Maleny cheese 2Ten years ago, Markus and Sara Bucher chose to build their boutique dairy business in Maleny because of the plateau’s long and successful dairying history.

Sara Bucher is passionate about the region’s dairying  heritage, “As far back as 1899, cheese was being made from locally sourced milk in the area that is now known as Witta. Then for nearly eighty years, Maleny Dairy Co-Operative made high quality butter from the local milk that was exported to England.”

Today, the district still supports four diverse businesses, with milk sourced predominantly from the Maleny plateau or the immediate surroundings.

Maleny Dairies offer on-farm fresh milk and yoghurt as well as farm tours. At Colin James Fine Foods you can taste over 80 flavours of ice-cream, gelati and sorbet manufactured from Maleny Dairies’ own Guernsey milk. Whilst Cedar Street Cheeserie uses market stalls to sell artisanal cheese maker, Trevor Hart’s  fresh buffalo milk cheese products.

“All four dairy related businesses are located within  five kilometres of us.”

Many of the products are available in Maleny Cheese deli-shop and cafe, complementing Maleny Cheese speciality of cheese and yoghurt range. Maleny Cheese’s products are made from two milk-types; bovine cow milk and water buffalo milk. You can see how it all come together in their product tasting tours (only by appointment).

After 10 years in the business, Markus and Sara are inviting you and your family to a free, family day out. Keep your diary free for the Maleny Cheese Fun Day, Saturday,  April 12th . The Cheesery is open from 9am to 5pm, and is promising lots of fun activities.

Families and foodies can relax and enjoy Maleny Cheese products , with free cheese and yoghurt tasting – be sure to try their ‘Best in Australia 2014’ award winning apple and cinnamon yoghurt. You can even see the cheese makers in action.

“In the courtyard, we are launching our special event stall “Delicious Bratwurst Bar”. This special menu will offer families a dine-in experience or take away offer for visitors seeking a picnic off-site.”

Kids will love the face painting, the roving ‘mouse’ mascot and being up close to the farm critters at the small farm animal petting exhibit.

There will also be a photo booth, recipe demonstrations , music and fun photo opportunities abound with our ‘Giant Milk Can’, ‘Caramello Koala’ and our giant ‘Wedge of Cheese’ sign.

“Our licensed cafe will offer a special menu for the day that will include our signature Cheese Platter dishes, espresso bar and tea, milkshakes and smoothies.”

So join in the merriment and be a part of Maleny Cheese’s ‘Fun Day’ and tenth anniversary celebrations. Make sure you bring your esky, so you take some Maleny Cheese goodness home with you!