All great entertainers will tell you that no repertoire is complete without an antipasto or entertainer’s platter. We’ve taken the guesswork out and have created three step-by-step videos to show you how to make a cheese platter.

Antipasto, which literally means ‘before the meal’ is a delicious combination of small bites of tasty food often accompanied by wine and served as a starter… though I have been to many a get-together where we have never progressed from the starters!


Antipasto platters are usually offerings of cured deli meats, salty olives, tasty cheeses, marinated vegetables, seafood delicacies and crackers or rustic bread to put it all together. They will often include a dip or two and the success is in the simplicity. Luckily for the host it is always best to keep these platters simple! When done right these will bring a relaxed and casual feel to your event. Keep the choices to a minimum and just give a bit of forethought to how many you’re catering for and what flavours are going to work best with each other.

During any festive season, I like to keep my cheese drawer in the fridge well-stocked with staples I can use to put together a quick entertainers platter – PERFECT for unexpected guests!

Aussie Farmer’s Direct has a great selection of items to have on hand for the many events coming up over the coming months. So easy to order online and have it delivered to our door! Talk about taking the effort out of entertaining.

Our quick videos will show you just how easy it is to put together a simple entertainers platter AND to make it even easier we have TWO ENTERTAINER PACKS to giveaway so scroll down!


Video 1 - How to make an Antipasto Platter in under 3 minutes!


Video 2 - How to make a Cheese Platter in 2 minutes


Video 3 - How to Make an Antipasto Platter in 3 Minutes



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Plus, two of our lucky readers will win the tools to make these fabulous platters just like we did! Comprising a Jamie Oliver Paddle Board, gorgeous French cheese knife and 2 x condiment bowls, perfect for setting up their own antipasto platters just like we did!  

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  1. Michelle Green Reply

    A variety of cheese, crackers, pickled octopus, pickles, olives, dried fruit and various nuts. Dips are also great and kabana and fritz for the kids.

  2. Fresh in-season fruit, always in fruit bowl or stowed in the ‘fridge.. so ready for a quick fruit platter no matter what time of day unexpected guests arrive.

  3. Bianca Moore Reply

    Two to three different cheeses, crackers, dried apricots and either grapes or nuts. My other platter is a couple of cheeses, dip, salami or mettwurst and crackers. Would love to win the prize to display them beautifully like Tania did in the video. thanks 🙂

  4. Mandy Spiero Reply

    Aussie Farmers Direct do not deliver to my area, Wahhh!

  5. Tess Howard Reply

    Some of our beautiful Tassie cheeses (King Island triple cream brie is to DIE for!) with our world renowned salmon and fresh produce. Lucky to live here!

  6. Lisa Robbins Reply

    Crackers, cheese, twiggys to please. Olives, dips and carrot sticks.

    A balance of healthy and bad because it’s not complete without the chip bag!

  7. Narelle Rock Reply

    I love to serve up spinach dip in a cob roll bowl, everyone loves it!

  8. Jacqui Lagaluga Reply

    Antipasta and cheeses served with fresh crusty home baked bread.

  9. Nicole Woods Reply

    My famous creamy cheese and bacon cobb loaf. That recipe gets passed around more than any other!

  10. I love the usual chips and dips, but I am well known for my “cheese ball”. Cream cheese, chopped gherkin, rolled in curry powder. It doesn’t look attractive but the taste always has people coming back for more!

  11. Karen Turner Reply

    I love serving up any type of seafood like battered snapper with dipping sauce or pickled marron.

  12. I love to serve carrots, celery and water crackers with a variety of dips.

  13. Some seasonal fruit to cleanse the palate, maybe rockmelon or grapes.

  14. Wendy Christidis Reply

    I’d serve salami, Italian sausage, prosciutto, leg ham, coppa, pancetta, giardiniera, olives, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, several cheeses, cut ciabatta bread and crostini on my antipasto platter!

  15. I always serve dukkah, extra virgin olive oil and warm, fresh Turkish bread on arrival!

  16. Judith Senese Reply

    For dessert I love to serve mini baked cheesecakes with fresh berries.

  17. blackwidow63 Reply

    my favourite is feta and olive salad as its loved by everone even the kids

  18. Antipasto platter with cream cheese based home-made cheese ball, olives, light crackers, halved grape tomatoes, fresh purple grapes, hot sliced salami and the smoked salmon!

  19. Nibbles, dips & crackers. Cheese platter and antipasta platters! Something for everyone 🙂

  20. Tina Clausen Reply

    I love to try to serve a range of different foods; from savoury to sweets, from my Danish heritage specialities to Mediterranean delicacies and Asian treats. Something for everyone is the name of the game in our multicultural family.

  21. Jennifer Robertson Reply

    I usually like to prepare food from scratch – but not when serving an antipasto platter – cheeses, olives, salamis and crisp breads are something I leave to the experts.

  22. Sharon Markwell Reply

    I’m a cheese & crackers type of girl (but for desserts it has to be all about chocolate).

  23. Crankycaroline Reply

    I love to serve cob loaf with home made avocado dip. YUM

  24. Dianne Childs Reply

    I love to put together a gourmet cheese board with a variety of crackers and some yummy dips!

  25. Berrenson Thai Reply

    cheese, ham, antipesto and crackers and i love making my own dips.

  26. Heather Lowden Reply

    A platter is such an easy way to make a meal. I love antipasta

  27. Julie Ford Reply

    love finger food its easy and convinent and people chat and mingle

  28. Smoked salmon, because it’s yummy and I only have it when friends come round!

  29. Michelle Halusko Tsimouris Reply

    I love chargrill capsicum, marinated mushrooms & olives on my platters!

