It all started on one of the regular phone chats with Biddy while on my commute home; the return of a grassroots cheese event in provincial NZ, like they did in the good old days. The idea was to host a fun forum to highlight the expensive regulatory hoops NZ cheesemakers currently navigate in their pursuit to create a traditional dairy foodstuff. The timing of the #NZcheeseMonth seemed a good opportunity to ‘have a go’. So here we are.
Biddy is a NZ cheesemaking legend. She describes herself as a ‘late developing geriatric peasant’, working with her girls Dizzy, Holly, Isobel & Patsy to produce a talisman of their adventures.
Volunteers and offers of help have snowballed. This is a not for profit gig. This event has evolved it’s own mojo and positive energy with the shared goal of real NZ cheese run and managed by NZ cheese people. Where there is a will there is whey. Its a refreshing antidote to the other events on the NZ cheese calendar.
Details of the pop-up are here at Cwmglyn Farm. If you can’t make it – like me – a share of this post would help the promise of a vibrant sustainable future for small scale New Zealand farm cheesemakers.