Kangaroo Valley Show serves up first cheese-making competition

CUT ABOVE: Cheese judge Carole Willman will be judging the cheese section at the Kangaroo Valley on Friday, February 17. Everyone's welcome to enter a cheese. Details at kangaroovalleyshow.org.au. Photo contributed.

CUT ABOVE: Cheese judge Carole Willman will be judging the cheese section at the Kangaroo Valley on Friday, February 17. Everyone's welcome to enter a cheese. Details at kangaroovalleyshow.org.au. Photo contributed.

A cow given as a housewarming present in the 1980s kickstarted Carole Willman’s love of all things dairy. 

The Melbourne-based cheese judge will judge the first cheese making section at the Kangaroo Valley show this Friday, February 17.

Ms Willman said the biggest challenge in judging homemade cheese is the high quality. 

“I have to find the tiniest fault to find the winner, it’s often that good,” she said. 

Judging will see the overall appearance, smell, texture and taste into account – although as with wine tasting, too much of a good thing isn’t ideal and the cheese isn’t to be swallowed.

As for Ms Willman’s personal favourite, she said it’s too hard to choose. 

“It’s like saying you’ve got a favourite child,” she said.

“I love eating soft cheeses but I went to France and by the end I could’ve killed for a cheddar. I could never get sick of cheese though.”

Exhibitors are encouraged to enter as many sections as possible. Judging starts at 10am in the hall. Everyone can attend and have their cheese questions answered. 

Related: Patrick Reubinson passes on top cheese tips 

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