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Sheepishly Delicious:
My Cheesy Adventure at Cambray Cheese Farm

Set forth on an unparalleled culinary odyssey with Will Meyrick as he delves into the soul of Western Australia. From the lush vineyards of Margaret River to the masterful artisans of the South, gain an intimate glimpse into the region’s hidden treasures. Mirroring the fervour and dedication Will invests in his restaurant, Will St., this series is destined to be a symphony for the senses.

This series has been produced in collaboration with WA Good Food Guide

Have you ever stumbled upon a place so charming, so quirky, that you couldn’t help but fall in love with it? Well, I recently had the pleasure of visiting Cambray Cheese, a small family-operated cheese business that’s anything but ordinary. Nestled on the outskirts of Nannup, surrounded by serene state forest, Cambray Cheese is a hidden gem that has been churning out remarkable cheese since its inception in 2005. As the saying goes, “Not all heroes wear capes; some make cheese.”
Cambray Cheese is the brainchild of a family whose love for cheesemaking and sheep farming collided in the most delectable way. What set them apart was their enthusiasm for the health benefits of sheep milk. The richness of vitamins A, B, D, and E, combined with over 100% more calcium than cow’s milk, makes sheep milk a nutritional powerhouse. And for those plagued by lactose intolerance, there’s good news! Sheep milk seems to be the gentle giant among dairy, with evidence suggesting that it’s more readily tolerated than its bovine counterpart.
But what truly makes this place extraordinary is the duo at the heart of this truffle treasure hunt: Adrian Mielke and his trusty truffle dog, Marni. These two aren’t just a team; they’re family. The connection between truffle hunter and hound is a heartwarming part of the romance surrounding this black gold, which fetches a princely sum of $1300 per kilogram, far more than your average potato.
Tom Wilde, the eldest son of the family, plays a vital role in this cheesy saga. He’s the man on the farm, tending to the fluffy sheep and overseeing the magic that happens in the factory. During my visit, Tom graciously offered to be my tour guide through their cheese-making wonderland. We embarked on a journey through the cheese-making process, exploring a delightful variety of cheese styles, and, of course, sampling the fruits of their labor.
What sets Cambray Cheese apart, you ask? Well, it’s all in the details. Every cheese wheel produced here proudly carries the official “Farmhouse” status. This means that every stage of the cheese-making process unfolds entirely on their farm. They carefully select milk from a specially chosen flock, ensuring that each batch of cheese is crafted with the utmost love and attention. It’s not just about the milk either; their sheep graze on lush pastures surrounded by native bushland and sip from natural springs. This pristine, pesticide-free environment ensures that their cheese is of exceptional purity and flavor.
So, there you have it – Cambray Cheese is the epitome of paddock-to-plate goodness. It’s a place where passion, tradition, and a sprinkle of quirkiness come together to create award-winning cheeses that will make your taste buds do a happy dance. Whether you’re a cheese connoisseur or a casual fan, this family-owned treasure is bound to win your heart, one delicious bite at a time.
The next time you find yourself in the vicinity of Nannup, don’t miss the chance to embark on your own cheesy adventure at Cambray Cheese. It’s an experience that’s bound to leave you utterly “sheep”-struck and craving more of their “sheepishly” delicious creations. So, remember, when life gets a little too “baa”-sic, add a touch of Cambray Cheese to your plate for a quirky twist that’s bound to brighten your day.
CAMBRAY CHEESE
Vasse Hwy, Cundinup WA 6275, Australia (See on Map)
Website: cambraycheese.com.au