Melbourne will host a halloumi festival on the weekend of November 17-18.
The event is organised by the Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria.
According to the Urban List, there’s going to be ten traditional halloumi dishes for tasting, including ravioli with halloumi, Cypriot flaounes, koupes and halloumi pies.
Visitors will have the chance to taste different types of halloumi and will receive a glass of wine and a recipe book with their ticket.
“It’s super popular in Melbourne and overseas. The first thing that would strike on the menu being Cypriot is seeing Halloumi on every menu in some form. That’s how I started thinking that such an event would be a success,” Stelios Angelodemou, president of the Community told Neos Kosmos website.
“I’d shared this idea with my friends, fellow producers in Cyprus and the Government and we thought it would be good to establish such an event in Melbourne.”
Cypriot halloumi artisans will be travelling to Melbourne to display how the cheese is made stage by stage as it was done for centuries, says the event’s facebook page.
“Understanding how produce is made somehow gives you a better appreciation for it,” Angelodemou told Neos Kosmos. “It is something special to see as the secret of cheese making was transferred from generation to generation and predominantly made by women,” he says.
The demonstration will be carried out by six women, all experienced producers based in Melbourne. “These lovely ladies will be dressed in the traditional Cypriot attire and will carry the milk into the main event space where we will show guests live how our cheese is made,” Angelodemou said.
Attending will also be representatives of the Halloumi Association from Cyprus, who will promote their own products.
According to Neos Kosmos the event had 650,000 unique visits on the Community’s Facebook page during the last seven days alone with thousands of people saying they are attending.
“When it comes to cheese, Halloumi is quite a star,” Angelodemou says.
What: Melbourne Halloumi Festival
Where: Cyprus Community of Melbourne and Victoria, 495-497 Lygon St, Brunswick East
When: 12pm – 9pm, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 November
For more info, click here.