October 6 marked a milestone worth cheesing over for Barrys Bay Cheese – 125 years in business as award winning cheesemakers! And the loved locals are not waning with old ages, that awards tally includes a record 19 medals at this year’s New Zealand Cheese Awards.
No birthday is complete without a party, so Barrys Bay Cheese celebrated in style over Labour weekend, attracting past employees, local community and alumni.
“We think it’s pretty special that we’re the oldest artisan cheese company in New Zealand, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate our 125th anniversary,” says sales and marketing coordinator Kate Crawford.
And celebrate they did, with the sweet sounds of The Eastern Band and stunning weather bringing in the crowd. Foodies were treated to Empire Chicken, Giulio Sturla’s Cheesebreads, local sausages and of course cheese platters by Barrys Bay.
The cheese is rich in taste and rich in heritage. “We have such a meaningful history, both on Banks Peninsula and in the NZ Dairy Industry. It has been invaluable collecting stories to share from the last 125 years,” says Kate.
Curious to see what a multi award-winning cheese tastes like? Stop in at the Barrys Bay Cheese Factory and Shop on Banks Peninsula, order online, or visit the list of stockists at the website below.
It’s a summer of celebration, concert and community in Kaiapoi this year. Make the most of this little town in the Waimakariri District.
KAIAPOI COMMUNITY GARDEN 10TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Date: 8 March
Location: Kaiapoi Community Garden
Ten years of anything is definitely worth celebrating and Kaiapoi knows how to do so in style. Birthday cake, live music, activities for the kids and more; who doesn’t love a happy and wholesome day in the beautiful setting of the community garden.
It’s a day for all ages and won’t break the bank because admission is free.
JUDAH KELLY – FEELS LIKE HOME NZ TOUR
Date: 4 April
Location: Kaiapoi High School
He was the winner of The Voice Australia 2017 and has been making leaps and bounds in the music world ever since. Now he’s bringing his tour across the ditch for an all-ages event.
Just for $33.75 (incl. booking fee) for adult general admission and $23 (incl. booking fee) for students, this is an unmissable event.
KAIAPOI FARMERS MARKET
Date: Every Saturday 9am to 12pm
Location: Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles Street, Kaiapoi
Taking place every Saturday throughout the year, in rain or shine, this is an event that you’ll want to get to at least once this summer. With fresh, locally grown produce accompanied with a welcoming atmosphere makes for a perfect combination.
At this time of year, we are turning our heads to celebrations; Christmas parties and family get-togethers. Regardless of the event, nothing says celebration like the most prestigious of wines: champagne.
A severe set of winters in the 49th parallel north in the 1600s saw the French offloading late-fermenting, sweet – about 30 grams of sugar per bottle – slushy pink bubbly stuff to the English. Surprisingly, they started to really love it.
It wasn’t until Dom Pérignon refined the process in 1662 and the invention by the English of a bottle that could take the pressure of the bubbles that the beverage began to take its modern form.
Today there are 260-odd champagne houses in France and each has a rich history; from the story of Clicquot, a woman widowed at 30 with a young baby who invented the riddling process and built a fierce empire, to the tale of Jean-Rémy Moët who became famous as a supplier to Napoleon and his armies.
Most champagne is comprised of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier, but what champagne is best, and why? What do you choose for that special moment when you celebrate?
I’ve been fortunate enough to taste some of the best that the world of champagne has to offer and it all comes down to personal taste and style. At a recent Laurent Perrier masterclass, I sampled the Cuvée Rosé, Grand Siècle, the Ultra and La Cuvée; all stunning champagnes but I found base champagne the Ultra was my favourite. My go-to is Veuve Clicquot but many of my friends prefer Moët or Dom Pérignon. The choices per brand are also wide. Do you go for a vintage? A rosé? A Brut? Here are some highlights that stand out for me this Christmas.
Moët & Chandon is set to unveil its holiday-season collection to mark the 150th anniversary of its flagship expression, Moët Impérial. This limited-edition bottle is dressed for the holidays in a shimmering gold leaf sleeve. Veuve Clicquot Pencil and Clicquot Pencil Rosé also have special cases, one that keeps your bottle chilled for up to two hours! Then there’s the biggie, the new limited-edition collaboration between Dom Pérignon and Lenny Kravitz. Dom Pérignon is 2008 vintage only – it’s hard to get hold of and retails for $300.
Napoleon Bonaparte would take Moët to each battle. After all, he was said to say, ‘In victory you deserve it; in defeat you need it’. Salut!