UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIDAY CHEESE NIGHT SERIES

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CHEESE LOVERS CHRISTMAS FEAST
BLACK BARN RD CHEESE SCHOOL

Friday 7th December 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
Cost $75
79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North
   

Christmas inevitably invokes a siege mentality.  Convinced we will starve our family or unexpected visitors, we shop like they will never reopen.  The fridge inexplicably shrinks and the magic of Christmas becomes a myth.  For me cheese is the panacea.  It can be a superb but simple lunch with crusty bread, cold meats and crunchy vegetables.  A few dried figs, crunch apples and a bowl of nuts and the same selection becomes an impressive aperitif, or a magnificent cheeseboard when presented on a marble slab or wooden platter at the end of a long and leisurely supper, but only if it has been cut, kept and presented with care.

So join Juliet and discover how to buy, store, cut and wrap your cheese so they taste amazing, look spectacular and impress even the most jaded palate.

And what to serve with your cheese? Juliet has picked very special wines including a Port from her private collection - Fonseca Bin 27 Fine Reserve Port valued at around $150!  Plus 2 wines that will ensure your guests are as impressed by your wine choice as your cheese expertise.


PAST EVENTS

Summer F.A.W.C!

MASTERPIECES - FAKES OR FABULOUS FINDS 

Thursday 8th November 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
Clearview Winery
Refer F.A.W.C! website for ticket information

Like the world of art, there are many cheeses that take the name of a great European classic but do they always live up to the reputation, complexity and character of the great Masters or should they be revealed for the frauds they are? Having recently returned from lecturing on this very subject at the University of Gastronomic Science in Italy, Juliet Harbutt has put together a provocative tasting for F.A.W.C. lovers to discern for themselves the fakes from the fabulous finds. And to inspire the taste buds along the journey of discovery wine maker Tim Turvey and Juliet have come up with some equally controversial pairings. So grab a friend or 2 and book now.

F.A.W.C! DAY OUT AT BLACK BARN -  SCHOOL FOR BIG CHEESES

Saturday 3rd November 2018
School for Big Cheeses Session Times: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30
[Each session has a different theme, session is included in cost of ticket but space is limited, first come first serve]
Black Barn Vineyards, Black Barn Road 
Refer F.A.W.C! website for ticket information

Only for those seeking the ultimate cheese experience, this is a rare opportunity to savour the best artisan cheeses and expose the myths and misconceptions behind pairing cheese with alcohol. Set up like a long lunch in a special marquee, the School for Big Cheeses is designed to educate and inspire. Visitors can explore different aspects, styles or regions of cheese from a tiny sheep cheese to a big bold buffalo blue and explore the subtle [or not so subtle] skill of matching cheese with cider, beer, gin and single varietal apple juice.
Juliet will also reveal the secrets behind judging a cheese by it's cover so never again will you buy a cheese that has aged without maturing or tastes more like A4 paper than a brie from A2 milk! Cheese is as diverse and complex as wine!! A controversial statement to make especially in Hawke's Bay but is it true? You'll have to join us to find out.


CITY MISSION CHARITY DINNER

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Wellington

A very successful event raising $14,000 on the night. Thank you to all who came along and supported such an important cause with me. I thoroughly enjoyed being involved and it was great time meeting many of you there.


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MATAKANA TO BOMBAY

Date TBC
$55 includes cheese and wine

The Dairy @ Ponsonby Central, Auckland   

Although cows can still be seen on some of Auckland’s volcanoes, in outlying districts the cows have been replaced by goats and the odd buffalo (water buffalo not bison). These herds have boldly stepped in to provide the growing posse of Italian cheese lovers with their favourite cheese – mozzarella di bufala.  And, if you are very lucky, the occasional burrata, a sweet, buttery, pocket of luscious earthy milk and cream.  So if you fancy tasting the best buffalo mozzarella made in NZ and some other cheeses I have discovered while adventuring around the north then don’t leave it too long to book.