  30. Laura Scriven Reply

    Homemade bread along with gourmet antipasto & cured meats,
    It’s time to have a treat!

  31. Cold meats and cheeses with little pastries – it’s never failed!

  32. I love to serve a soft cheese and a cheddar with crackers, cold meat and a nice crisp chardonnay!

  33. Ebony Carr Reply

    A cheese platter with Brie, Camembert, Cheddar and Dutch Gouda. A platter with sundried tomatoes, olives, kabana, crackers and dip

  34. Cheryl Moulton Reply

    I love prosciutto, fresh aspargus, olives a variety of cheese, Sun dried tomatoes served with a crusty break

  35. Rebecca Yangzon Reply

    I love a mixed platter of mixed cheeses, ,relishes,salami,honey ham,gherkins,semi dried tomato and cracker biscuits and a cheesy bacon and cheese cob loaf

  36. Tracey Ralph Reply

    Love serving homemade dukkah with crusty bread and olive oil.

  37. Natalie Stoute Reply

    Nothing beats good old fashioned cheese, dip, cabanossi, crackers and cocktail onions! Served seventies style with toothpicks 🙂

  38. Lauren Barnes Reply

    In kitchen is where I’ll invigorate, devouring new found ZUMBO creation.
    House filled with plenty of heat, mouths salivate with her flavorsome packed treats.

  39. Lynne Lillington Reply

    I go for a cheese platter with this rhyme something old something new something goat and something blue, with a selection of meats and sundried tomatoes and olives.

  40. johanna rees Reply

    A platter with home made dips, with gourmet crackers, sun dried tomatoes, some lovely Australian cheeses, and chilled grapes and figs.

  41. Alicia Bardsley Reply

    A variety of cold meats, dips, cheeses and always something with some heat of chilli

  42. I like to serve garlic bread, chesse,olives, smoked salmon and sundried tomatoes..

  43. Salami, Ham, Twiggy sticks. Selection of cheeses with plain crackers and various veggie sticks to cater for the vegetarians and veggie dips

  44. Antipasto, cheeses, hot smoked salmon and dips with gluten free crackers. And most important, champagne!

  45. Trish NJ Welsh Reply

    Hummus with vegetable crudités.
    Prosciutto, double smoked ham, Sicilian green olives, semi dried tomatoes, cornichons, blue cheese, smoked cheddar and brie served with toasted sourdough.

  46. Charl Lowther Reply

    Kabanas, several types of cheese, sun dried tomatoes, crackers, dips, carrots and celery sticks, salami sticks and olives.

  47. Justine Liane Reply

    Lavosh, cabanossi, double brie, cashews, olives, stuffed mushrooms, red grapes

  48. Shana Coyle Reply

    good quality cured meats on a plank board always a crowd pleaser!

  49. Suzy N Kevin Lincoln Reply

    I love to serve a home made dip with some rice crackers, nuts, olives, vegie sticks and some slices of chilli metwurst.

  50. Fiona Rowlands Reply

    I love Cheese & Fruit platters with crunchy fresh bread, Quince Paste is an essential on my cheese platters…

  51. Kate Evans Reply

    Apart from the usual favs, I always lay down some fresh herbs. It makes the platter pop to the eye.

  52. Cheese Platters always go down well with guests. Just mix it up with yummy crackers or home made dips or fruit…so many options 🙂

  53. Tamara Lamb Reply

    Platter of cheese, dips, crackers, kabana, olives, sundried tomatoes, pickled onions and fresh prawns 😀

  54. Judith Fasshauer Reply

    cheese , bread , delicatessen , olives,tomatos and cucumber must to have

  55. Homemade dips! They are so easy to make and guests love the fact that you made them yourself!

  56. We love adding home made dips. I also get the kids involved, and they make home made Focaccia. If we dont have time to make it, I cut lebanese bread into slices and toast them in the oven.

  57. Jan O'Bree Reply

    I love to serve homemade trout dip served with ciabatta bread!

  58. Glenda McDonnell Reply

    My holiday platters taste like a “mini world trip” , I love experimenting with unusual flavours, one day it’s a trip to Asia, the next it’s sampling tapas in Spain, they’re never the same !

  59. Rachael Lee-anne Rowberry Reply

    I always serve a cheese platter with dried fruits, cheeses, crackers and relishes it’s great for a nibble whilst the main meal is waiting to be served

  60. I love antipasto with cream filled peppers, cheese and more cheese.

  61. Amanda Casalanguida Reply

    Fresh home made bread for dipping into olive oil with a splash of balsamic vinegar. And blue stinky cheese… stinkier the better!

  62. theoniversace Reply

    My dads homegrown olives and fetta cheese with chunks of freshly baked bread!

  63. Cass Westwood Reply

    I entertain my family a lot and I love serving up fruit platters, dips, and olives.

  64. Jenny Newstead Reply

    Tapas and platters with lots of options. That way my guests can take what they like and don’t feel obliged to eat everything I serve them!

  65. Kelly Ryan Reply

    A cheese platter, cold meat selection with olives and sun dried tomato accompanied by the best garlic crackers

  66. I absolutely love to have cabana, cheese and crackers with dips (my favourite is spicy capsicum)!

  67. Andieharrie Reply

    Love the cheese stuffed peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives and a variety of cheeses

  68. kristysweeney Reply

    Olives, homemade crackers & dips & cheeses with a fruit paste is delightful.

  69. Faye Hannam Reply

    CHEESE… I just love the various cheeses that are available at the deli.. So many to choose from, and something for everyone!

  70. A variety of cheeses including the new spreadable vintage cheddar, a cracked pepper pate and serve it with a nice, chilled, fruity white.

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