Cheese Fest + Ferment Festival

Cheese Fest has, for the longest time, been one of the most celebrated food festivals in Adelaide, where foodies (cheese lovers and others alike) unite together for a wonderful day of pairing the perfect wines with the perfect cheese. Now, after a 3 year break, Cheese Fest is back and from the sounds of it, it’s going to be bigger, better, and so much bolder!

Collaborating with Ferment and welcoming Spring in the best manner possible, Australia’s original and favourite CheeseFest will be nothing short of a grand affair, where special guest and “Master of Fromage” Matt Preston will make an appearance, along with a number of celebrated cheese producers + food producers, who will be supplying event-goers with delicious fermented treats, along with well-loved cheesy goodness.


Who knew that cheese wasn’t the only food that could be fermented? That’s right, think of everything from chocolate, gin, sourdough and even coffee – all of this will be readily available for a unique sensory experience at the Ferment Bar!

Expect to have a thoroughly interactive experience at this unmissable event, which will offer a plethora of activities for food lovers:

  • Free cooking demonstrations by “Master of Fromage” Matt Preston, revered chef Simon Bryant, and Masterchef alumni Jessie Spiby and Callum Hann cooking everything from cheese toasties to lentils and kimchi
  • The French Quarter, which will serve French cheeses, charcuterie, and French Champagne
  • RAA speed tasting (20 minute sessions), where people can enjoy the perfect pairing of cheese with Gin, beer, or wine (your drink of choice)
  • Cheese trivia, which the opportunity to win some delicious prizes
  • Free live music and dancing, which will add to a family-friendly affair
  • Child-friendly activities, such as face painting and balloon twisters
  • The CHEESE DOME (I’d pay for one in my home, to be honest)!

Undoubtedly, there will be no shortage of food that will be available to the public, so adding a cheesy twist to the mix, there will be cheese toasties with kimchi, raclette and Quattro Formaggio (Four Cheese) Pizza (to name a few)!

A wholesome session of cheese demands to be complemented by drinks and the wonderful teams from SA favourites (such as 23rd Street Distillery) will be making an appearance at the G+T Bar, not to mention the much needed spring refresher at the Aperol Spritz Bar by Adelaide MINI Garage), and of course, the Beer and BBQ Garden that will see 9 SA brewers pouring the palate cleansers generously. And not to worry, there will be plenty of natural wines from the Basket Range in the Adelaide Hills pouring into your glasses as well!


Director, head cheese-maker of Woodside Cheese Wrights, and South Australian Premium Food and Wine Ambassador Kris Lloyd has been the driving force behind the successful festival. In 2017, Kris introduced South Australia to FERMENT the FESTIVAL with great success, and this year has decided to combine the two festivals. CheeseFest is back by popular demand and the ever-growing interest in Fermentation and Gut Health warrants the two festivals create a platform for visitors to indulge in all things Cheese and fermented.

This event is such a wonderful way to appreciate and explore what our State has to offer in the food industry and what better way to explore it than in one location – Rymill Park on East End – which will be transformed to a playground for foodies, cheese lovers, wine connoisseurs alike!

Special thanks to Rachael Sia from Your Bae Ray for taking me along as her +1 to the event!

Rymill Park // Murlawirrapurka
East Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000

October 27: 11am – 8pm
October 28: 11am – 6pm

Price range: $25 (one day), $30 (at the gate), $40 (weekend pass)

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