Fromagers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the 142nd Paparoa A&P Show this year with a new cheesemaking category on the programme.
Judge Jas Futter says the entries will be marked on flavour, aroma, texture and presentation.
“I’m looking forward to seeing who is out there making cheese. It’s a really good thing to know how to do and we want to promote it,” says Jas.
Jas believes there are many benefits to making your own cheese.
“It’s better quality, there’s the sense of achievement, there are no preservatives and it’s good for the soul. It’s a nice process.”
Indoor category entries close at 11.45am on Friday, February 2 at the Paparoa War Memorial Hall.
North Kaipara Agricultural Association president Kate Battensby says she’s looking forward to seeing everything come together on the day.
“It’s a day where people from different all backgrounds can come together and see what’s out there.” Sir Alexander Lockwood Smith has also put his hand up to judge the cattle at this year’s show.
There will be sideshows, equestrian events, wood chopping, shearing, livestock categories.
A large indoor section will boast a multitude of classes including cooking, sewing, knitting, handcrafts, vegetable, flower, photography, local school handwriting and art work, home brew and children’s work as well as many market stalls. There will also be a live band and plenty of activities for children and teenagers.
There is free parking, facilities and a St John ambulance will be on site to make sure everyone is kept safe.
The Paparoa Show is happening on Saturday, February 3 at the Paparoa Showgrounds. Gates open at 9am. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children with under 5s free. Eftpos is available at the main gate but bring cash for other purchases.