Hard or soft, smelly or bitey, rich or mild—nothing brings out Christmas cheer like a chockfull of cheese.
Turkey and roasties are obviously staples at this time of year, but they only really relate to one day within six weeks of festive celebrations.
You’ve probably learned the hard way that it’s essential to keep your fridge and pantry stocked at this time of year with ready-to-entertain products like crackers, nuts, and of course cheese. With that in mind, we thought we’d kindly provide you with a list of the best cheese shops in Brisbane to ensure you are ready to put together a stonking cheese platter at a moment’s notice.
And leftovers are perfect for the ubiquitous ‘deli dinner’ that has long become a favourite in our household.
Milton & Spring Hill
The team at Tognini’s take their cheese very seriously, and owner Mark has the enviable job of sourcing unique regional cheeses from Northern Italy, France and Australia. Check out the walk-in cheese room in the Spring Hill store or sign up to their cheese club and receive specials and updates on limited release cheese boxes.
Standard Market Company
Oh, the joys you'll behold within the walls of Standard Market Co. Providores of all things tasty—think pastries, fruits and veg', deli goods, condiments for miles, and an epic cheese selection—Standard Market is one of the best cheese shops in Brisbane.
Black Pearl Epicure
Stocking more than 300 local and imported cheeses, including manchego, stilton, tallegio and gruyere, you’ll find it easy to get lost in Black Pearl’s retail store. If you’re not a fan of the traditional Christmas pud, consider a tiered, personalised cheese cake that is sure to suit everyone’s taste.
Based in Coorparoo, Olympus has been hand-making haloumi, ricotta and fetta cheese using time-honoured Cypriot methods since the 70s. Check out their range including baked ricotta, lemon-pepper baked ricotta and fetta with cracked black pepper available at the factory door or from delis and IGAs across the state.
Kingaroy Cheese and Kenilworth Cheese Factory
If you’re willing to take a road trip, or have plans to spend the silly season north of the city then it’s worth taking a detour past these local cheese manufacturers. Check out Kingaroy Cheese’s award-winning white moulded cheeses such as their Stuart River Triple Cream Brie or Kenilworth’s red mailing vintage.
Online Cheese Clubs
If you prefer to do your purchasing from the comfort of your home, check out these online shops that deliver some of Australia’s finest cheese straight to your door:
For some festive fun, here are our favourite cheese jokes:
Q: What do you call cheese that isn't yours? A: Nacho Cheese!
Q: What cheese should you use to hide a horse? A: Mascarpone
Q: What did the cheese say when it looked in the mirror? A: Halloumi (Hello me)
Image credits: Ariana Gillrie