Following on from its sold-out festival in November, the London Cheese Project returns to Hoxton from 26th – 28th May with its biggest ever celebration of all things cheese. Over thirty British cheesemakers and mongers, artisan producers and street food traders will set up camp in the beautiful grounds of the Geffrye Museum, hosting free talks, demos and plentiful tastings across the bank holiday weekend.
The London Cheese Project was set up in 2017 by Cheese Truck founder Mathew Carver, Gringa Dairy owner and cheesemaker Kristen Schnepp, and journalist Patrick McGuigan, with the mission of showcasing and celebrating the diversity and creativity of the British cheese industry.
Cheese lovers will be able to delve into the dynamic world of British and Continental cheeses in the live demo tent, sponsored by Peter’s Yard. Learn about the raw milk revolution with Suffolk brie producer Fen Farm Dairy; taste cheese like a professional with the Academy of Cheese; or discover the art of maturing cheddar with Quickes, who make farmhouse cloth-bound cheese in Devon. A series of ticketed masterclasses on topics such as cheese and beer matching and creating the perfect cheeseboard, will also be delivered by World Cheese Awards judge Patrick McGuigan.
Guests will also be able to tuck into limited edition cheeses and one-off street food specials, developed especially for the festival. Paxton & Whitfield, England’s oldest cheese shop, have created an exclusive decadent triple cream Wild Garlic Brillat-Savarin, while Blackwoods Cheese Co will sell a brandy-washed version of its award-winning soft cheese Edmund Tew.
The unrivalled line up of traders also includes Mike’s Fancy Cheese, makers of Northern Ireland’s first raw milk blue cheese and Sussex-based cheesemaker Alsop & Walker, which has teamed up with London cheesemonger Buchanans to create a new Boozy Blue.
There will be plenty on offer for those who prefer their cheese melted. The London Cheese Project has invited some of the city’s best-loved street food traders including: the Cheese Truck, dishing up grilled cheese sandwiches from their signature yellow ice cream van; Motherflipper, serving a special cheese burger for the festival; and Elote, bringing the flavours of Mexico to Hoxton with their signature eloté de callejeros – juicy chargrilled corn with Queso Cotija, made by Gringa Dairy in Peckham.
Continuing the festival atmosphere, Les Caves De Pyrene and Fourpure will be pouring natural wines and craft ales, accompanied by live music throughout the evening.
“The UK is experiencing a cheese renaissance. Both new and long established-cheesemakers and mongers are taking cheese in an exciting, new direction and we’re looking forward to returning to the Geffrye with our most incredible line-up of producers yet,” said Kristen Schnepp. Co-founder Mathew Carver continued, “It’s always exciting to connect London’s cheese-lovers with fantastic producers and for people to see how their favourite cheeses get made, bringing the best in the industry together for London’s true celebration of cheese.”
Tickets cost £5 + booking fee, and can be purchased via: www.thecheeseproject.com