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Curds & Whey eNews Winter July 2010

"There's nothing like ... Alexandrina Cheese Company"


Hi all,

Another season “bites-the-dust”, and glorious winter is officially here! Talking about dust, autumn surely dragged on here on the southern Fleurieu Peninsula with beautiful warm days, cold jack-frost nights and not much of the wet stuff. Talking about the wet stuff, we South Australians’ love to call this rain, and we have finally seen the beginning of a good growing season. In May, the clouds certainly opened with at least two wild and wet storms, dropping plenty of puddles. The up-side, has been the growth of the green grass and the jersey cows continue to munch on this nutritious fodder.

In mid June, the team at Alexandrina Cheese Company were again able to wave the Australian flag at the second biannual World Jersey Cheese Awards on Jersey Island, United Kingdom. The McCaul Family are delighted to announce receiving three prizes from the prestigious World’s Best Jersey Cheese 2010; hence, we are madly waving the Australian flag, for the 2nd time!! Read on for all the results of the World Jersey Cheese Awards. Please click below to read the News Flash.

In late June, the Retail & Tourism team at Alexandrina Cheese Company received another big gong! This time, a well deserved tourism award. The team were able to take away the Overall Winner of Tourism Attractions at the Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Awards! "It is just wonderful to be recognized as a leader among some of the strongest tourism operators in the region." Please click below to read the News Flash – Top of Tourism Attractions!

The most exciting buzz around Alexandrina Cheese Company, is usually on the third Sunday of the month. We are joined by four amazing women who make up The Ryebuck Sheila’s. Hence, tables fill up fast for Fiddles on the Farm, and the session brings big smiles to new and old folk lovers alike.Alexandrina Cheese logo For winter, the Alexandrina culinary team are serving Soup on Sunday.

Enjoy singing your own tune of freshness this winter,
With a cheesey grin, Rebekah McCaul

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Waving the Australian flag,  for the 2nd time! World Jersey Cheese Awards This week, Alexandrina Cheese Company were again able to wave the Australian flag at the 2nd biannual World Jersey Cheese Awards on Jersey Island, United Kingdom.

The McCaul Family are delighted to announce receiving three prizes from the prestigious World’s Best Jersey Cheese 2010.

Alexandrina Cheese Company, Australia; received one gold, two silver medals ..
Gold Medal for the Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar
Silver Medal for the Mt Magnificent Gouda
Silver Medal for the Encounter Bay Edam

In 2008 the World Jersey Cattle Bureau launched the world’s first produce awards dedicated to a single breed of livestock - The World Jersey Cheese Awards. The concept was simple; demonstrate the quality and diversity of cheeses made from 100% Jersey milk to reinforce in the mind of consumers that when it comes to quality look for ’Jersey’ as a mark of the very best.

The 2nd World Jersey Cheese Awards, an initiative of the WJCB, were judged in the Island of Jersey on Friday 11th June 2010. 102 entries were received from 10 countries and the cheese awarded the title of the World's Best Jersey Cheese 2010 was "Jersey Blue" made by Willi Schmid from Switzerland. Congratulations to all winners, and a big 'thank you' to all the entrants. judges and helpers, there would be no competition without you all.

Judges at World Jersey Cheese AwardsThe lead judges had this to say of the competition, June 2010:

John Allison from the United Kingdom: "The Gold Medal winners were of an extremely high standard and would have ranked as such anywhere in the world. I was amazed by the variety of cheeses made from Jersey milk. The diligence & skill of the panel of judges made it an enjoyable and worthwhile competition."
Kathy Guidi from Canada: "It was wonderful to see such an array of high quality hand crafted cheeses from around the world made.”

Click on NEWS FLASH! Friday 18 June 2010.

"There's nothing like talking to Dan the cheesemaker ..."

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Top Tourism Attraction on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Top tourism attraction on the Fleurieu Peninsula

On Friday evening, Rebekah McCaul, Marketing Manager was able to bounce onto the stage accept the award for Alexandrina Cheese Company as the Overall Winner of Tourism Attractions at the Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Awards, Friday 25 June 2010. The annual Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Awards were held in the ballroom of Currency Creek Winery Complex, Goolwa.

