Who’s the ‘big cheese’

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With more than 400 en­tries, a new milk type, three new in­ter­na­tional judges and five new cheese com­pa­nies step­ping into the ring, this year’s NZ Cham­pi­ons of Cheese Awards are set to be the most com­pet­i­tive yet.

Now in its eleventh year, the NZ Cham­pi­ons of Cheese Awards see our coun­try’s finest spe­cial­ity cheese come to­gether un­der one roof, in the hope of win­ning one of 16 cham­pion ti­tles.

New Zealand’s largest cheese ex­porters, our small­est ar­ti­san cheese­mak­ers, and even home crafted cheeses, will be judged by an ex­pert panel at The Lang­ham ho­tel on Sun­day March 2.

For the first time in award his­tory, cheese made from deer milk is be­ing en­tered. Deer cheese was in­tro­duced last year as a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween White­stone Cheese along­side sci­en­tists at the Univer­sity of Otago and Lin­coln Univer­sity, and drew in­ter­est of the feat of milk­ing deer and the tech­ni­cal skill of turn­ing deer milk into cheese.

Kiwi cheese lovers can also have their say with the New World Cham­pion Favourite Cheese Award se­lected en­tirely by pub­lic votes through the New World web­site (www.new­world­cheesea­wards.co.nz). Vot­ing is open now till Fe­bru­ary 26.

The 2014 NZ Cham­pi­ons of Cheese Award win­ners will be an­nounced at a gala din­ner at The Lang­ham in Auck­land on Tues­day March 4.

The pub­lic are in­vited to sam­ple award-win­ning cheeses on Wd­nes­day. Cui­sine CheeseFest, billed as at the ul­ti­mate event for cheese lovers, takes place at The Lang­ham from 5pm to 8.30pm. Tick­ets are avail­able for $30 per per­son at www.eventfinder.co.nz or $35 at the door.

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