4-5 November 2017
11am – 8pm
136 Kingsland Road
London, E2 8EA
Entry £4, plus booking fee, via www.eventbrite.co.uk
Visitors can meet and buy directly from cheesemakers and cheesemongers, plus sample deliciously gooey street food from grilled cheese sandwiches to raclette and mac ‘n cheese’ at the ticketed event, which will host around 20 traders.
The festival, which first launched at Camden Market in May and has now moved to East London, aims to shine a spotlight on a new generation of young, passionate producers, retailers and street food operators that are breathing new life into the once staid world of fine fromage.
Other highlights include craft beer and wine bars, live music, and free cheese demonstrations, including mozzarella-making and a Parmesan v cheddar ‘crack off’ (two cheesemongers going head to head to open two enormous cheeses). There will also be the opening of a 70kg Emmental (expect Lederhosen).
The weekend will include a series of expert tastings on topics such as: Pimp My Cheeseboard, British New-Wave Cheeses and the Raw Milk Revolution. Talks will be held in the Culture Club tasting room inside the museum. Tickets cost £15 per session, plus booking fee, (includes free entry to the festival) via www.eventbrite.co.uk
“There’s a new wave of young cheesemakers and mongers who are taking cheese in really exciting new directions and we want to celebrate what they’re doing,” said co-founder Patrick McGuigan. “There’s a huge appetite among the public to eat better cheese and learn more about issues such as raw milk, craft skills and how geography and tradition influence flavour and quality. The aim of the London Cheese Project is to bring all these elements together in one place.”