Northland’s cheesemakers are producing high quality cheese as evidenced by their success  in the 2017 New Zealand Champions of Cheese Awards.

Champion cheesemaker: Catherine Oakley (Winsam Farm, Kerikeri).

grinning geckoChampion soft white rind cheese: Grinning Gecko Brie (Grinning Gecko Cheese Co, Whangarei).

Champion sheep cheese: Just Ewe Winsam Farmhouse (Winsam Farm, Kerikeri).

Aspiring cheese maker: Zev Kaka-Holtz (Grinning Gecko Cheese Co, Whangarei).

Gold medals: Grinning Gecko Brie (Grinning Gecko Cheese Co, Whangarei); Just Ewe Winsam Farmhouse (Winsam Farm, Kerikeri).

Silver medal: Cumin Gouda (Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Oromahoe).

Bronze medals: Natural Yoghurt, Greek Yoghurt, Very Old Gouda, Edam, Gouda (all Mahoe Farmhouse Cheese, Oromahoe); Just Ewe Winsam Cheddar (Winsam Farm, Kerikeri); Just Ewe Halloumi (George’s Cheeses. Kerikeri).

You can read more about these successes in this post.

Northland’s cheesemakers

If you know of other Northland cheesemakers, please leave a comment.

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