Putting the cheese back in Cheesewick

The Cookbook Kitchen has put in an application to run a cheese market on the third Sunday of each month in Chiswick High Rd, where the Chiswick Flower Market takes place in the Old Market Place outside the police station.

Lucy Cufflin, one of the organisers, explains what they have in mind.

Chiswick is Cheesewick as was! The first records of the area now known as Chiswick date from circa 1000 and name it Ceswican – ‘Cheese Farm’ in the Old English and Duke’s Meadow was host to a cheese market up until the 18th Century.

The Cookbook Kitchen wants to return Chiswick to its former status as the centre for all things cheese. As the Cookbook Festival, which ran alongside the Chiswick Book Festival in 2018 and 2019 we dedicated ourselves to the celebration of cookbooks, cookery and Chiswick. Our 2019 festival culminated in the extremely successful and popular Street Party on Turnham Green Terrace which championed the local traders and brought visitors from far and wide to Chiswick.

Our goal with the Chiswick Cheese Market is to create a monthly destination event that would attract cheese lovers to Chiswick. The Chiswick Cheese Market will offer everything from extraordinary cheese varieties from small producers to far flung flavours to vegan cheese, cheese products and cheese paraphernalia.

As we will not be offering any street food, we’re sure that visitors to the market will take advantage of the superior shopping and dining opportunities in Chiswick. We also hope to include our local cheese shops with preferential rates.

The Chiswick Cheese Market will easily garner a lot of attention. The pandemic has hit British cheesemakers hard and Jamie Oliver and Neal’s Yard Dairy have campaigned to ‘Save British Cheese’ in response to the many producers that are threatened with closure. Further lockdown measures mean more closures. Through our festivals and Fran Warde’s – one of the founders – Kitchen Conversations (live interviews with food professionals on Instagram (#kitchenconversations) we have developed relationships with food producers. We care deeply about the industry and the problems they face and aim to help in any way we can.

We are a group of ten local women – chefs, cookbook authors and designers and proud supporters of the Felix Project. To date we have donated the profits from our festivals, supper clubs, food fairs and other events – and now the Chiswick Cheese Market – to the Felix project.

We are confident that the Chiswick Cheese Market will enhance the profile and prominence of Chiswick as a place for great food.

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