THEY weren’t resting on their laurels at Prom Country Cheese after their success at the 2015 Bendigo Bank Gippsland Business Awards last Friday night in Traralgon.
With their trophy for the best ‘Food and Wine production’ business in Gippsland sitting in pride of place in the Cheesery and Cellar Door Shop at Moyarra, it was back to work early on Saturday morning for cheese maker Burke Brandon and his wife, dairy farm manager and shop operator, Bronwyn.
As well as attending to the early morning milking and daily cheese making, there were two big groups coming in for some scheduled cheese-making workshops on both Saturday and Sunday.
“It’s a busy time for us but it was really beneficial being involved in the business awards,” said Bronwyn last Saturday.
“We’ve only been open here since last September, so of course we didn’t expect to win, but it was a nice surprise.
“The promotion that comes with it is welcome but just as good for us was the chance to meet with others running similar businesses and to see what they are doing.
“We were fortunate enough to have the overall winners on our table and we got the opportunity to talk to others and make contact with other businesses around the region.”
They might have been established at beautiful Moyarra, on Andersons Inlet Road, between Korumburra and Inverloch, for less than a year but the firm has been operating for more than 15 years at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula.
They know what they are doing and it shows.
The clean and fresh cellar door and shop was a hive of activity last Saturday with a big group in for the cheese-making workshop and after a hands-on session making Fetta Parmesan, Fetta and Ricotta; it was down to a glass or two of wine, talk and a cheese taste test.
What better way to spend a rainy winter’s day in South Gippsland?
The group was enthusiastic about the experience, not only visiting the rolling hills of South Gippsland but also learning a skill they plan to put into action at home.
Prom Country Cheese is no ordinary cheese maker. It’s a true ‘paddock to the plate’ local manufacturer, milking the stock on their own picturesque property and making a wide range of cheeses for local and external sales.
Cheeses include sheep, goat and dairy cow cheese in varieties including ‘Misty Valley’, a delicate, usually firm core goats’ cheese which ripens from the inside out; ‘Kongwak’ a fragrant sheep cheese in a mature pecorino style and the ‘Sheep Sensation’, a smooth tangy cheese with a mild rind. And that’s just for starters.
The Gippsland award notwithstanding, you can expect to hear a lot more about Prom Country Cheese in the years ahead and they make a very welcome addition to what’s on offer to visitors and locals alike in wonderful South Gippsland.