Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 18 July 2021

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market, June 2021; photograph David Insull

Guest blog by Donna Freed

As of this writing, the forecast for next Sunday, 18 July does not include rain! Third time lucky for the Cheese Market!

However, a little rain hasn’t dampened our spirits or our passion for cheese.

We were pleased that the tremendous effort we have made to curate the market was immediately apparent to Ned Palmer, author of A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles, who was impressed with the array of cheeses on offer. Once again there will be over 90 different cheeses to buy with some outstanding newcomers.

Ta da! We have our very first cheese inspired by the market! Cheesewick will have its debut at Sunday’s market. Marlow Cheese have collaborated with Thee Olive Tree (who also bring the La Latteria cheeses) to make Cheesewick, a truffled brie made in Buckinghamshire. We cannot wait to try it. We’re also hoping that they bring more of their one day-old butter.

Organic farmers Feltham’s Farms, winners of the Virtual Cheese Awards 2021 – both Best British Cheese and Best Specialty Cheese – are coming to the market. We welcome them with open arms and will be scooping up the award-winning La Fresca Margarita, a ‘queso fresco’ cheese made with pasteurised cow’s milk as well as their Renegade Monk and Rebel Nun.

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market, June 2021; photograph David Insull

Images above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, June 2021; photographs David Insull

Our cup runneth over this month because also new to the market is Roi The Cheesemonger. We are delighted that Roi will be bringing gorgeous Spanish produce from Bridisa and the Trethowan Brothers cheeses. The Trethowan Brothers pitchfork cheddar, an organic extra mature cheddar (made only 5 miles from cheddar itself) was voted 4th best overall in the world! Also of great interest is their Gorwydd Caerphilly.

Also new to the market are Everything But The Cheese, a joint venture from market organisers Lucy Cufflin and Jules Kane. These ladies take their cheese and accoutrements very seriously and are cooking up batches of Plumbrillo, locally sourced pear and rhubarbrillo, Sweet walnut & fig bread and W4 ‘pan de higo’ again made from ingredients found in the local Iranian shops. They will also be selling Isle of Wight tomatoes to brighten up your cheese board.

A very warm welcome back to Cradocs who have also collaborated with Marlow Cheese to develop a bespoke cracker. Beautiful crackers made in Powys, Wales in gorgeous packaging.

Max and his merry band of cheesemongers return with Drunk Cheese, their usual selection of drunken cheeses along with some more traditional cheeses: stracchino, percorino sardo with truffle, toma with chilli and their market special, Robiola alla Birra – a cow’s milk cheese that is refined with dark side beer, a smoked porter from northern Italy.

Big Wheel Cheese is back and better than ever with six different cheeses from the Sussex Golden Triangle. Fay will be bringing wheels of mayfield, a creamy and complex Emmental style cheese as well as golden Cross, a log shaped goat’s milk cheese from Allsop & Walker. Thank goodness she will also be armed with the popular and delicious pevensey blue from the Pevensey Cheese Company – a sellout the last time!

If you have not tried the red cow parmesan from Emilia LTD, you have not tasted parmesan at its finest. Ewa will also be bringing gorgeous balsamic vinegar which pairs perfectly with parmesan.

Images above: shelved cheeses, blue pevensey cheese from Pevensey Cheese Company, cheese boards for sale; photographs by Abigail Pitcher 

Locals The Italians will be selling their buffalo mozzarella and pecorino sardo.

Also from the area, Ealing Relish Company – who have teamed up with Honest Burger – will be offering the featured smoky tomato relish among others. We can highly recommend The Cheesewick Burger – smoky, burgery goodness!

Park Royal-based Thee Olive Tree will be bringing mozzarella, burrata and smoked mozzarella pearls from La Latteria as well as a cornucopia of antipasti – finally, it feels like summer!

Thank God for Godminster – we are addicted to their smoked cheddar – who will be bringing their Virtual Cheese Awards 2021 Gold Winner: black truffle organic cheddar and vintage organic cheddar – picnic perfect.

Boards aplenty – gorgeous cheeses are best enjoyed from a finely-crafted cheeseboard. Enter Bradgate Woodcraft with their British hardwood boards made from wind-fallen or storm-damaged trees, recycled and reclaimed woods.

Palace Culture‘s nut-based, vegan cheeses have captivated customers, vegan or not. Their sacré bleu is new to the market, a creamy cheese with roquefort flavours. Look out for the Mouldy Goaty, an aged, cashew-based semi soft cheese.

The lines were long at both The Olive Bar and The French Comté. The Olive Bar will be purveying their signature fermented feta along with their other antipasti and saucisson. The French Comté is featuring cheeses from the Auvergne region which is blessed by mountain storms and summer sun. Ask for the well-ripened cantal and the livarot AOP, a pungent and earthy cheese.

It is easy being cheesy in Chiswick!

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See also: Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 June 2021

See also: Chiswick Book Festival 9 – 15 September 2021

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