Chiswick Cheese Market, Sunday 20 November

Images above: Sinodun cheese from Norton and Yarrow and Berkswell cheese

Guest blog by Lucy Cufflin

Calling all cheese lovers ……….

Boy oh boy we have some fantastic cheeses at this month’s market.

Did you know the annual World Cheese Awards took place a couple of weeks ago? And we have many Super Gold and Gold winners at this Sunday’s market.

Gorwydd Caerphilly won a Super Gold award and is brought to us by Roi with the Gold winning Pitchfork Cheddar – both made by Trethowan Brothers.

James at no2 Pound St will be bringing Sinodun – another Super Gold winner –  fabulous goats’ milk cheese from Norton and Yarrow  – delicate, rich, smooth and complex. He’s also bringing Stilchelton which I have mention is raw milk version of Stilton so perfect for Christmas.

Our dear friends at Heritage Cheese will be bringing no fewer than four gold winners – Cropwell Bishop’s stilton, Shropshire blue and Beauvale PLUS a truly fabulous sheep’s cheese – Berkswell.

But medals aside, we have new producers at the market, Gary and Rachael from their Northampton deli – Hamm Tun Fines. Gary had made cheese as a hobby but spent redundancy money on a professional cheese making course and has not looked back. They are bringing their exciting Northamptonshire cheese – Cobbler’s nibble amongst others –   can’t wait to try this one!

Image above: Gary and Rachel outside their Northamptonshire deli

Something new at the market – some warm cheese for you to enjoy on what we think will be a blustery autumn day – we are joined for the first time by ‘Grate and Grill’ with their specially selected four cheese mix, melted between slices of artisan sourdough (I’m not sure if it’s a closely guarded secret but I’m going to let you know anyway – their mix is mozzarella, Gruyere, cheddar and red Leicester) they say the research for the perfect blend took a long time and a lot of tasting but you’ll just have to try it and make your own mind up about that!

The Halloumi Press is back with grilled halloumi and our lovely stall Gastronomica will have some baby ciabatta rolls with fresh burrata – so something to try while you are perusing the stalls. Want a sit down?  well head to Devonshire Road where Tamp are serving ‘The Cheese Toastie’ – I’ve tried this and it is very very good!

We welcome ‘The Upper Room’ to the market this month – a fantastic local charity we support with funds created by running the Chiswick Cheese Market – they work tirelessly to support rough sleepers with not only meals but clothing, hygiene items, haircuts, chiropody, education, careers and anything and everything they can possibly offer to get people back on their feet.

They will have a stall selling some beautiful Christmas decorations to raise much needed funds. If you want to offer immediate help them bring along any of the following and they will put it to good use …….. they desperately need for guests – socks, underwear, rucksacks, sleeping bags, deodorant, shampoo (I know I have a couple of old rucksacks at home that I could easily clear out!) and for their kitchen ….. cooking oil, foil, toilet paper, kitchen towels – got any spare?

Give yourself a feel good shopping trip this Sunday – bring something along they need before you stock up with the cheese you love!

You can also support Bread winners – a lovely artisan bread stall who provides employment for refugees as a stepping stone into our communities – the bread is fab and they always sellwith a very large smile!

Image above: Comté cheese

Now, onto something fun and serious happening this month at the market – we’re holding a Comté tasting with Roberto from @thefrenchcomte. Join us for free on HQ and taste four differently aged Comté cheeses, learn about where it is made and then have your say  – vote for your favourite! Roberto will have a ‘mountain’ of Comté cheese available so if you are lover of French Alpine cheese or someone who has never tried it, this is a chance to try the best – don’t miss out!

I don’t like to bring the big ‘C’ word into the conversation when it is only mid November BUT all of our lovely traders at the Chiswick Cheese Market welcome orders for ‘the big day’ and our Christmas cheese market is the 18th December – so come along this month, taste, pick, choose and order and you can collect direct from them on the 18th and enjoy mulled wine and carols.

See you on Sunday – don’t forget a little something for The Upper Room!