It’s probably faster these days to find a niche food that doesn’t have its own Melbourne festival. Take the last few months at random: we’ve had Pinotpalooza (pinot), Salami Festa (salami) and Say Cheese (cheese, duh).
Well, now you can add halloumi to the list. Because in a couple of weeks, Melbourne’s Cypriot community is getting together to celebrate all things squeaky, cheesy and fried with lemon.
This is the city’s first ever Halloumi Festival, and it’s running from 17 to 18 November at the Cyprus Community building in Brunswick East. That’s two straight days of halloumi, people.
Here’s a little cheesy window into what to expect. There’s going to be ten traditional halloumi dishes for tasting, including ravioli with halloumi, Cypriot 'flaounes' and 'koupes', plus halloumi pies, whatever they are.
There’s also going to be live halloumi making demos. Some of Cyprus’ best halloumi artisans will even be travelling to Melbourne to show off their stuff. You can grab tickets here.
Some quick facts on halloumi. It’s a semi-hard, unripened, brined cheese (yum), traditionally made from a mix of sheep and goat’s milk. Cyprus is the official birthplace of the stuff, and the global demand for halloumi is now so high that the little island is struggling to cope. Just think of that poor little Cypriot shepherd the next time you tuck into a halloumi salad, yeah?
What: Melbourne Halloumi Festival
Where: Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 495-497 Lygon St, Brunswick East
When: 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November
For more info, click here.
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