I’ve been multi-tasking like a champion today! I needed to take some snaps of the Coal River Valley region for a client’s Facebook page. My parents are currently in Hobart for a well-earned holiday and I wanted to spend time with them too. So we met for morning tea at Wicked Cheese. Just to add to my list of accomplishments for the day, I’m sharing some of the many, many photos from the outing here.

Wicked Cheese - Richmond Road
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Hot red lips invite visitors to Wicked Cheese on Richmond Road

Wicked Cheese: En Route to Richmond

Wicked Cheese is one from a long list of Tasmanian places I’ve wanted to visit for ages. I do drive past on occasion (en route to Richmond or beyond from Hobart) but the spare time required to investigate had previously been elusive. I would advise you not to make the same mistake… grab the first opportunity that presents itself, and go there!

If you’re a cheese connoisseur, you’ll find the name “wicked” completely appropriate, for sure. Having sampled several varieties made on-site, I’m yet to taste one I wouldn’t recommend. Master cheese-maker (and business owner) Ashley McCoy is truly passionate about his craft and chatted with us over morning tea.

Wicked Cheese - Cheesecake
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Cheesecake and a cappuccino in the cafe for morning tea

The products have won a wealth of awards, as too has the business. Ashley declared the top two non-negotiable aspects of running a successful enterprise were caring for staff and caring for customers. This ethos has just seen Wicked Cheese claim the Business East Hospitality Service Award for 2013, a fine achievement.

Wicked Cheese - Awards
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Just a small selection of the awards on display at Wicked Cheese

If by chance cheese is not your favourite food, you’ll still appreciate a visit to the Wicked Cheese complex. Light lunches, hot and cold drinks and a selection of delicious cakes (yes, first-hand experience!) are available to diners in the cafe section, with additional picnic tables outside near the lawn, which is complete with totem tennis for the young at heart. There were customers aplenty today, so I’d imagine the place would be really jumping during weekends and holiday season.

Wicked Cheese - Richmond
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Outdoor dining at the Wicked Cheese complex

Award-Winning Cheese on Show

Ashley kindly took my camera into the cold room to capture some pictures of cheese during the maturation process. While visitors are not permitted in this section for obvious health and hygiene reasons, they can watch the makers at work through a viewing window, with the cheddar cheese maturing room also on show.

Wicked Cheese - Cheddar
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Award-winning Wicked Cheese Cheddar

Wicked Cheese - Brie
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That’s a lot a brie, in climate-controlled storage

Wicked Cheese - Cheddar Maturation Room
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See the cheddar in the maturing room through a viewing window

Wicked Cheese - Makers
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Watching the Wicked Cheese makers at work

The Wicked Cheese Cloth-bound Cheddar was recently awarded Champion Cheddar at the Royal Melbourne Show, another substantial feather in the hat of a proudly Tasmanian company. Wicked Cheese Triple Cream Brie was awarded the Supreme Cheese Champion Trophy at the 2008 Royal Melbourne Show, and I now have a wedge of that very cheese in my possession. I will save it for a special occasion… or maybe I’ll just eat it tonight while I’m watching the news!

As always, we were happy to see the cross-promotion of other Tasmanian business owners, with much of the substantial providore selection from the local region. Ashley stocks only Coal River Valley wines, and has a great range to choose from. Milk and walnuts from Richmond were also clear favourites, with chocolates from Berriedale another popular item with shoppers.

Wicked Cheese - Richmond Walnuts
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Smoked walnuts from Richmond Tasmania

Wicked Cheese - Providore
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Shelves are lined with Tasmanian-made goodies in the providore section

Wicked Cheese - Accompaniments
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If you need accompaniments for your cheese-tasting experience…

Wicked Cheese - Wine
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Wine, strictly from the Coal River Valley region

Cheese Tasting and Factory Outlet Sales

As you’d expect at a factory outlet, the range of Wicked Cheese on sale was substantial. Visitors are able to sample many varieties, helping to make the choice easier. I did think the picnic selection was a very clever idea. Several cheeses were combined with complementary items including quince paste, smoked walnuts, pate and crackers… all pre-packed in a convenient box ready to go.

Wicked Cheese - Tastings
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All manner of cheese tastings at the Wicked factory outlet

Wicked Cheese - Cheddar Varieties
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Cheddar is flavoured with chilli, whisky, pepperberries and more

Wicked Cheese - Cool Cafe
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The cheese is kept cool in fridges near the Wicked Cafe

Wicked Cheese - Brie
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Smoked Brie and Triple Cream Brie with the signature hot-lips

I’ll be taking other visitors along for Wicked Cheese tastings in future, and it will now be a priority to venture inside every time I’m passing the entrance. The whole complex is a quality experience, and there’s little wonder they’re winning awards and proving particularly popular.

At the time of writing, the factory outlet opens seven days from 10:00am to 4:30pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday). You’ll find the business at 1238 Richmond Road close to the township of Richmond. For more information visit Wicked Cheese online or phone (03) 6260 2341.

Please note: a Wicked Cheese club is launching soon. Sign up for that opportunity by email.

Wicked Cheese - Platter
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A little cheese, a little quince paste and some crackers = dinner!

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