It might seem odd that I’m writing about cheese on a tennis blog, but hey, I love cheese and plan to be eating it in all the Grand Slam cities that we visit!
For the other cheese lovers out there, here is some info on my favourite cheese tasting place.
Yarra Valley Dairy
If you’re visiting Melbourne for the Australian Open, and you have the time, add in a visit to the Yarra Dairy which is located in the Yarra Valley, about an hours drive from Melbourne.
As well as the cheese tasting at the Yarra Dairy, while you’re in the area there are fabulous, well known Yarra Valley wineries to be enjoyed.
The Yarra Valley Dairy cheeses are made from both cows and goats milk and are so cheese-a-licious that I can’t say one particular cheese is the winner of the final.
Instead, all cheeses from Yarra Dairy made the Top 10, so taste them for yourself if you can.
Runner Up… The South Melbourne market
If you’re staying in the Melbourne CBD for the Australian Open, and you crave a little cheese snack to eat in your hotel, or while on sitting by the Yarra River, head to the South Melbourne market.
It’s open on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and it’s easy to get to from the Melbourne CBD.
There are stalls that sell two high quality cheeses for $5, or 3 for $10. This is way less expensive than buying similar quality cheese in the local supermarket.
So you get more cheese for your buck. Cheese that’s so good you can’t stop eating it.
While you’re at the South Melbourne Market, try a Dim Sim; they’re famous too. They don’t suit everyone’s taste but I think they are kind of like Vegemite; a good thing to try when you have the opportunity.
Stay tuned for more adventures in cheese tasting as we visit France, the UK and the USA. If you have tips for great cheeses to tastes in the other Grand Slam cities, please leave a comment and let us know.
Until next time
Grand Slam Gal