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Say Cheese 2019

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Say Cheese 2019


10am - 4pm


Prahran Market



Get ready to get cheesy food lovers…

Posted by Prahran Market on Sunday, 8 September 2019

Melbourne’s favourite cheesy takeover – the Prahran Market Say Cheese Festival – is BACK on Sunday 20 October – and we CANNOT wait!

The Prahran Market Say Cheese Festival is a celebration of everything that is GRATE about cheese. From savoury to sweet, temperate to warm and oh so oozy, our resident and special-guest traders will be serving up so much cheesy GOUDA-ness you’ll BRIE in heaven.  There will be cooking demonstrations, sessions for grownups, live demos in the Neil Perry by Omega Demonstration Kitchen, bars to lounge in, music to chill to, and fun for the kids as well. And there will be more cheesy deliciousness than you can poke a fondue stick at.



We’ve got lots of new Festival partners this year and activating new parts of the Market!  Full Exhibitor Details below. View the official Festival Map here and see who’s where at Say Cheese 2019!

We’ve expanded the Chef demo lineup for lots of free home kitchen inspo, including one for the kiddies!  Kitchen Demonstration Schedule released! (Details below)

We’ve expanded the ticketed tasting workshops with our partners Milk the Cow and Champagne Dame. Tasting Tickets Released! (Link below)

Remember that warm-hug feeling of choosing the very best showbag to take home? Order your “Best of” Hamper for Say Cheese before cut-off! ** READ MORE & ORDER HERE **

Don’t miss Round 2 of the Grilled Cheese Invitational who will be Melbourne’s Grilled Cheese Champion for 2019?? (Lineup below)

Enter the Grilled Cheese Invitational Wildcard Comp and you could win a place at the benches!  ** ENTER HERE **

Say Cheese Cooking Demonstration Schedule

MC: Tobie Puttock Chef Ambassador Prahran Market

10.00 am: Tobie Puttock Ambassador Chef, Prahran Market opens the Festival with a fun & cheesy session for kids!  Join Tobie with friends from Eat For Life for this hands-on session. And it’s FREE!*

*Limited numbers (20) first-in basis*

10.50 am: Eileen Horsnell, Head Chef, Napier Quarter
11.20 am: Joseph Vargetto, Owner & Chef, Mister Bianco & Massi
11:50 am: Karen Martini, Chef & Media Personality


Anthony Femia, Cheesemonger, Maker & Monger

12.20 pm: Matthew Butterworth, Head Chef Leonardos, ex-Ramblr
12:50 pm: Frankie Cox ex-Two Hands (NY)
1:20 pm: Tobie Puttock Ambassador Chef, Prahran Market
1:50 pm: Kay-Lene Tan Head Pastry Chef, Tonka, Coda

Winner Grilled Cheese Invitational 2018

2:30 pm: Prahran Market Grilled Cheese Invitational with:

MC: Tobie Puttock

2019 Competitors:

Silas Orre, Curly Whiskers
Charlie Carrington, Atlas Dining
Coskun Uysal, Tulum
Darren Purchese, Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
Frankie Cox, ex-Two Hands
+ 1 (Wildcard!! Competition winner!)


Alice Zaslavsky, ABC Culinary Correspondent           Anthony Femia, Maker & Monger
Dan Stock, Herald Sun                                                          Karen Martini Chef & Media Personality
Kay-Lene Tan, Coda, Tonka (2018 Winner)

4.00 pm: Festival Close



Sparkling Wines of the World Masterclass with the Champagne Dame at Prahran Market for Say Cheese

Join Kyla Kirkpatrick aka the Champagne Dame in an exquisite champagne experience showcasing the best sparkling wines of the world. You will be taking on a food and bubbly journey, tasting the differences between sparkling wines and champagne, perfectly paired with the most delightful cheeses. Become a champagne expert and impress your friends at future dinners.

First Session – 12:45-1:15pm
Second Session – 1:30-2:00pm

Limited places – these will sell out fast!
Cheese & Wine Tasting Flights with Milk the Cow at Prahran Market for Say Cheese
Join Milk the Cow Brand Ambassador Laura Lown for one of these guided flights over 45 minutes, where she will match four delicious cheeses to four different boutique beverages and talk through the stories, production methods and taste profiles behind each.