Rebekah McCaul, Marketing Manager: "We are so thrilled to receive this particular award, and it is such a privilege for Alexandrina Cheese to be voted as Overall Winner of Tourism Attractions in our Fleurieu Peninsula region" she says, "It further emphasises how much we love what we do at Alexandrina Cheese" she adds, "We have been collectively aiming for this award for nine years, and it is terrific to display it on the counter for all our local, domestic and international visitors to see on entry to The Cheesery"

Alexandrina Cheese Company has operated their farm gate retail shop since 2002, operating daily since 2005. Alexandrina Cheese Company attracts approximately 43,000 visitors per annum, and marks itself as a leader in providing regional food tourism in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Top tourism attraction on the Fleurieu Peninsula

Rebekah McCaul, Marketing Manager: "Benchmarking, by entering the Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism Awards, continually assists our family business to further develop and define our business strategy. By winning this award we strive to provide our community and its visitors with a tourism attraction of quality, excellence, distinction."

The Alexandrina Retail & Tourism team at Alexandrina Cheese Company, were overjoyed to hear of the news on Saturday morning, the team all clinked coffee cups at the 10 o'clock opening time to celebrate their success.

Rebekah McCaul, Marketing Manager: "Receiving the Tourism Attraction award helps us demonstrate and congratulate our Retail and Tourism team for the fantastic job they do on the frontline to help promote Alexandrina Cheese, Fleurieu Peninsula and South Australia to our visitors."

Alexandrina Cheese Company were among seven winners on Friday 25 June. We congratulate and honour all the entrants, and other award winners who were involved in tourism's night of nights.

Rebekah McCaul, Marketing Manager: "It is just wonderful to be recognized among some of the strongest tourism operators in the region."

Click on NEWS FLASH! Monday 28 June 2010.

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Fiddles on the Farm – Sundays ... JUNE 20th / JULY 18th / AUGUST 15th
Fiddles on the Farm –
Sundays ...

JUNE 20th
JULY 18th

(Download flyer PDF icon PDF 1.13 MB)

The music always starts at 1pm, featuring local folk musicians “The Ryebuck Sheilas”. This band pull together four talented Fleurieu Peninsula based folk artists to play a sweep of traditional folk songs.You will hear violin, guitar, mandolin, and amazing voices!

Join us at Alexandrina Cheese for a warm and tasty WINTERY afternoon.

• Local wine by the glass or sip on a bottle of premium apple cider!
• Soup on Sunday, served crème fraiche & Andy’s panini bread.
• Ploughman’s Lunch platters are made fresh.
• 3 platters to choose from – Pickers’ Plate, Cheese Makers’ Choice, & Fleurieu Feast.
• AlexandrinashireTea, baked ricotta cheese cake served with an espresso, tea or milkshake.

Entry to the concert is FREE, bookings are ESSENTIAL. Please book a table by phoning Rebekah on T 8554 9666. (Download flyer PDF icon PDF 1.13 MB)

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Congratulations - Name a Jersey!

Congratulations to the lovely Mr Bryant of Adelaide, who suggested “Maggie”, the winning the “Name a Jersey!” competition in March 2010. Thanks Simon!

Nigella the jersey calf at Alexandrina Cheese!

Appreciation also goes to The Advertiser - TASTE, for the wonderful article which featured in 26th May 2010. Please click here to read the article.

Name a Jersey! Please enter as many times as you like for naming any of the new calves who have been born recently in autumn or the calves who will be born in Spring. Simply email your chosen name to nameajersey@alexandrinacheese.com.au

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Whale time Playtime Festival

Whale time Playtime FestivalThe festival is jam packed with fun activities for all ages including, balloon artist, bouncy castle, face painting, circus performers, Professor Blubber show, Kids in the kitchen, Lindi Jane ventriloquist, octomaze, buskers and lots lots more!!
A fun weekend not to be missed!

Date: 3 July 2010 - 4 July 2010
10 am - 4pm
Location: Whale Centre, 2 Railway Terrace, Victor Harbor, Adelaide SA
Ages: All Ages, Cost: Free

Event Info: www.whaletimeplaytimefestival.com.au.
For more information download the program PDF icon (PDF 691 KB).

