Last week we went to the Melton Mowbray Cheese Fair, or more correctly, the 8th Artisan Cheese Fair. It is held in the Melton Mowbray Livestock Market, Melton Mowbray.
My daughter loves cheese but I am not the ‘cheesy’ type (pun intended). I eat cheese when it is on the pizza or in some sauce, or nachos. I do eat baked brie, though. I am not one who likes strong cheese or goats’ cheese. So I prefer ordinary cheese like cheddar, edam, Lancashire, and other mild cheese.
We leave early on Sunday morning and the drive to Melton Mowbray is nice, with clear blue sky. The place is very easy to find. We park at the car-pack which is a short walking distance from the exhibition area – the famous Melton Mowbray Live Stock Market.
There is an entrance fee of £5 each. The exhibitors start at the entrance. Further in, we walk to the main area and there are 7 exhibitor halls and a catering area as well as a cheese theatre where there are sessions on cheese tasting, history of cheese and sessions on how to make your own cheese. There are also Tutored Tastings Programmes, workshops and entertainment as well.
The place is busy, packed with cheese lovers and food lovers. The exhibition has exhibitors and stalls on all sort of artisan food- bakery, gin, cider, perry, chocolate, coffee, ice-cream, chilli sauce, pies, wines and lots more. There is a good variety of food for lunch and snacks.
I also take this opportunity to do some photo taking to practice my new skill that I picked up in the photography course. The place is bustling with people.
There are 60 or so Cheese makers and around 65 other exhibitors featuring food, wine, jams, chilli sauce, pies and all sorts of food. There are about 14 or so caterers offering various types of food ranging from pies, pizza, vegetarian, drinks, ethnic food, etc.
There is also entertainment.
In the whole the fair is a great place to find out more about cheese and the opportunity to sample them. It is also an opportunity for local producers of all sorts to show case their produce. We enjoy ourselves very much. We bought loads of cheese and I bought a bottle of Ederflower Presse, considering that I don’t drink. Well, maybe once or twice in a few years!
Here are some photos of the exhibitors. I am trying my best to put the right name to the right photos. If you spot a mistake, please do not hesitate to contact me so that I can correct any mistakes.
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Here are some of the websites of the stalls that I visited.
Please excuse the Url that comes in weird layout.
http://gopsalfresh.org.uk (not authorized to view this page)
FB: The Marshmallow Kitchen
I hope you enjoy my post. I hope to attend more fairs in the summer.
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