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The cheesiest tips for assembling a cracking cheese board

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You’ll be wearing a cheesy grin this season when your guests lay eyes on your next level cheese board.

The storms are gone (for now) and the sunshine is back, so what better way to spend a warm weekend than enjoying an amazing cheese board with friends and family? Make picnics grate again with these warm weather cheese board tips from some of Brisbane’s top cheese retailers.

Sarah Thuillet | Emile and Solange

What are your tips for assembling a great warm weather cheese platter?

There’s nothing better than using seasonal fruits, and we are lucky enough in Australia to have summer fruits such as strawberries and raspberries to give a bit of colour to the platter, and melons; try rockmelon paired with prosciutto for a sweet and savoury combination, or watermelon with fresh goat’s milk cheese – they pair amazingly well. A warm weather platter must also include a fresh cheese such as burrata or mozzarella.

What’s your ideal cheesy summer day in Brisbane?

We don’t have a beach but we have some parks and a great river! I would go down to a park in West End with a bottle of sparkling wine and one of my favourite summer cheeses, La Tur (a combination of goat, cow and sheep’s milk from Piedmont in Italy). It’ a simple and cheap afternoon that Brisbane’s weather allows us to do pretty much all year long!

What cheese from your lineup are you loving at the moment?

Ossau Iraty, a sheep’s milk cheese from the Pyrenees in France, right on the border with Spain. This semi-hard cheese has a creamy and buttery texture. The flavour hints at herbs and fruit, with sweet, slightly nutty tones. It’s my best friend in spring (as it is not too heavy and sharp, but still has a little bit of herbaceous flavour) before I switch for slightly milder flavour and softer textured cheese in summer.

Zoe Johnstone | Say Cheese

What are your tips for assembling a great warm weather cheese platter?

Take advantage of all of the beautiful summer fruits and add some colour to your grazing tables and platters! I’m so excited for figs to be back in season and looking forward to adding them to our grazes again.

What’s your ideal cheesy spring day in Brisbane?

A balmy afternoon spent drinking wine and eating far too much cheese with my friends and family, usually before a barbecue, which we are always too full to eat as a result of the cheese consumption!

This usually involves starting the day with a visit to the Davies Park Markets in West End on a Saturday to buy fresh produce for a feast, followed by a visit to The Stores to select our cheese and charcuterie.

What cheese are you loving at the moment?

Goat’s cheese has always been a favourite of mine – I love pairing it with an onion marmalade or fresh honeycomb.

Stephanie Stevenson | Le Fromage Yard

What are your tips for assembling a great warm weather cheese platter?

Definitely to include fresh, creamy cheeses and fruitier hard cheeses. This is not to say to forget about the aged, firmer cheeses, but we think it’s important to keep a lot of freshness on the board. This could be with the inclusion of some figs, grapes, pears and apple. It’s always a good idea to balance flavours. Also – don’t follow the rules! Pair what YOU enjoy!

What’s your ideal cheesy summer day in Brisbane?

Definitely a day spent relaxing in the park with family and friends, grazing through a variety of cheeses (always Époisses) and some crisp Champagne or pinot gris!

What cheese from your lineup are you loving at the moment?

We are BIG firm cheese fans, but at the moment we are definitely overindulging in Persille de Chevre and Camembert Calvados – both beautifully creamy cheeses with distinct, rich flavours.

Sharyn and Sebastiaan de Kort | The Cheese Pleaser

What are your tips for assembling a great warm weather cheese platter?

Start with a selection of four to five cheeses including goat’s/sheep cheese.  We choose cheese with different shapes, colours and textures and include muscatels and house-made condiments.

We are all about the flow of the palate, so we only include seasonal fruits that compliments the cheese.

What’s your ideal summer day involving cheese in Brisbane?

Family, friends grazing over several hours in the afternoon with a cool breeze and great conversation.  Wines and Beers to match of course!

What cheese from your lineup are you loving at the moment?

Hmmmm…hard to choose just one! At the moment we are loving Midnight Moon – an aged goat cheese. It’s savoury and nutty with a caramel finish and as the cheese ages, protein crystals form and it gets a slight crunch.. Divine! 

 

Our super serious, highly academic research concludes that soft cheeses, fresh seasonal fruits, and chilled bevs are the best way to enjoy a warm weather cheese platter – and it sounds like a Gouda time to us!

Words by Georgia Condon
- the gourmand who will force you to eat blue cheese with her.