The focus on cheese and this diverse dairy product’s culinary companions, together with a festive Cape atmosphere, set the scene for a hugely successful 16th SA Cheese Festival. This according to Johan Ehlers, CEO of Agri-Expo, organisers of this popular event. Some 30 000 people converged at Sandringham to enjoy 30 tonnes of cheese from boutique and larger commercial cheeseries from across the country.
Select celebrities like Nataniël, Jenny Morris, Amore Bekker and Carmen Niehaus entertained and inspired cheese lovers to new culinary heights.
One of the additions to this year’s programme was the Agri-Expo Cheesery where visitors were able to spend quality time with some of the country’s best cheese makers. According to Mags Baleta from Klein River Cheese outside Stanford this provided cheeseries with the ideal opportunity to share their expertise with consumers and to perform important market research.
Cheese makers put their best foot forward by wooing the consumer with new and innovative cheeses, including those flavoured with coffee, red wine and lavender. Artisan cheese makers taking part for the first time agreed that the broad and simultaneous exposure of their products to such a large group of cheese lovers is indeed invaluable.
Agri-Expo joined forces with the Western Cape Department of Agriculture to enable smaller producers and entrepreneurs to expose the consumer to their unique niche products such as figs, pomegranates, honey, mushrooms and more – all the perfect cheese companions.
Agri-Expo thanks every visitor, exhibitor, partner, supplier and all co-workers who contributed to the success of the 16th SA Cheese Festival.
Don’t wait – plan your visit to the 2018 Cheese Festival from Friday 27 April to Sunday 29 April.