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Summer - December 2012

WELCOME … from Rebekah

Hi all,

Now that 2012 is coming to a close, we would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year of happiness and good luck sourcing good, local cheese - as well as food & wine that is good, clean and fair.

We have had a wonderful eleventh year at Alexandrina Cheese, highlights include being recognised by Alexandrina Council while celebrating the official Australian Year of the Farmer 2012, and proudly accepting another international award from the World Jersey Cattle Bureau for our Vintage Cheddar.

Among a multitude of other highlights, this year we have appreciated more live Folk music with our seasonal Fiddles on the Farm concerts, and gratefully served the arts community by hosting ten artists within the "Food Gate" of The Alexandrina Farmgate Festival, and we have continued to embrace the chance to connect with the consumer at both Willunga Farmers Market (fortnightly) and Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Market (weekly). And, who could forget our seventh attendance at CheeseFest12 in Rymill Park, Adelaide.

Amazingly the last eleven months have passed by with the blink of an eye. The reason - our heads are down to business.

The last year has seen us tend, grow, feed, milk, make, mature, taste, eat, as well as package, box, send, to share our handmade cheeses from our farm to many valuable stockists and tables throughout South Australia.

Furthermore, we would love to acknowledge our hard working, reliable, conscientious team members across all areas of the workplace – thank you Team Alexandrina.

With the arrival of our 5th generation (Jozef now 16 months old) we have not managed much correspondence (via email) this year, but we have embraced social media, and keep our friends updated daily with snippets of our activities. There is much more to come so make sure you are part of the conversation…LIKE us on face book or TWEET about us @alexcheeseco

Our plans for 2013 are to keep working to provide the finest quality dairy products to you, our loyal customers. We hope to reach more of the South Australian market with our handmade cheeses and luxury dairy products. Be sure to watch out for our new Alexandrina Recipe Cards to be released once a month starting in January.

We love to see children, students, chefs, producers and most importantly locals (and not so locals) enjoying our products, and we love that you are with us on this exciting adventure.

Our thanks to you for supporting our small business in tough times, and we owe it to you for keeping on driving to Mt Jagged to share time at our distinctive farm shop, and helping all businesses in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Next year, we hope that you can help us to celebrate our 40th year of farming in Mt Jagged.

Cheers for cheese, Rebekah

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Festive Gift Hampers


Four gift hampers to choose from ...

Gourmet Alexandrina $129         King Alexandrina $99
Queen Alexandrina $79        Jolly Farmers $59     

Festive orders to be received by December 20th, 9am
24 hours notice is required for all gift hamper orders
South Australian distribution only
*Conditions apply for Regional SA distribution
Free delivery with 3 hampers +
A popular alternative, give an Alexandrina Gift Voucher

Enquiries welcome
ORDERS    t. 8554 9666     e. info@alexandrinacheese.com.au

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Press Release
International Award

World Jersey Cheese Awards 2012

Alexandrina Cheese are indeed thrilled and delighted for the success of our Alexandrina Vintage Cheddar, at the World Jersey Cheese Awards on 6th October 2012.

Winning our 3rd consecutive international Gold Medal recognises consistency and quality of our handmade Australian jersey milk cheeses.

We have given third generation cheese maker Dan McCaul a pat on the back, and thanks to the Alexandrina Team, through all sectors; from the dairy, production, wholesale and retail.

Additionally, many thanks to the World Jersey Cattle Bureau (WJCA), who hosts the World Jersey Cheese Awards bi-yearly on the Island of Jersey.

Congratulations to WJCA the organising committee for the opportunity to compete and benchmark our cheese with like-milk products in this unique and prestigious worldwide competition.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycheese.com

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Australian Year of the Farmer 2012

Year of farmerRecognition from Alexandrina Council to celebrate Year of the Farmer.

Congratulations Dan & Krystyna for accepting their award for 'Farming Diversification' at the Alexandrina Council's Australian Year of the Farmer dinner, on September 19th 2012. The unexpected award was for successes achieved in farming diversification. This was an awesome acknowledgment of our family business and further commitment to our farming community.

The day after receiving the award (award pictured in front), behind Hadi, John & Darcy assessing Edam cheese in the cheese room.

Austrailan Year of the farmerInvitation accepted, Dan & Krystyna visit Government House, November 27th 2012.

More recently, Dan & Krystyna enjoyed a twilight tour of Government House in late November.

The invitation came from His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia, and his wife to celebrate Australian Year of The Farmer, by all accounts they had a lovely time!

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What's Next? T'was a couple of days before Christmas

Twas Christmas, Sunday 23 December 2012 (invitation)

Simply wear your bells to bring in the festive season with Alexandrina Cheese!

The Fleurieu Harmony ChorusAlexandrina Cheese presents Twas Christmas, the last event of the year to be held on next Sunday, 23 December 2012. It is the fifth year that we have hosted the Fleurieu Harmony group, who pull together a unique men's barbershop harmony group. "Fleurieu Harmony entertain you with a sweep of chorus songs, and usually few Christmas carols" Rebekah McCaul marketing manager says.

