Prahran Market’s Say Cheese Festival is back – 15–17 October

The eighth annual celebration has four online events for 2021

Get ready to get cheesy! Prahran Market is bringing back its annual Say Cheese Festival for the eighth year between 15–17 October. And, as in 2020, you can participate from the comfort of your own home.

Cheese lovers will rejoice with the program of deliciously cheesy events including a cheese tasting, two cookalongs – both milk and vegan cheeses are covered – and the renowned Grilled Cheese Invitational. Some of Melbourne’s favourite foodies are getting involved, so these are not to be missed!

You can register to join each event for free or purchase packs for the full experience and to taste along.

Friday, 15th October, 7pm: Tasting Victoria with Anthony Femia of Maker & Monger
Embark on a taste of Victorian cheese as Anthony Femia of Maker & Monger takes you on a tour of local cheeses from Prahran Market Traders. Ticketholders can register for free to learn about the different varieties of cheese, their producers, tastes, textures and uses. A tasting box will be available for purchase by those who want to try each cheese.

Saturday, 16th October, 6pm: Cookalong with Karen Martini
Get involved and create a delicious baked cheese tart at home with Karen Martini. One of Melbourne’s favourite chefs, Karen will guide you through the dish to enjoy during lockdown. A cookalong pack is available to order so you can make it at the same time, or you can register free just to watch!

Saturday, 16th October, 7pm: Vegan Cookalong with Simon Toohey
Vegans are not forgotten this year with a cheesy cookalong of their very own. Simon Toohey will take you on a tasty journey on how to make the most amazing vegan mac’n’cheese. It’s free to watch or, better still, buy the produce pack to make it at home.

Sunday, 17th October, 3pm: Grilled Cheese Invitational
In its fourth year, the Grilled Cheese Invitational will once again pit some of Melbourne’s best chef talent against each other to create the event’s best cheese toastie! The Invitational will see participants including Jessie Singh (Daughter in Law, Mrs Singh, Mr Brownie, Horn Please) and vegan chef Zacchary Bird, preparing their toastie before the judges score on name, appearance and taste. Past winners have been Jerry Mai from Phở Nom and Bia Hơi, Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese and Kay-Lene Tan from Tonka.

As last year’s winner, Jerry Mai will return as a judge, joining Herald Sun food writer Kara Monssen and Anthony Femia of Maker & Monger to decide the winning toastie. The event will be MC’d by Darren Purchese.

For the first time, Melburnians can buy the toasties to judge for themselves. The chef creation toasties will be made up by Maker & Monger and delivered to grill at home. Only 50 packs are available!

Prahran Market – Say Cheese Festival 2021
What: Prahran Market’s Say Cheese Festival – four virtual events to entertain and inform with cheesy goodness
When: Friday, 15th October to Sunday, 17th October 2021
Why: Because we love cheese and lockdowns are not going to stop the eighth Say Cheese Festival!
Where/How: Events will be held on Zoom via free registration
Registration and orders for the packs via the Prahran Market website

In addition to the official program events, a number of Prahran Market Traders will be selling special cheese dishes over the weekend.

Registration and pack orders are open now via
Orders for the packs close at 5pm on Monday, 11th October (unless sold out prior).

Everything is better with cheese, so let’s finish this lockdown with plenty of it!

Prahran Market
163 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC 3141

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