10:00am – 10:45am Chocolate, Cheese & Booze Matching

Sounds quirky? That’s because it is. The only thing that could possibly make cheese and booze better is the addition of fine artisan chocolate for a three-way match.

11:30am – 12:25pm French Wine & Cheese Matching

For those that like it classic. All French cheeses matched to all French wines, in a magnifique match featuring some of the most iconic cheeses in the world.

2:30pm – 3:15pm Beer & Cheese Matching

Beer and cheese share earthy, yeasty characteristics and a centuries-long artisan history. We’re displaying some funky, weird beers for this one, matched to bold cheeses.

Tickets $40 per person, includes four cheeses matched to four boutique beverages in a guided cheese flight.

Limited places – these will sell out fast!

Please note:  Sessions are restricted to 18 years and over. Please bring a valid form of identification with you to the event.


We’ve got loads of new Festival friends this year with super tasty (and cheesy) eats and drinks to share!

Don’t miss the Blackhearts & Sparrows Mezzanine Bar in Market Square!  Or all the cheese tastings and other tasty things in Deli Arcade!  Check out the new-look Bracher Arcade, where we’ll have some tall tables set up to enjoy grazing through here – from oyster shucking to charcuterie, hot pies, chicken ribs and sausages!  Harvest Hall is the place to head for all the demo action. And the whole Market is a licensed zone this year, perfect for you to graze and explore!

Emperor Champagne

Milk the Cow


Stix AU

Pierogi Pierogi

Twisted Mac


Melbourne Paella

Caravan of Caviar

Doc Group – Pizza Van

Burn City Smokers

Social Food Project: No Waste Pesto Making (Hands on!)



Prahran Market Traders are getting ready to get cheesy as well with all sorts of tasty offerings, from cheese plates to cheesy dishes, tastings, and accompaniments. Natural Wine Bar? Oozy Raclette? Cocktails? Cacio e Pepe? Cheese Plates? Cheese Tastings? read on!

Mr Hoddle: Cacio e Pepe

Blackhearts & Sparrows: really great wine and Festival drinks

Farini: did someone say fresh artisan Cannoli?

Cleo’s Market Deli: moreish Manchengo Croquettes and cheese tastings

Nahedas Choicecheese tastings and cheese plates to go



The Mussell Pot: Blue Cheese Mussells

Maker & MongerCheese Toasties and a baked camembert special.

The Essential Ingredient: tastings of new and unusual condiment pairings

Pete ‘n Rosie’s Deli: the tasting table of temptation is back!

Anatolia Gozleme Kitchen: Gozleme and borek

Mr Bratwurst: Cheese Kransky

Cheese Shop Delicheese tastings

Shop Neutralcheese dishes with essential oils

Prahran Seafoods: cheesy Scallops Mornay

Mama Marija’s Cafe: Triple cheese omelette, hand made cheese cakes (various flavours)

Sweet GreekSpanakopita, Tiropita, Ricotta Cheesecake, Baklava Cheesecake

Chaso’s DeliCheese Boards & Tastings

Cleo’s Deli: Cheese Tastings

Stir the Pot: Raw Vegan Cheesecake, Fresh Crepes To Order

Hagens Organic Butcher: Hot American Style Hot Dog with Cheese Sauce

Claringbolds Seafood  oysters, sushi

John Cesters Poultry & Game hot chicken, leek and mushroom pies

Arthurs Quality Poultry  Hot prize-winning sausages in bread!

D&J Poultry  Hot Kefthedes with Feta!

Gary’s Meats:  Fresh Artisan Charcuterie

Neils Meats: Wagyu Corned Beef with Cheese Sauce (Tastings)

Fritz Gelato: Cheese Dessert Gelatos

The Fresh Pasta Shop: Cheese-filled Pastas (take-home item)


View the official Festival Map here and see who’s where at Say Cheese 2019!


DJ Nina Sinclair: 12:00 – 4:00 – Blackhearts & Sparrows, Mezzanine Bar

Nicky Kurta (acoustic): TBA

Plus street performers and free face painting for the kids.

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Head here for pics from last year’s Festival.