Contact The Dairy for ticket sales


FRIDAY CHEESE NIGHT SERIES

UNEXPECTED BEDFELLOWS * SORRY SOLD OUT *
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Friday 5th October 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$65 includes cheese and beer, cider, sloe gin and sake

79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North

On the first Friday of [almost] every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far.  This is one of my favourite tastings where I get to talk about my favourite subject – CHEESE – and pair them with some more unusual partners including beer, cider, sloe gin and sake.   I first did this tasting for the Masters students at the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Science in Italy and then on numerous occasion with amazing cheeses at the British Cheese Awards.  I have been complete blown away by some of the extraordinary tastes generated by the combinations.  And I will give participants my secret recipe for Sloe Gin – see you there. Maximum 18 people.


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NELSON AND MARLBOROUGH CHEESEMAKERS
OLD SHEEP, STRETCHED CURD & SASSY GOATS
Tuesday 25th - Thursday 27th September 2018

A tasting of cheese from Nelson & Marlborough with local Wines
Where you find great wines in Europe you will find great cheese so I'm not surprised Marlborough and Nelson are producing excellent cheeses.  And the cheesemakers have banded together and invited me to do a series of talks, tastings and training session in Nelson and Blenheim.  An insight into the complexity and character of the different milk types and cheese styles plus finding a match with local wines. 

25th Sept [Nelson]
1430-1600 Make your cheeseboard more profitable [hospitality]

26th Sept [Nelson]
1100-1230 The 7 different types of cheese [for NMIT students]
1800-1930 Old Sheep, Stretched Curd & Sassy Goat [for anyone who buys, sells or simply loves cheese]

27th Sept [Blenheim]
1030-1200 Make your cheeseboard more profitable [hospitality]
1800-1930 Old Sheep, Stretched Curd & Sassy Goat [for anyone who buys, sells or simply loves cheese]

So if you love good food, a good yarn and good company contact Cranky Goat today and we can send you more information.


FRIDAY CHEESE NIGHT SERIES

A HORIZONTAL & VERTICAL TASTING  *SOLD OUT*
BLACK BARN RD CHEESE SCHOOL

Friday 7th September 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$55 includes cheese and wines
79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North
   

On the first Friday of [almost] every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far.  This event is all about comparing the same cheeses at different stages of it's life [a horizontal tasting] and different cheeses at the same ages [a vertical tasting] all paired with great local Hawke's Bay wines. These nights are fun, informative and inspirational. For the expert and the beginner. It's a great way to end the week and start the weekend the way you mean to go on. Maximum 18 people so don't leave it too long.

SWEET WINES - FRIEND OR FOE *SOLD OUT*
BLACK BARN RD CHEESE SCHOOL

Friday 3rd August 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$55 includes cheese and wines
79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North
 

For generations the English have served Port with their precious king of the Blues Stilton.  Yet do they really bring out the best in each other?  Or is it simply a match based in history not taste?  We know that Sauterne with Roquefort is the closest you can get to a heavenly match but does the formulae work for all blue cheeses when they can be sharp, salty, buttery, mellow or even hint of dark chocolate.  There is a science as well as an art behind finding the perfect match and, like any good adventure, it’s the journey not the destination that counts.  So come and taste some luscious sweet wines with a range of different styles of cheese and decide for yourself.  Not to be missed.

These Cheese Tasting nights on the first Friday of [almost] every month are fun, informative and inspirational. For the expert and the beginner. It's a great way to end the week and start the weekend the way you mean to go on. Maximum 18 people so don't leave it too long.


A TASTE OF TUSCANY

HUNTER GATHERER TOUR

9th-11th June 2018
Discover the Real Tuscany
Castello di Potentino
Seggiano, Tuscany, Italy

I will be staying at the Castello di Potentino for 3 days enjoying their wonderful hospitality, stunning views, great food and very drinkable wines, especially the sangiovese wines.  If you want to experience some spectacular local cheeses at an impromptu tasting or even join me as I visit some of the producers of these Artisan cheeses then let me know or check the Castello di Potentino website for availability.  This is truly one of the hidden gems of Tuscany with stunning rooms and divine pool.


SLOW FOOD UNIVERSITY

MASTER STUDENTS PROGRAMME

4th - 8th June 2018
Influential foodies of the Future
Tasting cheese & it's History
University of Gastronomic Science - Italy

Like most jobs, a lot of my time is spent doing the mundane and boring but this is one of those wonderful jobs that makes me grateful I chose “cheese” as my career.  I get to work in my favourite part of Italy, teach a group of highly motivated students about the cheese of Europe from the Isle of Mull to the Algarve, revisit my favourite restaurants and enjoy the wines of Piedmont.  It’s a tough life.


