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Say Cheese 2018 is back on Sunday 28 October!

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Get your stretchy pants ready food lovers because Melbourne’s original and favourite Say Cheese Festival is back at Prahran Market on Sunday 28 October (10am – 4pm).

The Prahran Market Say Cheese Festival is a celebration of everything that is GRATE about cheese. From savoury to sweet, room temperature 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.

Meet the artisans and the cheesemakers, graze across Victoria’s cheese producing regions or sample some new international tastes.  There will be cooking demonstrations, including Australia’s cheese royalty: Will Studd with family Ellie and Sam, as well as Melbourne’s king of the Toastie Maker & Monger’s Anthony Femia and Chef Tobie Puttock. We’ll have some sessions for grownups, live demos in the Omega and Neil Perry Kitchen, music to chill to, and fun for the kids as well. And there will be oh-so-much cheesy deliciousness to taste, we CAMEMBERT it!!

Lots of exciting new additions this year, so drop a big Prahran Market circle into that diary friends and keep an eye on our website for updates.

UPDATE: Details of Say Cheese Festival Flights of Fancy Tasting Sessions released!

We’re teaming up with some of our Market Traders and Festival friends to bring you short guided cheese tastings with tea, beer, sake and prosecco. Best of all – they’re FREE!

Tea with cheese: Did you know that tea is considered an ideal partner to cheese? Find out why at this short guided tasting by tea guru Libertea of tea tipples paired with beautiful cheese from The Cheese Shop Deli.

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Prosecco with cheese: Pairing cheese with bubbles is one of life’s great pleasures. Join the Prosecco Queen as she shares tastes of her favourite fizz and fromagerie.

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Beer with cheese: If a refreshing brew is your thing you’re going to love this guided tasting by Anthony Gardik, Mixologist from Wilson & Market. He will take you through some of his favourites from the Yarra Valley, with beer provided by Hawkers and cheese by Yarra Valley Cheese.

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Sake with cheese: While cheese isn’t a typical Japanese food, sake pairs most excellently with cheese. Join Sam Studd, certified Cheese professional as he talks you through cheese pairings from Will Studd Selected. Learn about beautiful Junmai Daiginjo Sake from the Nagano Prefecture from Sake Sommelier Masa, supported by Wasshoi Bar & Grill.

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Please note:

Sessions involving sake, prosecco and beer are restricted to 18 years and over. Please bring a valid form of identification with you to the event.

These are limited-ticket events. Purchases are limited to 2 tickets per guest across the four sessions.  Interest in these sessions is expected to be high and we want to allow as many visitors to participate as possible. We will contact you if ticket purchases exceed this amount so that we can reserve your preferred seats.  If you are unable to attend after reserving your place, please notify us as soon as possible so that your ticket/s can be released to another festival attendee, with thanks.


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Say Cheese Cooking Demonstration Schedule

MC: Tobie Puttock Chef, Author, Presenter, Brand Ambassador Prahran Market, Creative Director Jamies Ministry of Food Australia

10.00am: Bearded Bakers (Knafeh)
10.30am: Ryan Spurrell, Head Chef Wilson & Market
11.30am: Anthony Femia, Cheesemonger Maker & Monger
12.30pm: Karen Martini, Chef, restaurateur, author, presenter (Better Homes & Gardens), with Anthony Femia, Maker & Monger
1.30pm: Will Studd (Master of Cheese, Cheese Slices, SBS) Ellie and Sam Studd, International cheese specialists (Will Studd Selected brand) with Bob Hart, BBQ extraordinaire, author of Melt.
2.30pm: Prahran Market Grilled Cheese Invitational with:

MC: Tobie Puttock

Judges: Adam D’Sylva, Dan Stock (Herald Sun), Karen Martini, Anthony Femia

Competitors: Christy Tania (Glace), David Moyle (Longsong), Michael Greenlaw (Westin), Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook), Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka) + Jonathan Boadle (Wildcard entry)!!



Flights of Fancy Schedule


10.00 – 11.00am: Tea with Cheese: Libertea & The Cheese Shop Deli sharing tea tipples paired with beautiful cheese

Location: Mezzanine

11.00am – 12pm: Prosecco with Cheese: The Prosecco Queen will share her favourite fizz and fromage

Location: Mezzanine

12.00 – 1.00pm: Beer with Cheese: Anthony Gardik of Wilson & Market sharing his Yarra Valley faves, Hawkers Beer and Yarra Valley Cheese

Location: Wilson & Market

12.00 – 1.00pm: Sake with Cheese: Sam Studd (Certified Cheese Professional) and Sake Sommelier Masa with Sake from Azumino, Nagano Prefecture (supported by Wasshoi) sharing Brillat Savarin and other most excellent cheese matches for Sake

Location: Mezzanine


Say Cheese Exhibitors

There is a tonne of tasty cheese treats from our traders;

Naheda’s Choice: 3 cheeses for $10, 3 large cheeses for $15 + free crackers and cheese with truffle.

