We’ve put together some of our favourites to create a collection that’s picnic perfect. A collection of cheeses, snacks and a little something sweet to finish. . The perfect mix for a picnic or food lover.
Petit d'Affinois 150g, Cows Milk, Double Cream, France
While working on the production line at a yoghurt factory in the Dauphine region of France, south east of Lyon in the 1980s, Jean Claude Guilloteau had a eureka moment. He came across a new way of making yoghurt using a special technique called ‘ultrafiltration’, and so began his obsession with applying the same technique to cheese making. The new technique not only preserves nutrients but also results in a very smooth, silky texture and rich creamy flavour, making the d’Affinois (down under we affectionately call it ‘daff’) range of cheeses one of the world’s most sought after.
Yarra Valley Dairy Saffy, Cows Milk, Soft Cheese, Yarra Valley, Victoria, 275g
Fresh cows milk cheese is marinated in saffron, lemon rind, cumin seeds, garlic & olive oil to create a lusciously creamy cheese with a hint of honey & saffron with a zesty lemon finish.
Just one hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley has a long history of dairy farming and is renowned for its stunning scenery as well as producing superb wine and artisan food. Reflecting the traditional farmhouse cheeses of France and Italy, expect cheeses that are fresh and soft in style, from the Yarra Valley Dairy. Only using the freshest cows milk from nearby Yarra Valley dairy farms and goats milk from the neighbouring region of Mansfield in the foothills of Victoria’s High Country Alps, these artisan cheeses are award winning (and delicious!)
Quicke’s Cheddar Extra Mature 18m 150g, England, Semi Hard, Cow
This extra mature, clothbound cheddar is made the old-fashioned way. Farmhouse cheddar, made on the farm and in small batches, is hard to find and demand is greater than supply.
Quicke’s ethos is quality over quantity. They manage their herd carefully, never pushing them above their breeding limits and ensuring they enjoy a long and happy life, even getting 60 days’ maternity leave prior to calving. The truckles are specially selected for their brothy, caramelly flavour and dense, fudgy texture after maturing for a minimum of 18 months. Each wheel is hand-made and reflects true craft and seasonality making each batch exciting to taste.
Woombye Cheese Company, Blackall Gold Washed Rind, Cows Milk, Washed rind, Queensland, 200g
In 2012, Karen and Graeme Paynter decided to embark on a lifestyle change that took them from their fast paced corporate roles overseas to the Sunshine Coast hinterland where they started Woombye Cheese Company. They were intent on settling in a rural community where they could source premium milk from neighbouring dairy farms, knowing that quality cheese production started with quality milk. Jersey and Friesian milk, collected from three local farms is used to make a range of surface ripened cheese. Not out to make an intensely flavoured washed rind cheese, the Paynters have successfully created a cheese with a delicate flavour that will appeal to many palates. The pale orange rind, often blanketed by a fine white mould, is full-flavoured but subtle – just as they intended.Surprisingly mild while young but develops a more robust flavour as it ripens. A unique and delicious cheese. Gold Medal winner 2017 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Show.
Bret's Chips Fromage du Jura, France
Love Chips? Love Comte? Now you can have both in one delicious packet. Bret’s are based in Central Brittany (or Breton in French) and still 100% family owned today. Bret’s partner with 285 local potato farmers in Brittany and the Auvergne and use only potatoes that are suitable for the production of chips. The French Jura chips are made with 100% PDO Comté from the French Jura & have the perfect balance of floral and fruity notes.
Mixed Olives, Mount Zero
Mount Zero Olives is a family owned olive grove three hours west of Melbourne on the northern edge of the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia. Commitment to flavour, sustainable farming and a passion for quality ingredients defines Mount Zero and all that we gather.
We have selected their mixed olive collection, a mix of all of Australian grown olives; Manzanilla, Kalamata, Ligurian, Aberquina and Wild Olives. The variation in size, shape, colour and flavour within this mix presents beautifully and offers something for everyone.
Since 1978 Vitangelo and his sons Nick and Chris have been making and supplying authentic Italian smallgoods using a unique blend of tradition and skill, retaining the distinctive flavours from that little corner of Italy from which their family originated. Authentic in texture and taste, this small sized salami has plenty of bite. Made from 100% pork, coarsely cut and married with an aromatic pepper and spice blend.
Sisko Chocolate, Large Freckle
Handmade in Melbourne, Sisko chocolate founder Christina uses Milk French couverture chocolate to create a large chocolate disk, then tops them with fun sprinkles. Just perfect for the inner child in all of us!
Oliver Lane Crispbread
Handmade in Melbourne these crackers are thinly cut and baked crisp from artisan loaves. They are gluten free with subtle flavours to add an extra layer of flavour to your cheese. We hope you enjoy the creations from this newly discovered local small business.