Cheese for dinner. Why not? An intimate tasting with The Smelly Cheese Shop’s Valerie Henbest and Dianna Battistella from Say Cheese is one hell of an excuse. The ladies are hosting a night of learning and eating in the heart of Adelaide Central Market. Buttery comté, soft brie … guests will eat it all.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Henbest sys. “We’ve been wanting to do something after hours at the market for a while.” With cheese month in full swing at The Central Markets it was a no-brainer.

The first Cheese After Dark event on May 12 sold out immediately, so they added a second on May 19. Much like their signature master classes held at the Smelly Cheese Shop’s Wright Street warehouse, the night will be led by Henbest, whose animated French accent and passion makes for an engaging experience. “I want to educate people about the wonderful products available to them,” she says. “Teach them of our very own terroir in the flavours of local cheeses. People don’t realise that a cheese made with cow’s milk from Woodside will taste different to one from the Barossa.”

Two tables set up in the walkway between House of Organics and The Smelly Cheese Shop will host a small crowd. “Keeping it intimate is important so the numbers will be low,” Battistella says. “We don’t want microphones, we want people to have a warm experience.”

Five cheeses will be paired with Penfolds wine, led by winery ambassador Jamie Sach. Tasting notes and comparisons allow guests to interact and learn via their senses. Eating and learning will wrap up around 8pm (it’s a school night after all) but staff will be on hand at the stalls, selling favourites to savour at home.

Cheese After Dark, The Smelly Cheese Shop, Adelaide Central Market, May 24, 6.30pm–8.30pm, $50. Tickets are available here