Valley Cheesemakers was established by Kathy, Jan, and Rosie. Three city gals who found themselves living in a rural setting after lifetimes residing in faraway places. Independently, we all chose the Kangaroo Valley area as the ideal place to explore a tree change, away from the bustle of city living.
In the past, we had each pursued the idea of creating our own cheese. We love tasting cheese, cooking with cheese, and learning new skills. We appreciate the peace of cows grazing in the paddocks and the marvel of being able to make something unique for our friends and family from natural local resources. Kangaroo Valley and Berry have been famous for milk production for over 100 years, so before we even realised it, the stage for the Valley Cheesemakers to come together was set.
These days our dreams are a reality. We spend many happy hours each week making cheese, tasting cheese, teaching others about cheese, researching cheese, experimenting with cheese, and planning workshops.
We have been successfully running Cheesemaking Workshops since 2017, however, all good things must change, and Jan has decided to move on to pursue other cheesemaking pursuits. Our Workshops will continue now with Kathy and Rosie at the helm.
In sharing our love of cheese making with others who want to learn this ancient craft, we continue to run regular workshops in Kangaroo Valley, give talks to community groups, provide demonstrations at food fairs, been awarded the Slow Food Snail of Approval, and even been involved in making a TV show.
We’ve also successfully introduced a Cheese and Dairy Section at the annual Kangaroo Valley Show, after over 100 years of no dairy representation. We are determined to honour our local dairies by representing cheese and dairy products at the Show. We encourage everyone who attends our workshops to enter their cheeses in the Show. Not only are your hand-made cheeses going to be delicious, but they could also be prize-winning!
The Valley Cheesemakers
“Life is too short for fake cheese, butter or people” – Bill Murray
For more information about entering the Kangaroo Valley Show or to register interest in attending one of our workshops, please click the ‘contact us’ button on the right-hand side of this page.