Festival Competitions

‘Fancy’ Cheesecake Competition (Amateurs Only)

Saturday 17 June 2017
Details TBA

Fancy a cheesecake? Join us at this year’s ‘Fancy’ Cheesecake Competition at the Cheese Lovers Festival where amateur entrants will be competing.

Entrants will have a chance to win $1000 in cash and prizes and 5 lucky attendees will get a chance to taste the top 3 cheesecakes, judged by Celebrity Chef and Cheesemaker Nick Haddow and guests.

For insurance purposes, a Food Handling Certificate is required to participate in the competition.

For more information and registration, please contact Vivian at admin@cheeseloversfestival.com.au

Judging Criteria

Appearance (20 points) We eat with our eyes first, so does the cheesecake look appetising and entice you to taste it?

Flavour (30 points) This always has to be the most important attribute – food should be delicious!

Authenticity/Innovation (10 points) Is the cheesecake innovative but does that also work in terms of flavour and appearance? Are the ingredients or cooking style innovative? Alternatively, if it is a traditional style, is it authentic to that tradition?

Consistency (20 points) Is one part of the cheesecake as good as the next? Is the texture consistent throughout? Or, there may be different textures but is each consistent?

Quality of finish (10 points) Is it beautifully finished all round? Has it been presented well?

Likeability (10 points) Is there something which has the judge wanting to come back for more. Has it got the amazing cheesecake factor?


The Cheese Plate

Composed Cheese Course Competition for Chefs

Sunday 18 June 2017, 2pm – 4pm
Hunter Rotherbury Room

A composed cheese course is a course where cheese is the star ingredient. It can be served at just about any point in a meal – as an amuse bouche, entrée or pre-dessert, or simply as a stand-alone course on an a la carte menu. Anything goes on the plate, as long as cheese is the focus. The point is to show diners the breadth of cheese as an ingredient beyond its virtues as a standalone product.

Composed cheese courses allow chefs to showcase not only their skill but the quality of the produce. Cheese educator, activist and judge Sonia Cousins says, “An innovative, creative cheese course can change a person’s view on what cheese is.”

The Cheese Plate – presented by Hunter Belle Cheese – is open to professional chefs and will be judged by food professionals in front of a live audience at the Cheese Lovers Festival. This is an opportunity to unleash your creative and culinary flair, in a friendly competition with other like-minded chefs.