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Whisky and Cheese Tasting, May 2010

Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

Alexandrina Cheese Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

Alexandrina Cheese Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

“Hi Rebekah, Just wanted to say thank you again for a fantastic and informative evening. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The whisky was scrummy and your cheeses are beautiful. The event was presented very professionally but we all felt very welcome and at home. Well done!”
Cheers, Carol Cooney; Strathalbyn Visitor Information Centre

RIGHT: Dan McCaul toasts
Greg Mitchell of Goolwa with the raffle prize of an Alexandrina Cheese Three Wise Men hamper
on Saturday 29th May 2010.

Alexandrina Cheese Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

ABOVE: James Buntin with the winner of Toss the Coin

Alexandrina Cheese Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

Alexandrina Cheese Whisky Tasting May 2010 – a success!

Dan McCaul and James Bustin talk passionately about
making and matching cheese with whisky.

Appreciation also goes to The Australian Tumbler Magazine, for the wonderful article which featured Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar recently.

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Easter Gallery

Easter GalleryJim, Kelsey, Chloe (Alexandrina Team), Julie and Mitchell, enjoy the easter egg hunt.

Easter GalleryBen, James, Emma (Alexandrina Team), Megan, Mark and Bruce enjoy the milkshakes.

Easter Gallery Mikaela, Joe, Chelsea (Alexandrina Team), Riley and Meredith, enjoy the easter weekend.

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In this Issue:

In the School Holidays … Winter

Celebrate Bluebell's Birthday!!

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"There's nothing like drinking
a full cream milkshake!"

Let us all celebrate Bluebell's Birthday!in the School Holidays.

All visitors are welcome to celebrate the birthday of Bluebell with a lovely "Blu-Moo" Milkshake!

Standard Milkshakes are $3.75 each, and a great treat for kids who may need to stock up on calcium in winter.

Kids FUN Kits will be available in July!

Bring your family for a milkshake, & enjoy some time together.

If you would like to make a booking, simply T 85549666, tables of two, four or eight!

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Launch of Coffee Club!!

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Join our new Coffee Club!

Become a member of the new Alexandrina Cheese Coffee Club for big rewards. Come and join in on all the fun, especially on Wednesday for Wicked Wednesday in Winter! Book yourself and your friends in for Coffee Club at ‘The Cheesery’ on Wednesday.

Indulge in an Alexandrinashire Tea $7.70, per person for a standard coffee, tea or milkshake served with cake.

Bookings essential, please call Rebekah on T 8554 9666. More information email info@alexandrinacheese.com.au.

Alexandrina Cheese Company, farm-gate, Sneyd Road, Mt Jagged, 8 km south of Mt Compass.

OPEN weekdays 12noon until 5pm weekends 10-4:30pm.

buy LOCAL support LOCAL eat REGIONAL www.alexandrinacheese.com.au.

Jon Alexandrina Cheese Coffee Club
Click on the poster for more information.

Contact us for a Alexandrina Cheese Coffee Club Membership Form.

Wicked Wednesday in Winter!

Be sure to organise the gals for Wicked Wednesday in Winter!

Prizes galore - every Wednesday each espresso coffee to be ordered will receive a special raffle ticket!

We will have three $10 Alexandrina Cheese Produce Vouchers to give away each week!

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In the Season … Winter

Willunga Farmers Market logo

See Alexandrina Cheese Company
every fortnight at the WFM.

Meet the grower and taste the region
at Willunga Farmers Market.

Lisa May and Alexandrina Cheese Company  every fortnight at the WFM.

Saturdays from 8am - 12:30pm
in Willunga Town Square.
Remember to buy local, support
local at the Willunga Farmers Market.

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Victor Harbor Farmers Market Saturday 3 July 2010

Victor Harbor Farmers Market - Saturday 3 July 2010Today, Saturday 3 July 2010, you have the chance to meet Rebekah and Zac at the Victor Harbor Farmers Market. The Alexandrina Cheese stall will be packed to the rafters with all the best hard cheeses available. Try to get to the market early, it starts at 8am, to witness Whale Time Play Time celebrations! Once you arrive you will be able to snaffle all the best cheeses into your shopping basket, before the bell rings at 12:30pm. You will have the chance to get involved with our tutoured tastings, with samples of Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, Romano, Pepato and Feta on offer.

Seasonal appearances - Victor Harbor Farmers Market - catch us at the market in September!

Mark the 25th September 2010 in your diary!

Remember to buy local support local.

