If thought of eating as much cheese as you can physically hold whilst chatting to fellow cheese lovers in a relaxed, unpretentious setting sound right up your street then book onto the next Homage2Fromage event. Nick and Vicky (fellow turophiles, the posh word for people who love cheese which is everyone right?) run monthly nights in different cities, themed around a region or variety of cheese. Eight cheeses are presented whole and tasted blind, when the Master of Cheese calls “cheese” run don’t walk to the cheese. They suggest that you cut thumb sized pieces of cheese (at least initially!). You can always go back for more, this is a marathon not a sprint people, and it stops you from ending up with a whole wedge of something that you find you later don’t like. Although the cheeses are presented with all the trimmings, including chutneys, grapes, tomatoes and crackers they recommend that you try the cheese “naked” at first. I would concur with this approach, once you have a good idea of the flavour of the cheese you can decide what you want to pair it with. The cheese slates have numbers on them and the paper plate you are given has corresponding numbers in a wheel. Try not to get so carried away with excitement that you lose track of which cheese you’re putting next to which number (as ahem I might have done). At the end you get to find out what the cheeses were and the story behind each one. At our night it was a Best of British theme, my favourite was perhaps the Char Coal cheddar, a dense fudgy cheddar blended with activated charcoal to create a dramatically dark cheese, which was a new one on me.
But this is the best part, you get to discover new cheese loves and talk to other people who are obsessed by cheese. Win win!!!
See their website for a list of upcoming events Home Page – Homage 2 Fromage
… Thank you to Vicky at North PR for the invite to this fun cheesy evening!