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October’s NZ Cheese Month encourages Kiwis to try a new cheese

Kiwis are being encouraged to try a new cheese this month to celebrate New Zealand Cheese Month.

A regular event on the country’s food calendar, New Zealand Cheese Month is an initiative created and organised by the New Zealand Specialist Cheesemakers Association, to draw attention to the value of the local cheese industry. NZ Cheese Month occurs in October because it’s ‘spring flush’: the early days of spring, with warmth and soil moisture creating lush, green grass for animals to feast on. Sheep and goat milking resumes and there is plenty of fresh cheese available for cheese lovers.

NZSCA Chair, Catherine McNamara says the country’s cheesemaking industry is constantly evolving and she’s encouraging cheese lovers to take a fresh look and try something new.

NZSCA is working with Rutherford & Meyer to find Kiwis’ favourite NZ Cheese Company.

Cheese lovers are encouraged to visit to vote for their favourite NZ Cheese Company. The NZ Cheese Company with the most votes at the end of NZ Cheese Month will be named Rutherford & Meyer Favourite NZ Cheese Company.

Rutherford and Meyer owner Jan Meyer says being a proud NZ owned and operated business the partnership with NZ Cheese Month couldn’t have been more perfect. “Pairing our artisan range of crackers and fruit pastes with New Zealand’s best cheeses = a match made in heaven.”

Rutherford and Meyer are highlighting their number one fruit paste – Quince throughout NZ Cheese Month, as the perfect accompaniment for every cheese platter. Jan Meyer says “Quince paste pairing perfectly whether you’re enjoying creamy blue, soft brie, earthy camembert or even a nutty gouda – it matches with great NZ Cheese!

Cheese lovers can find NZ Cheese, top cheese retailers and farmers’ markets on the website, which has been updated for NZ Cheese Month.

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