Award-winning goat’s cheese from Baris

Award-winning goat’s cheese from Baris

Award-winning goat’s cheese from Baris

After teaching herself cheesemaking, Estee van Aswegen entered her Baris cheeses at the South African Dairy Championships and won top of class.

The artisanal Baris cheeses are sold at the farm’s deli and restaurant, Baris Monger. She also supplies the Cheese Gourmet in Linden, Johannesburg. The Baris range consists of eight cheeses, including Camembert, Brie, feta, halloumi and the award-winning Vliedermaus, judged top of its class in 2018 and 2019 at the South African Dairy Championships.Van Aswegen describes it as a rich, soft, creamy, ashed, bloomy rind cheese that is bold in flavour.

The Baris Camembert was awarded second place in 2019 and third place in 2018 in the category for goat’s milk bloomy rind cheese, with or without condiments. It has a buttery yet milky taste, and she says it makes a superb baked Camembert.

The halloumi, which gained third place in 2019, is made using the traditional style of folding, and contains mint from the Baris garden.

“Developing our range of cheeses has been a mind-blowing journey. Since we developed our own recipes, it took a lot of experimenting. It was important not to replicate other cheeses on the market, but to develop a range with its own identity and flavour.”

Courant Best of Bloem

Clarens was awarded the Best Weekend Getaway in a 500-km radius by the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards and last week it was time to pick up the award.

The Atrium of the Hotel School at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) was the backdrop of the glitz and glam that could only be associated with the Best of Bloemfontein gala evening. The theme of the awards, “Bring the Bling”, brought a touch of elegance and class to the ceremony. The evening’s proceedings were further complimented by the fine dining cuisine of the Hotel School and the smooth jazzy sounds of local band Pure Delicate Artistry (PDA).

The big winners of the evening was the LEjit Lekker Restaurant in Preller Walk, who scooped up an amazing six awards, as well as Campus Key Student Living, who became only the second Bloemfontein business to win the Most Innovative Business Award.  Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head, said the idea behind the Innovation Award is to recognise and celebrate those local businesses that really embrace innovation in their business. FNB is the main sponsor of the event. – Pieter Delport

Di Jones, Karen vd Merwe and Bridget Bach represented the Clarens Tourism Forum, picking up the award

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