Yes, you read correctly – it’s a day dedicated to ricotta, with the Amore Cheese Ricotta Festival returning on Sunday 26th March. There will be local producers, food and drink pop-ups, entertainment, DJs and even activities for the kids. To kick the day off, fresh ricotta calda (hot ricotta) will be served to guests on arrival.

The Ricotta Festival is held at Amore Cheese HQ in Thomastown from 10am to 4pm and promises to be a cheese lover’s dream with plenty of delicious dishes on offer including gnocchi sorrentina, porchetta rolls and burrata along with freshly filled cannoli from Cannoleria. Also on offer are pizzas from Primo Pizza, potato on a stick from Curly Spuds, Boca Gelato, Sicilian charcoal BBQ from U’fuculari and gluten-free bruschetta from Senza Gluten-Free.

Enjoy drinks from Pizzini Wines, including Aperol Spritz, a Brachetto cocktail (Brachetto, ice, fresh ginger, lime, mint and strawberry) and a selection of wines from their wine bar, as well as refreshing beers from the Stomping Ground beer stand, while Imbue Distillery will be pouring cocktails.

Ricotta festival with cherries

Those wanting to stock up on produce will love this year’s local producer marketplace, featuring returning vendors Bippi Chilli Oil, Battisti Olive Oil and Pasta, Il Baronello Vinocotto, Imbue Distillery and Puopolo Artisan Salumi. 

The line-up will be joined this year by newcomers Barkly Smokehouse and Backyard Honey. Carlton Football Club will be sending their Carlton Fan Van to join in the festivities. 

Entertainment includes live performances by Grupo Vallenato Cumva Band, Melbourne’s talented Tarantella Dancers and Italo disco tunes by DJ Stefano Marciano.

Tickets are $10 and include admission and a serve of hot ricotta (Ricotta Calda) on arrival. Kids under 12 are free and no ticket is required.

  • When: Sunday 26th March, 10am – 4pm
  • Where: That’s Amore Cheese, 66 Latitude Blvd, Thomastown
  • Tickets are available here