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Ashgrove Cheese, Tasmania

Ashgrove Cheese, Tasmania


6173 Bass Highway
Elizabeth Town TAS 7304
Phone: 03 6368 1105

Ashgrove Cheese Farm is a dairy farm located in the picturesque Elizabeth Town in central Northern Tasmania.

Ashgrove Cheese is the only cheese producer in Australia specialising in the production of English county styles of cheese such as Lancashire, Cheshire, Double Gloucester, Red Leicester and traditional style Cheddar.

The cheese is all produced by hand using traditional recipes and techniques. These aspects accompanied by the family sourcing milk only from their own dairy herds ensures individual flavours and textures are achieved in every variety of cheese.

Both Jane and Richard Bennett studied Dairy Technology for two years in Victoria and have extensive experience cheese making overseas. In 1993 the Bennett family established the cheese factory to value add to the milk being produced on the farm. Today the farming operation has expanded to milk over 900 Friesian dairy cows.

All Ashgrove Farm milk used in the cheese production is pasteurised to conform with Australian Government regulations. Specific strains of starter cultures are used for each different cheese variety to provide the necessary characteristics in flavour and texture. Non animal rennet is used in all varieties of Ashgrove Cheese.

A large viewing window into the cheese making room allows visitors to watch the cheese being made in season between August and May. The cheese making display beside the window explains each stage of the process. Another set of viewing windows show visitors into the cheese maturing rooms where rows of cheese are displayed. Detailed information on the process of cheese maturation and traditional cloth maturing of cheese complete the information here.

A short 5 minute video showing the cheese making process runs continuously in the information presentation room. Informative staff will be happy to assist with additional information about the cheese making process and the difference between the varieties of cheese.

Espresso coffee, tea, cold drinks and ice creams are all available to enjoy whilst watching the video presentation. Alternatively they can be mixed with cheese snack packs from the shop and consumed on the outside deck areas with scenic views of the rural countryside.


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