If you’re a no-nonsense cheeseaholic then clear your calendar on the 2-3rd May 2015 and head on over to the Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, for some seriously cheesy goodness.
The British are a nation of cheese lovers and are proud to produce some excellent varieties that achieve global recognition in the food world. From delicious heritage cheddars to geographically-protected Stilton and soft Somerset Brie, the British Isles is a hub of artisan cheese production throughout all regions. According to the Artisan Cheese Fair’s website, figures from HMRC in 2014 showed that British cheese exports rose by 8.2 per cent with around 130,000 tonnes exported. We think this deserves to be celebrated.
Make this May Day bank holiday weekend ooze foodie fun by spending the day at this incredible celebration of cheeses. Open from 10am – 4pm each day, the festival has a schedule packed full of tantalising tutored tastings and talks, from ‘How do they make Stilton cheese?’ and ‘Make your Own Cheese’ demonstrations to ‘No Kidding – Goats Cheese Delights’ and ‘Cheddar as You’ve Never Tasted It’ tasting sessions.
The variety of cheeses on offer is immense, including a selection of different cow, goat, sheep/ewe and buffalo cheeses using raw, unpasteurised, vegetarian and organic milks. Previous festivals have had over 50 cheesemakers who produce more than 250 cheeses, and this year is set to be no different.
If you think you may become overwhelmed by cheese then don’t panic, all other food groups are also well taken care of. Besides cheese, there will be stalls selling pies, English wines, cakes and macaroons, beers and cider, chutneys, breads and baked goods as well as lots more treats to tempt your tastebuds. You can even sample some of Melton Mowbray’s famous pork pies.
Now in its fifth year the Artisan Cheese Fair is proud to be the largest dedicated festival of cheese in the UK, and a firm favourite in every British foodie’s calendar. With its incredibly reasonable £2 entry price, it’s easy to see why this celebration of all things cheesy is so popular. Head to the halls of Melton Mowbray’s heritage Cattle Market this May and celebrate cheese in all of its melty, oozy, delicious glory.
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