Okay, so it's a Saturday morning, the sun is finally shining and you're in the mood for a scenic country drive and a delicious brunch. If you're also a lover of cheese, I think I've found the perfect place for you.
Yarra Valley Dairy Farm has a little cafe in the beautiful Yarra Valley where the air is crisp, the landscape is lush and the produce is always fresh. The farm itself is closed off to the public due to hygiene reasons, but their cafe is the perfect place to enjoy a comforting platter of freshly made cheeses and anti pesto, among with locally made breads and sides.
The farm specialises in soft cheeses, from Persian feta, cow milk curds to goats cheeses - so you'll be bewildered with all the choices. Luckily, the cafe has that covered. With free tastings of the cheeses, you'll know exactly what tickles your fancy, and maybe discover something new. I especially loved the marinated cheeses, like the Juno - a soft fresh goats milk cheese marinated with juniper berries, green olive, rosemary, red capsicum and garlic. Just divine.
The cafe has a wide variety of local products such as wines, anti pesto (I especially liked their Kalamata olives), chutneys, relishes, fresh breads and crackers, so the choice is endless. It's perfect, you pick your own platter as per your preference.
For all the vegetarians out there, jump for joy! You'd be pleased to know that 90% of the cheeses here use non-animal rennet. For all those who are unaware, animal rennet is made from rennin, an enzyme that is secreted in the fourth stomach of calves, lambs and goats. It is most often derived from the dried and ground stomachs of unweaned calves and is used in making cheese.
The cafe is quite rustic, with a barn yard meets inner city cafe feel. The coffee, surprisingly to me, is also worth the drive up. Who would've thought a farm could make just as good of a coffee as your favourite barista. Regardless, the combination is a winner. Smooth aromatic coffee with a picnic platter brunch, and a scenic view of acres of farm land. This is definitely a refreshing brunch, if not a little too cheesy if I say so myself.