Cheese company “over the moon” with medal haul

Over the Moon Deli offers cheese tastings from its Victoria St store counter, and has been named as a finalist for the country’s “Best Retail Cheese Shopping Experience”.

Over the Moon Dairy, proprietors of Over the Moon Deli on Victoria St has good reason to celebrate after winning 11 medals, including six gold, at the 2019 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards.

The Cambridge store was listed as a national finalist for “Best Retail Cheese Shopping Experience” and the company, based in Putaruru, also won “Champion Washed Rind” for their stinky Galactic Gold.

“It’s our most awarded cheese, very French in nature,” said Over the Moon Dairy founder and owner Sue Arthur, “slightly orangey on the rind, soft like a Camembert in the middle, and quite strong and marmitey. Not for the faint hearted!”

The local store offers daily tastings of different cheeses, “So that customers can sample some of the innovative and unusual products we like to invent,” said Sue, who often finds cheesey-inspiration from trips to France and Europe. “There are just so many varieties over there and I always come back with some ideas of new things to trial – not necessarily replicas, but rather a twist on what I’ve seen,” she said.

“We have had wonderful support from Cambridge cheese buffs and love to educate customers in the different styles and how to use them.”

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