"We just love supporting the Fleurieu Harmony group, and other Fleurieu based artists & musicians", she adds. Next Sunday, 23 December, visitors can sit down to share an Alexandrina cheese platter, and taste of a Goodieson beer, or a local wine from Magpie Springs or an icy cold cider, as well strawberries for dessert, served with devilish Pure Jersey Cream.

In previous years' Twas Christmas has been a wonderful chance to catch up with close friends, or family, and wish the end of the year well.

"It is great chance to switch off from the retail buzz, and when everyone else still in the shops!", Rebekah McCaul marketing manager says.

"However, we do find that this is a good opportunity to return home with cheese and luxury dairy products, and last minute pick up of our customised cheese gift boxes, and other beautiful gifts such as books, puddings and festive cookie cutters" "This is a great way to share country lunch platter, clink a drink, and start celebrating the end of the year", Rebekah says.

Entry to the concert is free, bookings are essential as there is usually limited seating inside, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic rugs to relax on the lawns.

The Cheesery is open from 10am, with musical entertainment starting after 12noon. Download T'was Christmas Flyer PDF icon (PDF 229 KB).

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Sunday 13 January Lion's Food & Wine Festival, Victor Harbor

Alexandrina Cheese will be offering tastings, and Cheese for Dudes & Cheese for Chicks lunch packs.

Lions Food & Wine Festival Victor HarborSouthern Fleurieu Wines, food from local producers, cooking demonstration with celebrity cooks as well as BBQ, soft drinks, tea, coffee & ice cream.

Sunday 13th January 2013, Grosvenor Gardens, Victor Harbor, 10 am to 4pm

Admission is $6, which includes a souvenir glass | All proceeds go to assist Community Projects

For further information ring 8554 2827 www.lionsfoodandwinefestival.com.au

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February 2013 Wooden Boat Festival, Goolwa

The Festival held within the Goolwa Wharf Precinct is set for a weekend filled with on water and on land action, loads of entertainment and opportunity to get up close and personal with wooden river vessels, from elegant yachts to sleek classic speedboats.

There is plenty to see and do for all the family on both water and land in 2013, including cruise on a paddlesteamer, indulge in regional food and wine, delight in the entertainment, browse or purchase from one of the many stalls and exhibitions and enjoy a full program of on water and on land events Accommodation bookings and local information, contact Goolwa Visitor Information Centre.

For further information 1300 466 592 or visit the website.

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Janet Seidel returns to the Fleurieu Peninsula 2013

Alexandrina Cheese previously hosted The Janet Seidel Trio as a guest artists for the infamous Jazz with Janet, and the Jerseys in 2005, 2008 & 2010.

And, we wanted to let her local fans into a secret, Janet, Chuck & David are back in the Fleurieu Peninsula this coming summer...

Janet Seidel Trio  -  Chuck Morgan Summer SchoolJanet Seidel Trio presents: Chuck Morgan's Summer School for Uke South Australia.

The course will run for one day with 3 sessions of 90 minutes duration.

Enrolment for the summer school is open to players of all ages and skill levels and offers the rare opportunity for all participants to learn and play in a group environment.

Chuck will cover many aspects of ukulele technique, history, styles of playing and theory as required.

We believe the uke is very versatile and past students have found inspiration in Chuck's direction of the small ukulele orchestra approach. By the 3rd session of the day the group should find themselves playing together and along with the Janet Seidel trio in a way they may have scarcely imagined.

With sessions in Pt Elliot, Second Valley and Victor Harbor, this promises to be a unique hands-on experience for ukulele enthusiasts in the Fleurieu area, who can spend a concentrated amount of time learning from these master musicians before they perform at the upcoming Melbourne International Ukulele Festival in March.

The Janet Seidel Trio appear in concert Sunday 6 January, 6pm. Summer Schools for Ukulele will be held on 6 January in Goolwa, 9 January in Port Elliot, 10 January in Second Valley and 11 January in Victor Harbor at 9:30am, 11:30am and 2pm. Cost is $30 per session or $75 if pre-paying for all three.

Click here - online bookings for all venues , also early-bird registration.
YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLc7egtg678

Based in Sydney, Australia, vocalist / pianist Janet Seidel currently enjoys a rare and enviable international reputation with 17 CDs released in Australia and also available in several other countries. In the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD 2006 (UK) she is described as "Australia's first lady of jazz singing".

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Gift Hampers this season at Alexandrina Cheese

Stumped for what to get your
favourite cheese lover this Christmas?
Look no further, one of four Alexandrina
Gift Hampers to choose from ...
orders T 8554 9666

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To market, to market:


Upcoming Markets

Willunga Farmers Market logo

To all our wonderful patrons and customers at the market.

Summer trading at the Willunga Farmers Market ...

December 22nd
January 6th, January 19th
February 2nd, February 16th

If you can't make the market, be sure to pop up to the factory on Sneyd Road, if you are needing any dairy delights.

