The Wicked Cheese Company – Wicked By Name Wicked By Nature

What better way to start a Saturday morning than drinking coffee and eating cheese?  It just sets you up for an awesome weekend, so we took a drive to one of our favourite places– Wicked Cheese Company, Richmond Tasmania.

The Wicked Cheese Company  is a family owned boutique cheese factory near Richmond,  where you can purchase cheese that is made on the premises as well as a number of other locally produced delights such as olive oil, chocolate, locally brewed wines and spirits, jams, honey, dukkha and so much more.   One half of the shop is the retail space while the other half is a café where you sample some of Tasmania’s finest food.   We have visited the shop several times since arriving in Tasmania but we had never tried the café.

The owners are clearly music fans.  The wall of the cafe are lined with an eclectic mix of rock memorabilia, mostly Beetles.  We sat at a glass topped table decorated with poster art from various classical musicals such as The Sound of Music, and What’s New Pussycat?  An interesting theme for a cheese shop I thought.

The menu has a range of light meals from soups to bread and cheese platters.  There are also some amazing cakes and desserts, and ice-cream.  I am all about the cheese so along with my latte, I chose the cheese platter with a selection of mini toasts and water crackers.   The platter included a delicately light blue vein cheese, an aged cheddar and creamiest brie you could imagine (I was not surprised to find out that it was an award winning brie).

My cheese platter half eaten before I took a photo.

Paul decided it was a dessert morning for him so he chose a warm chocolate cake covered in warm chocolate sauce.   According to Paul this moreish cake was so light and fluffy that he felt satisfied with out that weighed down feeling that sometimes follows over indulgence.

 

 

The kids chose rainbow ice cream in a waffle cone.   J allowed me

Ice cream as it should be

to sample some of his in return for a large chunk of my blue vein cheese and it was a pretty good swap.  The ice cream was exactly how all ice-cream should be full of flavour and extremely creamy.

After a delicious morning tea it was time to venture back through the cheese shop to get a selection of cheese (and chocolate of course) to take with us.

The Wicked Cheese Factory is on the Richmond Rd which is the main route from Hobart to Richmond Tasmania, and offers free tastings of all their cheeses.    If you are heading to Richmond I recommend a visit!

Now I am off to prepare my afternoon tea –blue cheese and crackers of course!

The Wicked Cheese Co,
1238 Richmond Road,
Richmond TAS 7025

The Sensory – Unique Gifts and Unique Smells

I admit it, yes it was the sign out the front of The Sensory stating that it was agent for Anvers Chocolate that drew me into this shop to begin with, however upon entering I found there was so much more to experience inside.

Tasmania is a beautiful part of Australia that is largely untouched by big business and pollution.   There are some distinctive smells of nature that many tourists may wish they could bottle for ever.   Well some smart scientists have done just that and created a unique aromatic experience for visitors.

Unfortunately they have not created bottles of scent for tourists to take away yet but they have created three sensory domes in store to allow visitors minds to be transported aromatically back to relive a bit of the wild.  The sensory domes are clear plastic domes in which visitors can put their head and allow unique southwest Tasmanian aromas such as Tasmanian devil, Tasmanian rainforests and Leatherwood flowers, to gently permeate their nostrils.

The Sensory is also prides itself on being a retailer that promotes locally made products.   They are a southern outlet for Bridestowe Lavender which means you have the opportunity to pick up some amazing Lavender gifts such as Lavender soaps and oils and even florally cards.  They also have an eclectic range of handmade jewellery and locally knitted jumpers.

If good quality tasty food is your thing there is an amazing range of locally produced honey for you to try, each with its own unique taste.   The flavours are richer and more intense than anything you can buy in the supermarket.   Some had a very strong floral taste, some almost caramel while others had a rich and creamy finish.   Then of course there is the chocolate.


This photo of The Sensory Tasmania is courtesy of TripAdvisor

The chocolate is all handmade from the finest ingredients, they are so confident that you will love them they offer free chocolate for tasting.    As predicted I did not leave empty handed, we bought a selection of handmade chocolates from the case mostly fruity ones and a few chilli ones.   We also bought a bag of what they called ‘bark’ which are sheets of chocolate with various toppings.  I can definitely recommend these.

The Sensory is truly a feast for your senses I highly recommend a visit when you are in Richmond Tasmania.