Name a more iconic duo than cheese and champagne. We’ll wait.
This classic pairing will be featured at a Portside Wharf pop-up event that will showcase the French delicacies in a beautiful setting along the Brisbane riverfront.
This weekend, Portside will partner with cheese expert Sharyn de Kort (of The Cheese Pleaser) to bring Brisbanites a taste of France through a selection of fine cheeses, washed down with champagne from one of the world’s most recognised producers, Pol Roger.
Tastebuds will be tantalised with three cheeses handpicked by Ms de Kort and accompanied by The Cheese Pleaser’s signature apple and walnut chutney.
“The pop-up event will be a cheese lover’s dream, made all the more special by the pairing with Pol Roger, one of the most highly regarded champagne houses in France,” says Ms de Kort.
“I have selected three of my favourite French cheeses that, while being crowd-pleasers, are also guaranteed to impress even the fussiest of connoisseurs.
“Sharing a beautiful cheeseboard with family and friends is always something to be savoured, and coupled with the backdrop of the Brisbane River and live music by local artists, it will make for a fabulous day out.”
The thee featured cheeses will be:
Le Dauphin (Rhone-Alpes, France) — An unusual double cream hexagonal cheese, Le Dauphin takes its name from a term once used to describe the heir apparent to the throne of France. Made from local cows’ milk by Fromagerie Guilloteau in the scenic hills of the Rhône Valley, Le Dauphin is a soft and creamy crowd pleaser.
Comte (Franche-comte, France) — Comte is ubiquitous in France, where it’s consumed by 40 per cent of the population and has the highest production figures of all French cheeses. Beneath its hard rind, you’ll find a firm and supple centre which melts in the mouth. Its flavour is sweet and floral, with a nutty tang.
Bleu d’Auvergne (Auvergne, France) — Bleu d’Auvergne is sticky, moist and crumbly with nice even veining and a natural rind. The flavour is strong, spicy and somewhat nutty.
Each cheese platter will cost $15; Pol Roger will go for $19 a glass or $110 a bottle. A selection of wines will also be available by the glass and bottle.
The Cheese & Champagne Pop-Up will run from 12pm to 6pm on Saturday 4 March and 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 5 March.
A special screening of Amelie at Dendy Portside at 4pm on Sunday 5 March, with tickets priced at only $10, will wrap up the French-themed weekend.