& Whey eNews Winter July 2010
nothing like ... Alexandrina Cheese Company"
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. For winter, the Alexandrina culinary team
are serving Soup on Sunday.
Enjoy singing your own tune of freshness this
With a cheesey grin, Rebekah McCaul
week, Alexandrina Cheese Company were again able to wave the Australian
flag at the 2nd biannual World Jersey Cheese Awards on Jersey Island,
McCaul Family are delighted to announce receiving three prizes from the
prestigious World’s Best Jersey Cheese 2010.
Cheese Company, Australia; received one gold, two silver medals ..
Gold Medal for the Alexandrina
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.
The 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
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
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
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,
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."
FLASH! Monday 28 June 2010.
Fiddles on the Farm –
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
• Local wine by the glass or sip on a bottle of premium
• 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
Congratulations - Name a Jersey!
to the lovely Mr Bryant of Adelaide, who suggested “Maggie”, the
winning the “Name a Jersey!” competition in March 2010. Thanks Simon!
also goes to The Advertiser - TASTE, for the wonderful article which
featured in 26th May 2010. Please click
here to read the article.
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 email@example.com
Whale time Playtime Festival
The 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
A fun weekend not to be missed!
Date: 3 July 2010 - 4 July
Time: 10 am - 4pm
Location: Whale Centre, 2 Railway
Terrace, Victor Harbor, Adelaide SA
Ages: All Ages, Cost:
Event Info: www.whaletimeplaytimefestival.com.au.
For more information download
the program (PDF
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.
Cheers, Carol Cooney; Strathalbyn Visitor Information Centre
Dan McCaul toasts
Greg Mitchell of Goolwa with the raffle prize of an Alexandrina Cheese
Three Wise Men hamper
on Saturday 29th May 2010.
James Buntin with the winner of Toss the Coin
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.
Jim, Kelsey, Chloe
(Alexandrina Team), Julie and Mitchell, enjoy the easter egg hunt.
Ben, James, Emma (Alexandrina Team), Megan,
Mark and Bruce enjoy the milkshakes.
Mikaela, Joe, Chelsea (Alexandrina Team),
Riley and Meredith, enjoy the easter weekend.
In the School Holidays …
Celebrate Bluebell's Birthday!!
nothing like drinking
a full cream milkshake!"
Let us all celebrate Bluebell's Birthday!in the School
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
If you would like to make a booking, simply T 85549666,
tables of two, four or eight!
Launch of Coffee Club!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Click on the poster for more information.
for a Alexandrina Cheese Coffee Club Membership Form.
Wicked Wednesday in Winter!
Be sure to organise the gals for Wicked Wednesday in
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!
Season … Winter
See Alexandrina Cheese Company
every fortnight at the WFM.
Meet the grower and taste the region
at Willunga Farmers Market.
Saturdays from 8am - 12:30pm
in Willunga Town Square.
Remember to buy local, support
local at the Willunga Farmers Market.
Victor Harbor Farmers Market Saturday
3 July 2010
Today, 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.
of the Season
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.
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.
nothing like tasting
Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar."
Stockist of the Season
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.
Remember to Live Life to the Full, and Drink Alexandrina
Full Cream milk, and remember to shop at Farm Fresh Murray Bridge!
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
Recipe of the Season
chance a recipe swap in Strathalbyn...
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.
of the Season -
Maisie's Grown-up Bread and Butter
- 125 g cinnamon butter
- Stale bread , or stale fruit bread or brioche (approx 5-6
- 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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