There are few things in life greater than a cheeseboard. That – unless you are lactose intolerant, vegan, or wrong – is just a fact of life. Cheese choice is abundance is what the people have called for and this is exactly what they will receive next weekend.
On 4th and 5th November, the grounds of the Geffrye Musuem will be transformed into a celebration of all things cheese, as The Cheese Truck founder Mathew Carver and the London Cheese Project team return for their second instalment. Following May’s sold-out, first edition of the festival, which saw thousands descend upon Camden Market, Hoxton’s Geffrye Museum will play host to the next chapter of London’s cheese revolution and will showcase 15 cheesemakers/mongers alongside five cheesy street food traders.
Setting up at their new East London home, November’s two-day festival will shine a light on the new generation of young, passionate producers, retailers and street food operators that are breathing new life into the industry. Visitors will get the chance to meet and buy directly from cheesemakers and mongers such as Gringa Dairy and Cannon & Cannon, sample some of the best from street food from The Cheese Truck and Raclette Bros (see a full list below). The London Cheese Project have also teamed up with Peter’s Yard, purveyors of the finest in cheese biscuits, for expert talks and tastings focusing on British New-Wave Cheeses and the Raw Milk Revolution.
Elsewhere over the weekend, festival goers can quench their thirst with the best in craft beer from the capital, “cheesey cocktails” and wine; enjoy live music and be part in fromage-related firsts – a Parmesan v. Cheddar “crack off”, with two cheesemongers going head-to-head, and the opening of a specially imported, 70kg Emmental from Paxton & Whitfield – the UK’s oldest cheesemonger.
Co-founder, Mathew Carver says,
“There’s a new wave of young cheesemakers and mongers who are taking cheese in really exciting new directions and we want to celebrate what they’re doing.”
Co-founder, Pat McGuigan adds,
“There’s a huge appetite among the public to eat better cheese and learn more about issues such as raw milk, craft skills and how geography and tradition influence flavour and quality. The aim of the London Cheese Project is to bring all these elements together in one place.”
The London Cheese Project Festival takes place on Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th November, 11am – 8pm, Geffrye Museum, Hoxton. Get your tickets for £4.84 here.
Full list of Cheese-sters and their wares:
- Westcombe, Cheddar
- Quickes, Cheddar
- Nettlebed, Soft and Gruyere
- Bath, Soft Cheese, Gouda, and Blue
- La Latteria, Mozzarella
- Wildes, a huge range
- Gringa, Mexican range
- Blackwoods, Feta and Lactic style
- Cannon & Cannon, Cured Meats
- Cheeses of Muswell Hill Cheesemongers
- Buchanans’s Cheesemongers
- Paxton & Whitfield Cheesemonger
- Mac Factory, Mac n’ Cheese
- Oli Babas, Halloumi Fries
- Raclette Bros
- The Cheese Truck, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Fine Cheese Company Cheesemonger
- Holly Chaves, Baked Camemebert
- Cheese Makers of Canterbury
- Jumi cheese