Christmas is coming – get the cheese ready! Sunday 19 December

Guest Blog by Donna Freed

The December Chiswick Cheese Market will be amped up for Christmas this Sunday, 19 December. Think a Christmas market – gifts, the waft of pine, warming wassail wine – with a cheesy flair!

At the Chiswick Cheese Market headquarters we will be giving away a cup of hot, mulled cheer. Also at our stall you will find work from two local artists.

National food treasure Elisabeth Luard’s cheese and food themed watercolours (£15-£18 unframed) were included in the ‘great gifts’ list in November’s Observer Food Monthly.

Celia Pickering is a local artist and art teacher whose rich and colourful, cheese inspired works on cotton paper will be available both framed and unframed.

Image above: Stilton by Elizabeth Luard

Last few tickets for top tasting!

Robin Skailes of the historic Cropwell Bishop Creamery – who have been making Stilton and blue cheese in the traditional way for three generations – will guide you through his award-winning, signature cheeses.

Enrico Messaro of Heritage Cheese, sponsor of the tasting, is known as the King of Cheese but hails Robin Skailes as the God of Cheese! Robin will be bringing his heavenly Cropwell Bishop Blue Stilton, Beauvale and Blue Shropshire to the generous tasting.  

Tickets are £8, 12-1 PM 19th December at The Crown, Chiswick. Tickets available on Eventbrite here.

Images above: paintings by Celia Pickering

Crazy for Kimchi!

We are proud and honoured to be able to welcome Love Fermented to the market. They fit our bill in every way – an entirely home-made and local, cheese-friendly product that is outstanding on its own and is a marriage made in heaven with cheese.

The Kimchi toastie will be the must-eat dish of 2022. Get in early and start making your own gut-friendly toasties with the Good Food awarded kimchi! 

The kimchis and pickles are unpasteurised and naturally fermented for jars jam-packed with live, gut-friendly bacteria, proven to promote gut health and boost immunity. From their Pineapple Kimchi, Kick Ass Kimchi to the Beautiful Beetroot, they bring added zest, zip and gut goodness to any dish. 

Chloe’s Cheese Club is back and she will be offering this month’s rare and wonderful finds. Among her cheeses will be a 1780 Aged Reserve Blue (Tuxford and Tebbutt), a Rougette Bavarain Red Amber Mist and a Crotin St Ella Truffle Brie. A monthly subscription to the club is a perfect gift for the cheese-lover in your life.

The Olive Bar is your first and last stop for Chirstmas nibbles by the tree while the turkey is roasting away. You’d be welcome anywhere you turned up with Olive Bar tubs under your arm.

Any serious cheese lover needs a cheese board and we are lucky enough to have two purveyors of beautiful cheese boards and cutting boards Bradgate Woodwork and Kin Boards. Room and Roots also sell a selection of vintage bread and cheese boards.

All our regular traders are back and will be offering their regular wares alongside phenomenal gift ideas already packaged for you. Look for the hampers and boxes from Bianca Mora pairing their superb Red Cow parmesan with balsamic vinegar – a dreamy pairing, La Latteria have prepared Nonna-approved Italian goodies, 2 Pound Street and Marlow Cheese will also have a variety of hampers.

Making its market debut, Feltham’s Farm has created a beautiful bloomy white-rinded cheese from Somerset just in time for Christmas 2021. It is not a camembert or a brie but it is in that creamy and luxurious style.

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