Big Cheese Weekender comes to ‘Cheesewick’

Save the date: Sunday 15 October 2023, 9.30am – 3pm

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

The UK’s cheese accreditation body, The Academy of Cheese, hosts an annual National Cheese Weekend packed with on-line events. For the first time ever, it will be LIVE and it will be from Chiswick Cheese Market. ‘Cheesewick’ is well and truly on the map! The Academy will stream live from the market all day, there are extra activities happening and more stalls than ever before.

On top of our monthly range of over 180 different artisan cheeses we have Mellis mongers bringing cheeses from the Highlands and islands, Ty Caws bringing us some of the exciting artisan Welsh cheeses and Maltby and Greek bringing us some of the better and lesser-known cheese direct from Greece.

Alongside our accoutrements of chutneys, cheeseboards and charcuterie we have cheese/yoghurt making kits this month which you might well be tempted with as we have live free cheese making demonstrations from the Queen of Cheddar, Mary Quicke herself.

Free to join demonstrations from Perry Wakeman (Affineur of the year – twice) who will tell us how to mature and store cheese and meet the real-life makers of the award winning Pevensey Blue Cheese.

Families can join in the hunt the cow trail amongst the stalls and talking cow… we would like to introduce you to Chiswick’s newest resident – the Cheesewick Cow – she’s life-size, she’s beautiful and she’ll be making her first trip to market – come along, welcome her to her new home and why not have a cheesy selfie? #cheesewick

So less than two weeks to wait for all of this but action needed NOW if you want to join in one of our three ticketed events happening on the day at the marketplace. Places are limited so check your diary and book.

Images above: Patrick McGuigan; Tastes of the Unexpected

Cheese masterclasses available to book now

Tastes of the Unexpected’ – a cheese/drink pairing masterclass. one hour, six experts vying to persuade us that their secret pleasure combination should win the trophy for the best ‘Unusual Pairing 2023’. It’s a stellar line up from the cheese and drinks industry and we will taste along with the panel and the audience will vote to find the champion. 12 noon, George IV, £35.

Book tickets: bigcheeseweekender.com/events

Flavour charged cheeseboards with Patrick McGuigan’ – a true masterclass with one of the absolute masters of cheese tasting and appreciation.

Patrick has been writing about cheese for years, he is one of the very best with pairing flavours and this event has a fun twist – the Peter’s Yard spinning Wheel which will pick the combinations tasted and Patrick will lead us on a journey about understanding and building flavours on your cheeseboard. It will be fascinating and fun – don’t miss this! One hour, George IV, 2pm, £30.

Book tickets: bigcheeseweekender.com/events

‘Around Chiswick’ with local Blue badge guide, Guy Fairbank – Interesting for locals and visitors alike, it will be a great walk discovering the local area and all of Chiswick’s history including the history of the name (yes it really used to be Cheesewick!) and was RHS’s first every orchard! 11am-12.30pm starting on Chiswick High Road. £13.09.

Book tickets: www.eventbrite.com

We can’t wait to share this exciting day with you – get it in your diary, book ahead for an event and see you on 15th!

Images above: Cornish Kern; Roi; Quickes cheddar

Lucy Cufflin is one of the organisers of the Chiswick Cheese Market, which is run by Cookbook Kitchen CIC.

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