Posted: 06/05/2020

Line-up revealed for bank holiday British Cheese Weekender


Cheese masterclasses, tutored tastings and virtual farm tours are all on the line-up for the inaugural British Cheese Weekender this bank holiday weekend, on 8th-10th May. 

Aiming to help faltering small cheesemakers survive the COVID-19 crisis, the event invites cheese lovers to stock up on artisan cheese to enjoy with others across the nation.

Tracey Colley, director of the Academy of Cheese, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to see how many experts from across our industry have wanted to take part in the British Cheese Weekender, from cheesemakers to cheese distributors we now have a multitude of virtual cheese events for everyone to join in with.”

Organised by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association (SCA), the Academy of Cheese, the Guild of Fine Food and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan, the Weekender plays host to more than 35 virtual events over the course of the weekend. From cheese tastings and pairings with beer, wine and whiskey, and explorations of some of the big names in artisan cheese, to a cheddar-making documentary and even cheese poetry, there is something for everyone, “from kids to fully-fledged curd nerds”.

Highlights include 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, a Fondue Night cook-along with The Cheese Bar’s Mathew Carver and a Cheese Question Time on Saturday night with some of the country’s top experts.

Catherine Mead, chair of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, said: “There has been a remarkable response from the public to the crisis facing small cheesemakers in Britain. More and more people are buying farmhouse and artisan cheese direct from producers and independent retailers, which has been really heartening. 

“But the future of the industry is still far from certain. Small cheesemakers have lost so many orders due to the closure of restaurants, pubs and farmers markets that continued public support is essential if they are going to survive.”

The British Cheese Weekender will take place from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 May, running from 3pm until 10pm each day. For the full line-up and more information, visit academyofcheese.org/british-cheese-weekender.

See full line up below.

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