-reggianos, they'll be joined by all of Adelaide's cheese connoisseurs.
The first CheeseFest was held in 2006 down at McLaren Vale. The festival was concocted by Woodside Cheese Wright's Kris Lloyd. The festivities have moved to Rymill Park where tents and tables are set up across the sprawling green lawns. Thousands pass through the gates for the free cheese tastings and special events. As well as cheese you can expect other products from food, wine, beer and cider producers.
The full program for 2013 is yet to be announced, but if you stay tuned to their website and Facebook page you can stay up to date with the cheesy news as it arrives.
[ADVERT]The festival kicks off on October 25th with a twilight launch, followed by two days of cheese tasting, fondue dipping and wine sipping. You can pick up a weekend pass or grab a single ticket for entry on either Saturday or Sunday. Kids under the age of 12 get in free when accompanied by a paying adult.
All suppliers offer cheese tastings. It might seem unthinkable, but by the end of the day you'll definitely have your fill of cheese. You can pick up blocks of all of your favourites as you go. There are special tasting events like the Indian Pacific Cheese Train--offering specialty exclusive cheese tastings not available at the wider festival. There's also Foodland's new Funky Fondue Lounge. It's a retro space where you can enjoy a fondue pot for two with a range of dippings and a drink.
There will also be discussions, demonstrations and even a degustation. Tickets are $15 for a single day, or $25 for the whole weekend. Special ticketed events are a bit more expensive; you can find all the prices online. There's often entertainment for kids if you bring the family along, but there's always the playground at Rymill Park if they want to have some fun while you enjoy some post CheeseFest digestion.