Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Goat cheeses from the Bellarine

Whilst in Melbourne for a four-day-weekend, my host and I packed a lot in. One of which was a visit to Drysdale Cheeses on the Bellarine Peninsula of Port Phillip Bay, between Geelong and Portarlington. My friend went into the tasting rooms, but being a country girl at heart, I headed straight for the goats.

There were about 30 of them in this close enclosure, the vast majority of which were in calf ready for a spring drop. The milk production at the moment is miniscule, for obvious reasons. The cheesery sells primarily to restaurants, and from the cellar-door. Is that a term that can be used for a cheesery? I love goat cheese, especially embedded within a beetroot and rocket salad, sprinkled with walnuts, and sweet corn niblets sliced from the cob.

A good day's drive from Melbourne is to do the bay anti-clockwise. Go down to Drysdale and chat with the goats, take the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry across the heads of Port Phillip Bay, and visit the Redhill Goat Cheesery on t'other side as you make your return to the big smoke.


Oakland Daily Photo said...

Goat cheese: Yum.

William Kendall said...

Great detail shots- particularly the eyes.

Joe said...

Goodness Julie you sure got around the bay. Hope you had a wonderful time and épée see some more photographs of your adventure.

Joan Elizabeth said...

We have goats for neighbours out at Clandulla. I think they have lovely eyes.