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Gouda Cheese Shop

Gouda cheese shop

The Gouda Cheese Shop is the best place I’ve found to buy cheese in Hamilton. It’s like Aladdin’s cave – crammed with delicious food from around the world. And I was delighted to find that a large part of their cheese range is made locally.

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Southern Belle – superb sweet peppers

sweet peppers

Southern Belle’s sweet bell peppers speak for themselves. You can buy them on Sundays at the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. I’ve been a fan for years, so I was keen to find out how they manage to grow these delicious capsicums so far out of season.

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Aroha organic goat cheese

Aroha organic goat cheese

A small farm near Mt Te Aroha is home to one of New Zealand’s top cheese makers. 

At the national cheese championships in March, Jeanne van Kuyk of Aroha Organic Goat Cheese took out the Milk Test NZ Champion Cheesemaker Award. Her Aroha Raw Milk Rich Plain cheese also topped the goat cheese section, and her other cheeses won several more medals. 

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This is a blog about showcasing the delicious abundance of the Waikato region. Such wonderful food deserves celebration and appreciation.

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My name is Alice and I love local food. For more, see the "About" page.