Celebration of Waikato cheese makers and brewers


While October is well known around the world for its celebration of beer (Oktoberfest anyone?), closer to home there’s a far more flavourful reason to celebrate October – it is also NZ Cheese Month. 

With Waikato proudly being home to several award winning cheese makers and exciting craft brewers, it is time to celebrate these artisan producers.

At the forefront of promoting local food producers and hospitality industries, Waikato Food Inc is bringing local brewers and cheese makers together for 2016 Ferment Fest, an inaugural event to be held at SkyCity Hamilton on Saturday October 1.

Chairperson Vicki Ravlich-Horan says this free event is just the start.

“We hope it will grow to be an annual fixture on the calendar and grow each year,” she says.

Cheese maker Sue Arthur from Over the Moon Dairy says “we are really excited to be working together with the Waikato artisan beer industry because cheese is good with all kinds of drinks, not just wine!”

Visitors are invited to meet people behind the tasty Waikato creations, and to taste and talk to local cheese makers and brewers.

“It’s an opportunity to learn something about the two crafts, while also gaining an appreciation of what talent we have here in the Waikato,” says Vicki.

“This event couldn’t have happened without the generous support of SkyCity, who have provided not only the venue but taken care of the ever increasing licensing headache such events entail.”

Waikato Food Inc is a not for profit member based organisation with two goals; promoting and growing food and hospitality businesses in the Waikato.

Ferment Feast2016 Ferment Fest
Saturday October 1, 11am – 5pm
SkyCity Atrium, Hamilton
Entry – FREE


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