Artisan Cheese Affair - Hosted by The Cheese Wheel

Island Bay Bowling Club

276 The Parade, Island Bay, Wellington 6023, New Zealand

POSTPONED - New date to be advised

$55 pp

Are you missing out on New Zealand’s best cheeses? 

The good people at The Cheese Wheel promise to introduce you to amazing artisan cheeses. These rare cheeses are often only available at farmers’ markets or directly from the cheesemaker. The Cheese Wheel know their cheese! They provide monthly subscription boxes as well as curating cheese for restaurants, bars and events. Their mission is to bring better cheese to the people while helping small artisan cheesemakers prosper. 

Kevin Jenkins, Island Bay resident and co-founder of The Cheese Wheel, will be your MC. He remembers the grim old days in NZ when ‘wine’ meant the sickly stuff you drank at Christmas, and ‘beer’ was sweet, brown water. He welcomed the wine renaissance that started in the 1980s and the more recent craft beer revolution, but mass-produced cheese – whether ‘big block’ or rubbery ‘camembert’ – was still disappointing. Under the radar though, artisan cheese was following the same path as wine and beer. Kevin wrote about it in the 2019 NZ Herald article, “Will cheese become NZ’s next craft beer?” Public reaction was huge and inspired a new business – The Cheese Wheel - connecting cheese lovers with little-known artisan cheesemakers. 

This fun evening will include six remarkable cheese tastings, each paired with an equally outstanding wine or beer. Be regaled with fascinating facts about cheese; the cheese revolution and how it is playing out in Aotearoa. You’ll be guided through each cheese, hear about its maker, and why Kevin and his colleagues have matched it to its particular beer or wine. You’ll learn how to taste cheese like a pro and about the ‘three Cs’ of matching. 

The Cheese Wheel run similar events with craft beer brewpubs during Wellington on a Plate and the last three years have sold out, so be quick.

For more on The Cheese Wheel and their artisan cheese delivery service - see