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Product of the Season
Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar

Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar is a cloth bound and rinded cheddar, aged between 15-18 months - it maintains a creamy texture but the flavour is wonderfully sharp.

This cheese has earnt itself a Gold medal winner at the recent World Jersey Cheese Awards.

We are so proud of the achievements of the Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar, in 2009 it was awarded Champion Cheddar at the South Australian Dairy Awards.

Creme Fraiche, cheese of the Season

All you need to remember is that it has a cloth black wax, and it is absolutely irresistible to any cheese lover!

Find out more about our range, clicking on Products.

"There's nothing like tasting
Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar."

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Stockist of the Season
Farm Fresh Murray Bridge

Murray Bridge is a dynamic family business supplying local fresh produce to the Murray Valley District. Farm Fresh Murray Bridge is located at 185 Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, SA, 5253, and you can phone ahead to speak with Tracey if you require any special orders T 85312888.

Watch out for adorable family relations from Karoonda who occasionally appear on posters - Max, Bridie and Patrick can be seen wearing Alexandrina t-shirts while shopping at Farm Fresh.

Farm Fresh Murray Bridge
Farm Fresh Murray Bridge
Farm Fresh Murray Bridge

Remember to Live Life to the Full, and Drink Alexandrina Full Cream milk, and remember to shop at Farm Fresh Murray Bridge!

Farm Fresh Murray Bridge

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New Stockists

Dernancourt Fresh

Dernancourt Fresh can be found at ...
Shop 5 /40 Lower North East Rd,
Dernancourt SA 5075.

Stirling Fruit Mart

Stirling Fruit Mart can be found at ...
39 Mt Barker Rd, Stirling / Ph: 8339 3970

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Recipe of the Season
By chance a recipe swap in Strathalbyn...

Palak Paneer

I met Maisie in Strathalbyn last week, and I have known her lovely daughter Jane (Cafe 11 adjoins The Olde Market Shed, Strathalbyn / Cafe 11 Jane Henderson T 8536 3811) for a number of years.

While chatting to Jane and Maisie, Maisie had mentioned our Whisky Tasting which we hosted a few weeks back. Maisie suggested this Grown-up Bread and Butter Pudding recipe as an inspiration to a good ole dram of whisky! The fruit in this recipe is soaked in whisky and we encourage the cook to sip on a glass of whisky while cooking. Yes, anything goes, especially if you are trying to keep warm this winter! Another plus, this uses half a pint of each Alexandrina full cream jersey milk and pure jersey cream! Maisie suggested that old fashioned food is always good and simple . I would have to agree with her. She also suggests that our traditional spices (mace, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves) are still the best.

Recipe of the Season -
Maisie's Grown-up Bread and Butter Pudding


  • 125 g cinnamon butter
  • Stale bread , or stale fruit bread or brioche (approx 5-6 slices)
  • 6-7oz. (180-200g) mixed dried fruit soaked in whisky
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 pint (~250ml) Alexandrina full cream jersey milk
  • 1/2 pint (~250ml) Alexandrina pure jersey cream
  • Grated lemon rind
  • A good measure whisky
  • 2oz. (60g) caster sugar
  • A scrape of fresh nutmeg (optional) or mace

Maisie does suggest mixing 1 tablespoon of cinnamon into the butter to make an infused Cinnamon Butter


Butter an ovenproof dish with some of the cinnamon butter, spread the bread with the remaining butter, taking it right to the edge, (remove crusts if desired) and cut into neat triangles. Take the fruit out of the whisky it has been soaking in. Place the triangles neatly in the dish, peak uppermost, and sprinkle the fruit in between the slices evenly. Beat the eggs, cream, Alexandrina full cream jersey milk and lemon rind together, adding any remaining whisky plus a good measure more (!), then add the sugar (and nutmeg if desired). Pour mixture over the bread and fruit. Sprinkle a little more sugar over the peaks and bake in a pre-heated oven 350F or Mark4 for about 30 minutes. It should look crisp and golden.

A note from Maisie, June 2010;
Isn't this recipe quaint, I'm not sure about the neat and even bit but I will certainly give it a try. I have a beautiful little recipe book -Favourite Recipes with Scotch Whisky which I will pop over and show you one day. It was very nice meeting you Rebekah and congratulations once more on you success with the cheeses. Best wishes for more medals,
Maisie Henderson Port Elliott.

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