British Cheese Awards

JUDGING AT THE AWARDS

Royal Bath & West, Shepton Mallet

Wednesday 30th May 2018

Having sold the British Cheese Awards in 2015 I am delighted to have been invited back as guest judge to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  With around 200 British cheese makers represented and 60 judges it will be a chance to catch up with friends and taste the cheeses I came to know and love over the last 35 years!  It all happens at the quintessentially English Royal Bath & West Show in the heart of cheddar country.  Definitely worth a visit if you are in the UK at the time.


FRIDAY CHEESE NIGHT SERIES

OLD WORLD VS NEW WORLD

Friday 4th May 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$55 includes cheese and wines, beers or ciders
79 Black Barn Road, Havelock North
   

On the first Friday of [almost] every month I host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to the amazing world of cheese.  This Friday is all about comparisons and how New Zealand cheese stacks up against the great classics of Europe and whether we should be making unique cheeses like we do in the wine world?   So come and test your palate in a blind tasting.  Learn what makes an authentic Feta, what the texture of Cheddar should be and what too much cream does to a cheese!
You don’t have to be an expert you just have to love food and it’s a great way to end the week and start the weekend.  Maximum 18 people so don't leave it too long.


BLESSED ARE THE CHEESEMAKERS SERIES

BLUES & EWES WITH LOCAL CRAFT BEER

Wednesday 2nd May 2018
6.30 - 8.00pm
$45 includes cheese and beer
The Dairy @ Ponsonby Central, Auckland
 
The next tasting in our Blessed are the Cheesemakers series is designed for Cheese Lovers and the really foodie in your life.  It is a fascinating comparison tasting of 5 very different NZ Blues and 5 lesser known ewes milk cheese to enable you to learn what makes a great cheese great, how to recognise them when they are ripe or not ripe. And learn to describe the complex textures, aromas and flavours of these extraordinary cheeses.


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SOUTH ISLAND ARTISAN CHEESES - SOLD OUT

Wednesday 18th April 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$60 includes cheese, wine and honey
Terra Viva Cafe
 Roydvale Ave, Christchurch 8053 
Amazing selection of cheeses from around the South Island matched with Cider, Beer, Kahurangi  Wines and honey from Taylor Pass Honey. Many of the cheeses have been ripened by Canterbury Cheesemongers specially for the evening. 


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ARTISAN CHEESES FROM HAWKE'S BAY

"Great event... Juliet really is a Master of all things cheese and the cheeses were even better!"  Colin Adams

Tuesday 13th February 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$55 includes cheese and wine
79 Black Barn Rd, Havelock North [map]

These tastings are designed to introduce you to the artisan cheeses of New Zealand and where possible the cheesemakers.  It’s a chance to hear the stories behind the cheeses, what makes them unique and what inspired the cheesemakers to make them along with a glass or 2 of excellent Hawkes Bay wine.
This month we meet 3 cheesemakers from the fertile farmland of the Wairarapa.  The Goodmans’ from The Drunken Nanny risen to fame on Country Calendar; Miles & Janet King from Kingsmeade who, in 1998, became one of the first cheesemakers in NZ to create ewes milk cheese and Cwmglyn [coom glin!!] a superb cheese made by Biddy Fraser with raw milk from the cows Dizzy, Lily, Patsy and Isobel.
Plus you'll discover the gentle art of bringing up cheeses, the etiquette of cutting cheese and how to create the perfect cheeseboard.  There are only 18 places available so grab a friend and book now.


BLACK BARN RD CHEESE SCHOOL

Friday Cheese Nights   

A Horizontal & Vertical Tasting

Friday 2nd March 2018
6.00 - 7.30pm
$55 includes cheese and wine
79 Black Barn Rd, Havelock North

On the first Friday of [almost] every month I will host a Cheese Tasting to introduce you to artisan cheeses from near and far.  Matching them with wines, beers and ciders, comparing the good, the not so good and the occasional Oscar winning little star!  You will learn to judge a cheese by its cover, identify a brie from a not so Brie and a Goat from your buffalo ... They are fun, informative and inspirational. For the expert and the beginner.  Just come with a hunger in your tummy and a love of good food.    And it's a great way to end the week and start the weekend the way you mean to go on.  Maximum 18 people so don't leave it too long.