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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published February 19th 2018
A Dairy, Cafe and Cheesery in the one place

The 'paddock to plate' movement in Australia is at an all-time high with consumers making a concerted effort to seek out sustainable, quality produce wherever possible. Here at the Main Ridge Dairy on the Mornington Peninsula, the connection between paddock to plate is clear to see.

Driving through the front gates, you will see some of the dairy herd that consists of around 200 free-range goats on around 130 acres. These goats are milked twice daily to produce the milk that is used in their award-winning range of handmade farmhouse cheeses.

We chose the cheese tasting plate for two $20 (pictured above), though it was generous enough for the 3 of us to share and be satisfied. The cheese board came with a variety of 10 different cheeses, olives, relish, quince paste and water crackers. My favourite cheese was the aged Caprino cheese [Aged for over 6 months, this Romano style goat cheese has a measured bite with a sweet nutty aftertaste] -from Main Ridge Dairy website. As for the other two, we couldn't go past the Marinated Chèvre [Delicate soft and creamy slow set lactic curds immersed in garlic, lemon and rosemary flavoured oil.] - from the Main Ridge Dairy website, and the Feta [A traditional feta that is dense and creamy, but crumbly in texture.] - from the Main Ridge Dairy website. Though I could have sat and eaten the beetroot relish all afternoon!

I'd never tried goat's milk, or goat's cheese before... so one of the lovely ladies poured a complimentary sample for us to try whilst waiting for the cheese plate and coffees to be made. Whilst I was expecting the taste of the fresh goat's milk to be markedly different to regular cow's milk, though I couldn't actually taste much of a difference, except if anything, it's ever so slightly smoother/lighter than cows milk, with a hint of sweetness. I'm told that goat's milk is much easier to digest than cows milk and is a healthier option. No complaints here!

Goat in the paddock

Main Ridge Dairy are the only commercial dairy operating on the Mornington Peninsula, not to be mistaken with the nearby Red Hill Cheese (artisan cheesemakers).

Whilst we were sitting in the cafe, I couldn't help but admire the simple, yet rustic style of the dairy that overlooks the stunning countryside. I could imagine this place being a perfect setting for a internment, country-style wedding.

So next time you're on the Mornington Peninsula, I recommend you stop by the Main Ridge Dairy to enjoy some wine, cheese and a pat of the friendly goats.

The dairy is open Thurs-Sun 10am-4:30pm
You can book a 'behind the scenes dairy tour' here
Or join in one of the popular cheese making workshops.

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Why? For yummy cheese and fresh goats milk
When: Thursday – Sunday 10 am till 4.30 pm
Phone: 03 5989 6622
Where: 295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge Victoria 3928
Cost: $20 cheese tasting plate for two
Your Comment
Sounds great Lorraine, I'm a huge fan of goat cheese and milk so it's on my to do list for my March visit!
by Kate Blake (score: 3|1429) 1145 days ago
This sounds great Lorraine. I am among the many people now who cannot have cow's milk, so to hear of a place that has such a range of goat's cheese is brilliant. Great way to spend a day. Do they use goat's milk in their coffee. :)
by katek (score: 0|5) 1143 days ago
It would be interesting to yet the goats milk cheese. My husband and I visited a sheep dairy on Kangaroo Island last year and fired the sheep's milk cheese.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 1143 days ago
BIt disappointed as went here today at 3.30pm and it was closed! pretty annoying as was looking forward to it as it does get great reviews...
by Margie (score: 0|2) 1143 days ago
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