Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 June 2021

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

‘Say cheese!’ I know you’re smiling as you say it and so are we… we have recharged our inner batteries, sourced even more Artisan cheeses for your delectation and delight, and stand ready to open the gate for the second Chiswick Cheese Market this Sunday, 20 June – this time at the earlier time of 9.30am. It’s also Father’s Day and I can’t imagine a better gift than bringing your lovely Dad along to the market and treating him to something really special!

Lots of the faces you will have seen before but we’re excited to welcome the multi-award winning White Lake Dairy from Somerset. With a long history of cheesemaking they were at the forefront of goat and sheep’s’ cheese making in the UK. Their English Pecorino won Bath and West Supreme cheese champion award in 2019 and is definitely something to try. Plus, their Naked Rachael Reserva won Silver at the World cheese award in 2020 – this is an aged Alpine style Goat’s cheese with rich complex flavours. Fan of Alpine Tomme cheeses?- then this is a ‘must’ for you.

The lovely Sara Ward, from locally based Hen Corner, is bringing local honey (a must drizzled over any good salty blue cheese) and her best batch marmalade (as Jenny Linford told us in her recent podcast – marmalade and Manchego – a match made in heaven). She is also bringing a few loaves of her own sourdough baked freshly on Sunday morning so don’t miss out on that.

I J Mellis who brought us their speciality cheeses from the Highlands and Islands last time are adding a few of their ‘small producer’ Spanish cheeses. So, why not try Sara’s marmalade with their Manchego Inesta.

And who was lucky enough to buy their Sir Lancelot cheese last time? I was! And it’s on my list for a second purchase so if you want to try this exceptional Scottish, seasonally made, Ewe’s milk cheese come along early.

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull

Our other regular stall holders have some truly exciting cheeses on their wagons for this market and it’s just all so exciting

Drunk Cheese are bringing ‘The Dolomiti’: a medium hard blue cheese that is soaked in Dolomiti beer and malt. Really? I mean – well – sounds like the perfect Father’s Day gift to me.

Big Wheel Cheese have something that is in short supply and many of the London mongers can’t get their hands on it – Pevensey Blue. This is a soft, creamy blue cheese made from milk from an organic herd that grazes on Wildlife Trust marshland on the Pevensey levels. Rare and utterly worth a trip to the Cheese Market. Along with this rare offering Fay, at Big Wheel, is also bringing eight different cheeses from The Sussex Golden Triangle.

Remember the Parmesan lady from the last market? – well, lovely Ewa from Emilia Ltd is, of course, again bringing the fabulous Red Cow Parmesan, but is also treating us to some very special balsamic vinegar from the same region – so a perfect partner for this perfect Parmesan.

Our jolly, fun and very French duo at Une Normande a Londres will be with us again. Included in their selection of utterly mouth-watering French cheeses is a Langres – small cheeses washed in Marc de Bourgogne (local Brandy to that region) – this cheese has is pungent but with a creamy texture – yum.

Peter at Truckle Cheese has a special for Father’s Day – spend £15 and get either a free 150g cheese or a jar of their special Pear and Vanilla chutney. What’s not to like?

Image above: Chsiwick Cheese Market, May 2021; photograph David Insull

The French Comte will be bringing their wonderful large wheels of Comte and other mountain cheeses but what about trying this unusual cheese? – Cancoillotte is a runny cheese which definitely requires a serious bread accompaniment (unless you enjoy licking your fingers) and is made from fermented whey, melted with a bit of water and a small amount of butter. So, if you’re lucky enough to get to the Market in time for one of Sara’s loaves I think they are made for each other (but Planet organic will be selling their wonderful artisan breads outside their shop too).

JG Boards will be with us again so if you missed making a purchase the first time round you’ll get a second shot at it this weekend. But we have a new board-maker joining us this month. Now, I’m a Leicester girl so am thrilled to introduce you to Bradgate woodcrafts….. from my neck of the woods (pun intended). Andy Elphick lovingly handcrafts each piece and most products are made from windfalls, storm damaged trees or recycled or reclaimed wood – no two products are the same so come along and take a look at these unique wooden boards.

Heritage Cheese will be bringing their selection of Irish and English cheeses again (don’t miss Cropwell Bishop Beauvale – a Gorgonzola-style blue made by this long established Stilton creamery) and our almost-local Marlow cheese will be bringing along their fabulous cheeses – don’t miss their outstanding butter, freshly made with unpasteurised Guernsey breed milk.

Apart from our fabulous stall holders, our local ‘Bricks and Mortar’ are getting on the ‘cheese board’:  Urban Pantry has a new market special – a handmade burrata on toasted sourdough with heritage cherry tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, pickled walnuts, basil oil, aged balsamic, radicchio salad – book ahead so as to not miss out on this treat!

Our lovely friends at The Good Wine Shop are extending their amazing 15% off all purchases for Market visitors.  Take your cheese purchase along and they will help you match wines plus you get 15% off everything on Market Day.  Pick up a voucher at the market.

The Cheesewick burger

Honest Burger have been busy collaborating with High Weald Dairy and the lovely, local Ealing Relish company.  They are launching ‘The Cheesewick’ burger on their menu  –

Here’s what Honest have to say…….

Over 5,500 people turned up for the first market… Working with the Chiswick Cheese Market founders, our new Chiswick restaurateur Alessandro Ammirata tasted many great cheeses and settled on a combination of two cheeses from High Weald Dairy in Sussex and matched them with a sharp, handmade Smoky Tomato Relish from The Ealing Relish Company nearby. Our assistant manager Loredana Micali added salty, crisp pancetta and the ‘Cheeswick’ local special was born. 

So – we’ll be on the High Road waiting for you to join us on Sunday – see you there fellow cheeselovers!

Lucy

Lucy Cufflin is one of the Cookbook Kitchen team of local women behind the Chiswick Cheese Market, who run it as volunteers

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