Grate news for cheese fans! New festival trials online tastings

If jumping around at 9am to Joe Wicks is not your thing, then we might just have found the perfect quarantine activity for you.

Say hello to The British Cheese Weekender. 

Hitting a YouTube and Facebook near you soon, a cheese festival is set to sweep the upcoming May bank holiday by storm with a flurry of online tastings and talks. 

Pooling together their expertise, the programme will be run by UK cheesemakers struggling during the Coronavirus outbreak alongside food journalist Patrick McGuigan.

The virtual festival is sure to be a hit with cheese lovers everywhere ( Credit: Camille Brobard on Unsplash)

Ahead of the launch on May 8, people are being encouraged to support these retailers by nabbing products ahead of time so they can use (or rather, eat) them during the sessions.

Patrick tweeted: “Three days of free online cheese talks, tastings, quizzes, cookery demos, dairy tours and more from the country’s top cheese experts. 

“The idea is you buy some good cheese from a cheesemaker or an indie retailer, tune into a live stream and get eating.”

In a bid to also reduce waste, purchasing items will help reduce the thousands of litres of dairy being chucked away as farmers’ animals continue to produce milk yet cheesemakers have lost all business to sell it on after restaurants closed their doors for lockdown.

The cheese festival will take place during the May bank holiday (Credit: Jez Timms on Unsplash)

The weekender will see a variety of one-hour activities, including how to create the perfect cheeseboard, how to cook with cheese, and how to match cheese with wine, beer and cider.

Catherine Mead, chair of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, said: “The future of Britain’s farmhouse and specialist cheesemakers is in the balance.

“We could see many of the country’s best cheeses lost forever as family farms and small cheesemaking businesses are pushed to the wall.

“The good news is that it’s never been easier to buy good cheese, either online or direct. The specialist cheese industry has mobilised almost overnight, often teaming up with other small food producers to get good food to people in their local areas.”

To get involved with The British Cheese Weekender, click here.