Cheese and champagne this weekend? CheeseFest + Ferment the Festival have you covered

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This weekend the festivals CheeseFest and Ferment the Festival will again reunite in Adelaide.

Last year was the first time in CheeseFest’s history that foreign cheeses were allowed to be present at the festival with the introduction of the French quarter. In 2019, the French quarter will return but there will also be Spanish and Italian quarters.


But this is not just a cheese festival. It’s also a festival dedicated to all things fermented, think champagne, charcuterie, bread, chocolate, all the things that we love!



There will be more than 100 food and drink stands at CheeseFest and Ferment the Festival!


  • Udder Delights
  • Alexandrina Cheese Company
  • Milawa Cheese Company
  • Woodside Cheese Wrights
  • Vannella Dairy
  • Red Cow Organics
  • Riverside Dairy
  • La Casa del Formaggio
  • BoatShed Cheese
  • Frencheese
  • Second Valley Cheese
  • Beston Global Foods
  • Kris Lloyd Artisan



  • Lost Loaf
  • The Fermentary
  • My Grandma Ben
  • Matchetts
  • Ambersun Alpacas
  • Baylies
  • Les Deux Coqs
  • Popsicool
  • Skara Smallgoods
  • Spring Gully
  • Red Cacao
  • San Jose Charcuterie
  • Simon Bryant Food
  • Gut Feeling
  • Spice Girlz Gourmet
  • Adixions
  • Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
  • Octeine Coffee*
  • Cuvee co Wines*
  • One Barrel Brewing*
  • Abbots and Kinney*
  • Gourmet Gluten Free Bakery*
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  • A Hereford Beefstouw
  • Anchovy Bandit
  • Salopian Inn
  • Ragini’s Spicery
  • Sprout Cooking School
  • Gang Gang Company



  • 23rd St Distillery
  • KIS
  • Never Never Gin
  • Prohibition Gin
  • Settlers Spirits
  • Ambra Liquers



  • Coriole Vineyards
  • Pikes Wines
  • Shingleback Wines
  • Vineyard Road Wines
  • Dune
  • Kimbolton Wines
  • Beresford Wines
  • Cellar Door FEST
  • Hart of Barossa
  • Cuvee – Co
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  • Kizbee
  • Scull Kombucha
  • Brewed by Belinda



If you’d like to deepen your knowledge or your tastings, there are a variety of masterclasses which may interest you.

Masterclass ticket cost $99 and include your entry ticket to the festivals (valued at $25).

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12:30, Saturday 26 October

Kate Laurie, of Deviation Road, is one of Australia’s best sparkling wine makers (having studied in Champagne itself). She will be joined by Katie Spain of The Advertiser in this exploration of sparkling wines from around the world. This dégustation will take you to France, Europe and even Australia. You will learn about the different ways of making sparkling wine, the different grapes used, and the different versions of sparkling wine (that which we drink for any celebration or party) from these countries.



1pm, Sunday 27 October

This masterclass will be led by South Australian born French winemaker, Rose Kentish and Marcell Kustos, sommelier at Magill Estate. Together they will take you on a voyage from the South of France to the hills of the Rhône, from the country of rosé to the home of Shiraz. Through trying three different wines from the regions o Languedoc, Provence, the Rhône and Corsica, you will discover the grapes and their signature styles.

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3pm, Sunday 27 October

A comprehensive dégustation of wines from around the world led by Marcell Kustos from Magill Estate who will guide you though wines from Europe, Australia, the Americas and beyond. You will taste wines from Germany, Spain, Argentina, Italy, France and New Zealand as well as an Australian representation of each one! You will no doubt discover a wine you’ve not previously tasted.



11am -3pm, Saturday 26 October

Walk a little between tastings on the Great Wine and Cheese Voyage. For $99 you will visit four locations (Cheesefest Pavillion, East End Wine Cellars, Mothervine and the balcony at The Stag). During 4 hours you will taste wines from regions such as Rheinhessen in Germany, Bordeaux in France, Verona in Italy, Casablanca Valley in Chile, and Porto in Portugal. East End Cellars asserts that you will discover that the South Australian varietals are among the best in the world.



We have only told you about masterclasses that have French links. There are other masterclasses too. You can see all of the masterclasses at this link:




This weekend!

  • Saturday 26 October from 11am to 8pm (last drinks at 7:30pm)
  • Sunday 27 October– 11am to 6pm (last drinks at 5:30pm) 


Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka, East Terrace, Adelaide



You have the choice between an entry ticket or a masterclass ticket (which includes your entry ticket).


Your entry ticket gives you:

  • a souvenir glass;
  • a keepsake tote
  • tastings from the best Australian cheeses and the opportunity to speak with the cheesemakers;
  • wines from South Australia;
  • beers, ciders and spirits from the region;
  • live music;
  • cooking demonstrations;
  • face-painting and other entertainment for the kids.

Entry tickets cost $25 for a single day (Saturday or Sunday) or $40 for a weekend ticket. If you want to participate in the masterclasses, you will need to purchase a masterclass ticket.

And there is no need to purchase tickets for children under 12 as they enter free.


You can purchase your CheeseFest + Ferment the Festival tickets here:


Tickets purchased at the gate will cost $30 for the day or the same $40 for a weekend ticket.


What are your favourite cheeses and fermented products?



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