Cheese dreams are made of this: Australia’s massive mold dairy festival returns in 2023

For cheese lovers, there is only one proper way to eat the beloved dairy product: all the time, or at least as much as possible. That’s an idea Australian cheese festival Mold not only understands but encourages, and has done since 2017. In 2023, from May to August, those cheese dreams will continue too.

Because you can never have too many occasions to munch on cheddar, brie, camembert, raclette, or whatever cheese strikes your fancy, Mold is back for another year, letting dairy lovers explore and gobble up soft, hard, and softer than the best cheese in Australia. wizards have to offer. The event comes from Bruny Island Cheese Co cheesemaker Nick Haddow and the organizers of Pinot Palooza, and is coming not only to Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, but also to Perth for its latest edition.


Running for three days in each city, Mold will kick off in Brisbane in May, then head to Melbourne in early June, plus Sydney in late June and early July. As for Perth, you’re getting a Mold x Pinot Palooza combo, because cheese and wine make a great pairing.

There won’t just be a few cheeses on the menu at each stop. Typically, more than 75 artisan cheeses from around the country are ready and waiting for you to gobble up, spanning dairy from around 30 producers. In recent years, that lineup has included Bruny Island Cheese Co, naturally, plus Grandvewe, Milawa Cheese, Yarra Valley Dairy, and Stone & Crow, as well as Section 28, Red Cow Organics, Nimbin Valley Cheese, Dreaming Goat, Long Paddock Cheese and Second Mouse Cheese.

As well as unlimited tastings of Australia’s best cheeses (snack down and buy slices and slabs to take home), the festival includes cooking demos, master classes and talks. And it wouldn’t be a cheese fest without drinks to go with it, so expect a bar serving Australian wines, whiskey, vodka, gin, beer, cider, cocktails and sake, all of which go great with a little cheese. .

Unsurprisingly, Mold is very popular. In 2021, attendees enjoyed one million samples across the three festival cities and also took home over 3.5 tonnes of Australian dairy. So if this is the kind of event you dream of cheese on, you’ll want to get an early bird ticket ASAP for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as the Perth event isn’t on sale yet.


Friday May 12 to Sunday May 14: John Reed Pavilion, Brisbane Showgrounds, 600 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills
Friday June 2 to Sunday June 4: The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne
Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, Sydney
Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27: Centenary Pavilion, Claremont Showgrounds, Perth

Moho: A cheese festival tours Australia starting in May. For more information or to purchase tickets, head over to the event website.