Italy and South Africa have a few great things in common, one of them being a love for good food and good friends. This is why we at Galbani decided to bring our delicious and versatile Galbani fresh Mozzarella and Galbani Mascarpone to South African shores.

We love to share our table, and in the few months we’ve been here, we’ve had our table full! We were delighted to have an exhibit at the beautiful Sandringham farm in Stellenbosch for this year’s South African Cheese Festival. Nearly 30 000 cheese-lovers came to enjoy a weekend full of cheese, wine and other delicacies. In true Italian style, we invited guests to join the Galbani table where Italian chef Lapo Magni shared a few of his recipes using the delicious and versatile Galbani fresh Mozzarella and Galbani Mascarpone.

First on the menu was a Galbani Mozzarella, Parma Ham and fig tart, topped with wild rocket and generous lashings of balsamic glaze. This delicious tart is easy to recreate at your own table at home and is always sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Chef Lapo, famous for his signature risotto dishes, then delighted the guests with a Galbani Mascarpone pea risotto, with a crispy pancetta topping to complement the creamy dish. For the grand finale, we shared a Galbani Mascarpone gelato with lemon zest and crumble – so delicious it had the crowds lining up for more!

It was our first year to join the SA Cheese Fest, and as newcomers, we were especially proud to be awarded Best Stand in the National Cheese category. We were delighted to take home our trophy and our guests were delighted to take home some delicious Galbani cheese.

A great time was also had at the Taste of Cape Town where, under the guidance of Chef Lapo, our guests got the chance to show off some culinary skills and create their own Italian feast. At the Riebeek Kasteel Olive Festival, the creamy Galbani mozzarella made its artisanal debut on the Maggino Bros authentic Italian pizza.

Our al fresco dining experience didn’t stop when the sun went down. We held tastings at the Galileo Open Air Theatre that were an absolute hit. With stars in the sky, and stars on the screen, our delicious Caprese skewers got some stardom of their own. We also handed out fold-up Galbani tables for friends to gather around and share their food under the beautiful night sky.

Keep an eye out for the next delicious Galbani experience, or find our Galbani fresh Mozzarella and Galbani Mascarpone at selected PnP, Checkers and Spar stores. Make Italy’s favourite cheese a favourite around your table too.