Date visited: 29th June 2013
I was ecstatic and excited to be on annual leave at the same time as MerlinFan. This morning, after another most satisfying brekkie and coffee at Cafe Derailleur, we made a very short trip out to Milawa, which was only a fifteen minute drive away, to the Milawa Cheese Factory for some cheese tasting. It was ridiculously convenient travelling to new places with a car and Maps on iPhone5 - however did I manage to survive without my two best friends all these years I'll never know.
We were blessed with a gorgeous morning without a cloud in the sky (didn't stop my newly washed car from being frozen though.) >:C A random note, MerlinFan and I were sure we saw a camel in one of the paddocks along the way. Yes, a camel....(not an alpaca), it had a hump.
It was still rather quiet when we got there just a little after nine. The sales bakery had a vast array of local preserves, chutneys and food dips.
The cheese tasting is available from 9am-4.30pm.
MerlinFan and I have a fondness for soft cheeses. We tried a few of their Goat and Cow's milk cheeses.
Ashed Milawa Chèvre (front, far left): This was a fresh chèvre covered with a fine coating of black grapevine ash, which allows more complex flavours to develop.
Cajun Milawa Chèvre (second row, far left): This fresh chèvre was lightly dusted with spices, hence the red powder - left our palates burning.
Milawa Brie: Very soft, oozy, buttery and earthy.
Milawa Camembert: This too was smooth, oozy slightly salty with a mushroomy flavour.
Native Pepper Chèvre: My favourite of the lot. Chèvre covered with a light dusting of crushed native peppers and leaves.
And if you're hungry, their restaurant is adjoining the bakery, but MerlinFan and I had our fill of breakfast just before coming, so we skipped out on second breakfast.
|Mountain Pepper Chèvre $8|
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