At this time of great uncertainty, lots of us are finding comfort in food.
The good news is that foodie events that were due to run this year have instead moved their offerings online – and there’s a new one landing next month.
Virtual cheese festival – The British Cheese Weekender – will run over the first May Bank Holiday (from 8 May 10th May).
The three-day event is set to offer all kinds of activities for people to try at home, from free online tastings to talks on how to create the perfect cheeseboard and how to match cheese with wine, beer and cider.
Experts in all things cheese will run these workshops on YouTube and Facebook – each session will be up to an hour long and participants will be able to ask their own cheesy questions.
The idea is that people will buy cheese in advance and sign up for their chosen masterclass, to eat and listen to the professionals.
The event has been organised by The Specialist Cheesemakers Association, Academy of Cheese (yes, that’s a real organisation) the Guild of Fine Food and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan.
It’s for an amazing cause, too, as Britain’s specialist cheesemakers and retailers will join forces to support smaller cheesemakers who are struggling at the moment, due to coronavirus.
Currently, farmhouse and artisan cheesemakers are being forced to throw away thousands of litres of milk and give away cheese for free. Some lost up to 90% of their business overnight when restaurants were forced to close last month.
Organisers of the festival are therefore encouraging people to ‘buy good cheese from small cheesemakers and independent retailers.’
Cheesemaker 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 for ever as family farms and small cheesemaking businesses are pushed to the wall.’
More details on the masterclasses and how to access them will be revealed on the website in due course – so keep checking back.
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