Christmas Cheese Market, Sunday 18 December

Image above: Chiswick Cheese Market; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Guest blog by Abigail Pitcher

Our final fling for 2022 is full to the brim of festive cheer and a humongous amount of cheese!

First up, the festive cheer. It’s a musical double this week with a carol-singing choir between 11am and 1pm, followed by festive tunes from some talented musicians from 1pm-3pm.

Bring the kids and get them hunting for our cheesy elves hidden amongst the stalls. Prizes of chocolate coins for all those who find them all!

Christmas gift alert – Jo Pratt is signing her cookbooks with us all day on Cheesewick HQ.

And come say hi to Sam’s Larder – Mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate – with £1 from each cup of mulled wine sold going to The Upper Room charity. All donations make a difference but never more so than at this time of year.

The cheese! It’s the season for stilton and we have both the cheeses of the key makers on the market – Cropwell Bishop on Heritage Cheese and Colston Bassett on Big Wheel – buy a slice of each and see how they compare.

And if you’re really keen (like us) then go and see James at No. 2 Pound Street because he has Stichelton – the original Stilton recipe cheese made from raw cow’s milk. It’s a menage a trois bleu in the making.

Speaking of recipes – check out our website for two great canapés using stilton by our very own Lucy Cufflin – both from her book – Lucy’s Food.

A lot of the traders will be bringing special gift packs for Christmas, so if you’re still looking for ideas for foodie family or friends then this is the place to come.

Joining us with their cheese are:

  • Gary the cheesemaker and owner of Hamm Tun Fine Foods with his Northampton blue cheeses.
  • The delicious Italian cheeses and charcuterie from Gastronomica.
  • Red Cow Parmesan cheese from Bianca Mora.
  • French Comté – the full selection of French cheese and Mont d’Or.
  • Big Wheel – a selection of cheese from Sussex and stilton.
  • 2 Pound Street will have their raclette machine again to serve melted Ogleshield with pickles for you to eat whilst your wander. Plus a selection of key cheeses for your Christmas cheeseboard.
  • Drunk Cheese with their unique Italian cheeses matured in different wines and alcohols.
  • Heritage Cheese are the people to talk to for key English and Irish cheeses.
  • Marlow Cheese – handmade cheeses from jersey cows’ milk made in Marlow.
  • Dispensamor – Italian cheese selection.
  • Roi with the multi-award-winning Trethowan Brothers Gorwydd Caerphilly and Pitchfork Cheddar.
  • Nut Knowle goat’s cheese from Sussex – these are so good!
  • Bath Soft Cheese – organic cheese made in Bath
  • La Latteria – locally made mozzarella and Burrata (as seen on Stanley Tucci’s Italy programme)
  • Palace Culture – dairy free cheese – cleverly made with cashew milk and utterly delicious.
  • The Halloumi Press – hot Cyprus halloumi rolls
  • Somerset Cheese Company range of cow, sheep and goat’s hard cheeses
  • Cheese on the Wey – small-batch cheese lovingly made in Hampshire
  • Deli at Number 5 with Oxford Cheese Co and Padstow Cheese Co. selection
  • Grate & Grill – hot cheese toasties! Hurrah!

And not forgetting our cheesy accoutrements in the form of micro-bakery Daly Bread and The Bread Lady;  Love Fermented kimchis and krauts; Bean’s World very special balsamic vinegars; local chutney makers Ealing Relish and Kentish Town Jam; kitchenalia from Room & Roots; olives, nuts and charcuterie from The Olive Bar; honey and olive oil from Paulo;  Wood & Leg Smokery and their smoked meats, cheese and specially for Christmas, hot smoked salmon; Bray Cured handmade cured meats from Berkshire; plus, the brilliant Bradgate Woodcraft with their wonderful wooden cheese boards and cheese knives, and not forgetting those cute wooden mice!

See you on Sunday 18 December! The Christmas Cheese Market will be open from 9.30am – 3.00pm

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