Line-up revealed for British Cheese Weekender
British Cheese Weekender has been announced, as the UK’s specialist cheese community comes together to urge the public to ‘support small cheesemakers’ during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Featuring masterclasses, virtual farm tours and tutored tastings all online and taking place during the early May bank holiday weekend, this three-day online event will have something for everyone, from kids to fully-fledged curd nerds.
Organised by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA), the Academy of Cheese, the Guild of Fine Food and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan, the British Cheese Weekender will invite cheese lovers to stock up on artisan cheese in the lead-up to the festival, so they can get the full sensory experience. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the crisis that threatens to wipe out the previously thriving speciality cheese industry and help shoppers connect with those selling it, via a brand new directory on the SCA website.
The line-up kicks off with a kids’ cheese tasting session presented by Sam Wilkin (AKA Cellarman Sam), with other highlights including farm tours at Fen Farm Dairy in Suffolk and former World Cheese Awards champion, Lynher Dairies in Cornwall, a guided tasting on Instagram Live from Quicke’s in Devon, a behind-the-scenes tour of Neal’s Yard Dairy and a Fondue Night cook-along with The Cheese Bar’s Mathew Carver.
You can also join in a History of British Cheese in 30 minutes with author and cheesemonger, Ned Palmer, deep dives into pairing, raw milk, sheep’s milk and blue cheese and a Cheese Question Time on Saturday night with some of the country’s top experts.
Cheese fans will be able to put their knowledge to the test during Paxton & Whitfield’s Cheese Pub Quiz and the weekend will be signed off with a presentation from the Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA), the Academy of Cheese, the Guild of Fine Food and Patrick McGuigan.
The British Cheese Weekender will take place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May, running from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the full line-up and more information, visit academyofcheese.org/british-cheese-weekender.
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May
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