The Artisan Cheese Fair, Melton Mowbray 4-5 May
The UK’s largest cheese fair will return for its ninth year when the Artisan Cheese Fair takes place in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire from 4-5 May 2019.
Over 60 cheesemakers and producers are expected to attend, showcasing over 300 of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses to taste and buy – most not often found on the local cheese counter. Many of the winners and entrants from this year’s national Artisan Cheese Awards – to be held on 25 April 2019 – will be present at the Cheese Fair.
The Artisan Cheese Fair will be held from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday 4-5 May 2019 at the Livestock Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1JY.
The Cheese Fair is focused on smaller artisan cheese makers with producers coming from all over the British Isles – last year saw a strong contingent from Ireland attend the Fair. As well as cheese, there will also be traditional Melton Mowbray pork pies, cider, cakes, beer, chocolate, wine, charcuterie, and much more.
There is also a full programme of demonstrations and workshops including how to make your own cheese and for the kids, butter making. In the theatre a chef/cheesemonger will demonstrate a recipe with cheese and a cheese retailer will show you how to taste cheese with samples. There will also be the usual tastings sessions of cheese with wine, Irish cheeses, goats and sheep’s cheese, etc.
An award-winning gospel choir and other musicians will provide entertainment with a variety of street food for those who get hungry during the Festival. Children 16 and under enter free of charge.
Further information and tickets are available online from www.goleicestershire.com/events/artisan-cheese-fair.aspx or from Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe in Melton Mowbray and the Visit Leicester Centre. Admission is £5 (£4 in advance), with children under 16 free. Group rates are available on request from email@example.com
Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Food Partnership and organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair has grown in size each year and we now have more exhibitors than any other cheese festival in the country. It’s become a real highlight of the food events calendar and with so many artisan producers under one roof, it’s a rare opportunity to taste, sample and buy the best cheeses available in the UK which is why many of the UK’s leading cheese retailers attend the fair.”