Cleo’s Deli: Manchego Croquettes and cheese – $2 each or 3 for $5.

Mama Marija’s: Assorted cheesecakes.

Pete N Rosie’s Deli: Milawa King River Gold, Milawa Goats Camembert, Bay of Fire Cheddar and accoutrements.

Q Le Baker: Cheese bread and cheese danishes.

Fritz Gelato: Cheese based gelati.

Ripe the Organic Grocer: Vegan cheese tastings, organic cheese, brie, mozzarella, pepperjack, and fetta.

Anatolia Gozleme Kitchen: Cheese and Spinach Gozleme, Cheese and Spinach Borek and Ricotta and Dill Pogaca.

The Cheese Shop Deli: Lots of instore cheese specials and different type of cheese tastings.

The Mussel Pot: 1/2 shell tomato chili cheese grilled.

Wilson & Market: Special dishes: Fromage frais, honey, crystallized rose petals, rye crumb, olive oil, olive herb and Tea cured Blue-Eye, fetta in brine, puree, finger lime, fermented cucumber juice, nasturtium, oil/leaf/buds.

Chaso’s Deli: Cheeseboards and tastings.

The Fresh Pasta Shop: Ravioli with ricotta and goats cheese, arancini with parmesan, gnocchi with parmesan and ricotta, and risotto with cheese.

Prahran Seafoods: 1/2 shell scallop and Moreton Bay Bug meat in mornay cheese sauce.

Gary’s Meats/Ash McBean: Samples (take home items, not ready to eat) – 1. Cheese Kransky with free-range pork and cheese. 2. Black and blue burger with black Angus beef and blue cheese. 3. Vintage burger with vintage beef and vintage cheese, mature stock from Cape Grim.

Whisked: Heathers preserves (Yarra Valley) paired with a selection of cheeses on tasting. Jars and preserves available to buy for $8.

Hagen’s Organics: House made Cheese Kranskys made from McIvor farm pork – Delicious. Produce Awards 2018 Gold Medallists.

Neil’s Meats: Fresh Cheese Kranskys smoked and cooked on the premises.

Maker and Monger: Usual toastie menu + one special toastie.

Sweet Greek: Ricotta cheesecakes with blueberries and raspberry, Baklava cheesecake as seen on “Everyday Gourmet” with Justine Schofield, cheese pastries and spanakopita.

Barossa Fine Foods: Barossa Valley cheese charcuterie, Edwards crossing hard cheese charcuterie, chicken and cheese kransky roll.

John Cesters Poultry: Parmesan Garlic Chicken Schnitzel $4.50 each or 4 for $15.

El Alamo: Cheese, onion and spinach empanadas, mushroom and cheese empanadas, chorizo and cheese empanadas, ham and cheese empanadas. $4.50 each.

Libertea: Bring in a cheese and Libertea will pair it with the perfect tea-tipple for you.

Mr Bratwurst

Essential Ingredient: In-store tastings of a selection of cheeses paired with accompaniments chosen to enhance each cheese.

Wasshoi: Supporters of Sake cheese pairing; you can enjoy sake with meals purchased from Wasshoi


Not to mention some of your favourite Say Cheese Festival friends, including:

The Bearded Bakers

Glacé Frozen

That Arancini Guy

Tiramisu’ Lift Me Up

Naughty Frenchy

Cypriot St Grill


48H Pizza and Gnocchi Bar

Milk the Cow


Van di Vino / The Prosecco Queen

Tolpuddle Goat Cheese

Filous Artisan Patisserie

Bloody Good Drop Wines

Moondarra Cheese


This list is updated daily so make sure you pop back to see what new and exciting things we have on offer.


Live Tunes 

In Market Square and up on the Mezzanine, enjoy the sounds of Tanya George (located on the Mezzanine). In Harvest Hall, we have DJ Nina Sinclair (opposite Van di Vino).  Out on Elizabeth Street don’t miss the Bearded Bakers.

Free Face Painting

Bring the kids down for some free face painting in Market Square.

Roving Entertainment

Be delighted by our roving entertainers – can you spot them amongst the crowds?

Drink Prosecco!

Take a seat and enjoy a drink at our cute prosecco bar, Van di Vino, which is located at Stall 22 in Harvest Hall.

Chill Out

Chill out at one of our tables in Harvest Hall, in Market Square or up on the Mezzanine and just soak up the festival vibes: maybe with a cold beer from Wilson & Market, with a glass of wine from Egnaro, or choose from the Wine Larder bar selection.