Saturdays from 8am - 12:30pm
in Willunga Town Square

Willunga Farmers Market was the first farmers market to be established in South Australia and is now considered one of the best.

'Meet the grower and taste the region' is the theme for this market, held every Saturday in Willunga Town Square; rain, hail or shine!

With more than 55 stalls selling fresh primary produce from regional farms and Fleurieu Peninsula products, shoppers experience a diverse variety, showcasing all that is fresh and seasonal.

Check out the new website: www.willungafarmersmarket.com

Remember to buy local, support local at the Willunga Farmers Market.


Adelaide Showground Farmers Market,

To all our wonderful patrons and customers at the market, The Alexandrina stall is open every Sunday at Adelaide Farmers Market (except during Adelaide Show time).

Sundays from 9am - 1pm at the Adelaide Showground, Leader Street, Goodwood

The Adelaide Showground Farmers' Market is the largest farmers' market in South Australia. Established in October 2006, the not-for-profit organisation supports small family farms, agricultural diversity and fresh, regional and seasonal choices for consumers. This Farmers' Market attracts up to 5,000 locals and visitors every Sunday.

It is a vibrant place where farmers and producers representing every region of the state bring seasonal produce sell direct to the public in inner-city Adelaide. This Market inspires consumers to consider where their food comes from and how it is produced. Producers also maximise their profit margins by selling direct to the public and receive instant feedback from customers about product quality and preferences.

It must be a trend,
also check out the new website: http://www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au


Feature in Cheese Mag

Cheese Magazine feature

Check out feature article The Grate Outdoors, Sydney based Sonia Cousins matches ...


Click here to read full article pp 37-39 ...
Cheese and Wine MatchingPDF icon (PDF 1.6MB).

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Alexandrina Cheese is NOW stocking
The Cheese Mag.


Book release | Cheese For Dummies

An accessible guide to selecting,
cooking with, and making cheese

Alexandrina Cheese Company are absolutely thrilled stoked to get a mention, in Chapter 14 (pp 218) in Off-the-Map Cheesemaking. As do Barossa Valley Cheese Company, Woodside Cheese Wrights & Udder Delights. Also detailed are South Australia's Cheese & Wine trails, in McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills & Barossa Valley.

A big thanks to part time local Thalassa & US based Laurel for believing in us!

Get your hands on a copy of Cheese For Dummies.

Cheese for dummiesFrom a pungent Gorgonzola to the creamiest Brie, the world of cheese involves a vocabulary of taste second only to wine. With the rise of artisanal cheeses, this once humble food made from curdled milk is now haute cuisine. And to make the new world of cheese less intimidating, Laurel Miller and Thalassa Skinner have created a handy primer to selecting cheese, pairing cheese with wine, cooking with cheese, and making cheese. In Cheese For Dummies, everyday cheese lovers will learn how to become true cheese connoisseurs.

Not only will readers get a look at how different cheeses are made around the world, in Cheese For Dummies, they'll develop enough of a palate to discern which cheese is right for them.

  • Explains how to assemble the perfect cheese plate
  • Includes recipes for cooking with cheese
  • Details how to make five cheeses, including Mozzarella, Chevre, and Ricotta
  • Supplemented with a 16-page photo insert

With artisanal and imported cheeses now common to mainstream grocery stores, the everyday cheese lover needs more than simply his nose to make the best choice. Offering wise (and delicious!) advice on every page, Cheese For Dummies is a guide for anyone interested in making every mealtime with cheese a special occasion.

Authors from Culture Magazine, Laurel Miller, Thalassa Skinner, Foreword by Ming Tsai. ISBN: 978-1-1180-9939-1

Paperback & E-book format available.
408 pages, April 2012.


Feature in The Advertiser
Good Food Guide 2013

Feature in The Advertiser Good Food Guide 2013

Thanks for the review,
in Sample the Sights pp 155.

Adelaide's Most Trusted Restaurant Guide | South Australia's dining landscape is continually changing, and with thousands of places to pick from, the choice can be daunting.

With 160+ expert reviews and dining options in the city and regional centres, The Advertiser Food Guide 2013 helps you uncover the food secrets of our suburbs.

Only $14.95, the guide is available at selected Newsagents, all good bookstores, the News Shop, 31 Waymouth Street Adelaide, or to order call 131 841.

Also available on your iPhone, you can keep all 166 great restaurants in your pocket.


Listen to ABC Radio Late Afternoons –
Woman of the Week 2013

ABC feature with Becky
Headphones on, Rebekah is set to go, on Wednesday in the ABC studio.

Each week the Late Afternoons program features the ladies who are 'movers and shakers' in our regional communities.

This week they meet Rebekah McCaul Alexandrina Cheese Company's Marketing Manager.

Rebekah was lucky enough to be invited to join Annabelle Homer on her Late Afternoon program on 21 November 2012, 445pm.

Click to listen to the interview
or visit Late Afternoons on Facebook.com






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