Never fear, cheese lovers – an online cheese festival is here to save lockdown
The British Cheese Weekender is coming to a screen near YOU
Cheese and biscuits! Hold onto your crackers, FoodTribers. A virtual cheese festival is on the horizon – and it’s coming to a screen near YOU.
From Wallace to, er, Gromit, we Brits are famous for having a love-love relationship with the yellow stuff. Cheese is so ingrained into the very fabric of our being that we’ve become used to attending a veritable ploughman’s worth of cheesy events throughout the year – from local cheese festivals to un-brie-lievable installations like the Cheese Hotel (and even the fabled Cheese Barge).
Sadly, thanks to the Coronavirus situation, days spent nibbling cheese while rubbing shoulders with other homo sapiens are now but a distant memory. But fortunately for us Cheese Board members, doom isn’t the only thing being mongered during this pandemic – oh no, siree. Let me tell you about a little something called the British Cheese Weekender…
The festive brainchild of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, the Academy of Cheese, the Guild of Fine Food and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan, the British Cheese Weekender is an online spectacular that’s set to bring cheese enthusiasts together in these most testing of times.
Taking place over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (8-10 May), the unprecedented celebration of dairy goodness will see cheese experts coming together to share their zest for pressed curds over YouTube – offering interactive sessions that you can join from the comfort of your sofa. Yes!
Classes will include: matching cheese with wine (or beer or cider, if you’re that way inclined); how to create the perfect cheeseboard; and – perhaps most importantly of all – cooking with cheese. To participate, all you need to do is buy a flipload of cheese, tune in, and eat to your heart’s content.
It’s all for a good cause, too; the festival will support farmhouse and artisan cheesemakers that are being forced to throw away produce amidst the chaos caused by Coronavirus.
You can find out more about the British Cheese Weekender here.