Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival



Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lovers Festival unveils an exclusive dessert only available at Centennial Parklands this June. To celebrate the annual festival’s third birthday, it has collaborated with The Bearded Bakers at Knafeh Bakery to bring to life the ‘Hot Cheese Sundae’.

Inspired by the hot fudge sundae, the exclusive cheese dessert is a carefully layered masterpiece of texture, flavour and temperature. Knafeh Bakery used their popular traditional family recipe to create the sundae; a waffle basket filled with Nablus Knafeh, a Middle-Eastern dessert known for its molten cheesy centre and crispy syrup-soaked top. The warm cheese base is then topped with ‘Booza’, a Middle-Eastern ice cream drizzled with rose scented chocolate sauce, crushed pistachios, saffron sugar candy and rose petals.


Founder of Knafeh Bakery, Ameer El-Issa said, “We hope this dish can delight cheese lovers and may even introduce new flavours to people’s palettes. Middle Eastern ice cream has a thick stretchy texture and coupled with aromatic chocolate make the perfect combination to the soft sweet cheese. The crushed pistachio is traditionally paired with knafeh only, but this time we have included rose petals and saffron sugar candy to bring out the aroma and theatre, because if you have never believed in magic before, you will after you’ve tried this!”

Ameer started baking his mother’s traditional Palestinian recipe from the family’s restaurant in Croydon Park. The humble recipe rose to fame and has since been on the road touring as a mobile bakery housed in shipping containers. They currently have three bakeries that travel around Sydney, Melbourne and now New York.


The hand-made cheese sundae was exclusively made for the festival, previously held in the Hunter Valley it will celebrate its third birthday in Sydney. Eyob Yesus from Kurrajong Kitchen Cheese Lover’s Festival said, “It’s exciting to work with local businesses like Knafeh Bakery who are passionate about bringing people together. You’ll find the Bearded Bakers physical energy infectious combining delicious food with song and dance at their pop-ups. It’s an experience not to be missed and representative of the melting pot of cheese lovers Australia is are lucky to have.”

PRO-TIP FROM THE BEARDED BAKERS: “Take a big spoonful to get all the textures and flavours!”

Visitors are encouraged to learn, taste and drink their way around the festival with over 50 stalls showcasing a mixed selection of cheese, wine, beer and other cheese innovations. Along with The Bearded Bakers, visitors will find a curation of crowd favourites including;

  • The Stinking Bishops: Newtown’s boutique cheese bar

  • Stix: Melbourne’s viral cheesecake on a stick

  • Nonna’s Piada: Traditional piada truck making an exclusive ‘Cheese Lover Piada’ with gorgonzola, speck and pear

  • Dirty Bird Food Truck: Menu includes hot wings and melted cheese

  • Sprout & Kernal: No cheese lover is left out with the festival’s very first vegan cheese stall

For full information and updates visit: www.cheeseloversfestival.com.au

WHEN: Saturday 16 June 2018

TIME: 10.00am – 5.00pm

WHERE: Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park, Sydney NSW 2021

HIGHLIGHTS OF KURRAJONG KITCHEN CHEESE LOVERS FESTIVAL 2018:

  • Over 50 stalls that include cheese, wine, beer and other relative condiments

  • The Cheese Menu Lunch designed and hosted by celebrity chef Justine Schofield and matching wines by 1813 (Ticketed - 150)

  • Cooking with Cheese Workshop with Justine Schofield (FREE)

  • Cheese & Lavosh with Kurrajong Kitchen (FREE)

  • Beer & Cheese Workshop with White Rabbit Brewery (FREE)

  • Intimate Wine & Cheese Workshop with Ben Hughes, Australian Wine & Beer School (Ticketed – 15-person capacity)

  • Cheese making classes (FREE)

  • Fancy Cheesecake Competition judged by Justine Schofield (Amateurs only)

  • Legendairy Kid’s Zone (Jumping castle, educational activities, spacious animal farm and more!) Kid’s under 12 years of age enter for FREE

  • Global Cheese District

  • VIPicnic tent (Massages, Champagne, picnic area and cheese carts)

  • Live music

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