Calling all cheese-lovers! The Nice Eketahuna Cheese Pageant is on Sunday Might 26 and Monday Might 27 2019 on the Eketahuna Neighborhood Centre.

And this 12 months it’s  greater and even higher, over two days, beginning on Sunday!

There are producers from everywhere in the county coming: Kaikoura Cheese, Whangapiro Buffalo Co, Sentry Hill Organics, Cartwheel Creamery, Mt Eliza Cheese, ViaVio Cheese, Nieuwenhuis Farmstead Cheese, Bellefield Butter Co, Little Farm Goat Dairy, Kingsmeade Cheese, Faisons du Fromage, Cranky Goat, The Deer Milker and Blackwood Cheese.

I really like this pageant, it’s intimate and thrilling. You may really feel the eagerness of the small scale cheese maker, breathe of their preventing spirit and expertise an incredible group, actually on the grassroots of nice New Zealand cheese.


I dream of a day when Kiwi cheese is up there on the worldwide stage with our Savs and Pinot Noirs, our lamb and our motion pictures. And it’s right here in Eke that you just’ll discover the life blood of this dream. The makers, the sellers, and my cheesey mates, the eaters.

As a result of we eaters are a key half on the equation, our stomachs and purses are very important to the well being of our small scale and farm home cheese trade.

And it’s an trade beneath risk of extinction.

Beneath risk resulting from unaffordable regulatory measures designed for meals security in industrial dairy. New Zealand dairy laws are geared to large, advanced factories of export-orientated corporations they usually cripple our small-scale cheese makers. 

So cheese folks, make the pilgrimage to Eke, hang around with our artisan cheese makers and mongers, share a slice of their goals and aspirations and get to the guts of what troubles and fuels them.

Oh and alongside the best way eat a sh*t–load of cheese and dairy. See you there!




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