A Turophile’s Heaven – Britain’s Rarest Cheeses on Show

The UK’s Largest Cheese Fair: 60+ cheesemakers – 300 cheeses!

29-30 April 2017 (10am - 4pm)
Livestock Market, Melton Mowbray. Leicestershire LE13 1JY

With around 65 cheesemakers due to attend Melton Mowbray’s Artisan Cheese Fair from 29-30 April, there’s a lot for cheese lovers - called ‘Turophiles’ - to look forward to.

Only the smaller artisan cheese makers are allowed to attend the event with producers coming from afar as Cornwall, the West of Ireland, the East of England and Dumfries in Scotland. Many of them produce the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses – most not often found on the local cheese counter.

There are nine traditional territorial or regional cheeses in Britain and most will be on sale and to taste at the Fair including real Cheddar produced in its home county of Somerset from Keen’s and Montgomery, Single Gloucester from Godsells, Cheshire from Bournes, Caerphilly from Caws Cenarth, Lancashire from Kirkhams and of course, Farmhouse Red Leicester from Sparkenhoe.

There will also be lots of Stilton from the local dairies as Melton Mowbray is, after all, the home of Stilton Cheese. Two other Leicestershire cheeses - Colwick and Rutland Slipcote - will also be available from Belvoir Ridge Dairy at the Fair.

A number of British cheesemakers have turned to the continental style - Canterbury cheesemakers produce Camembert and Brie style cheeses, Cosyn Cymru make a Spanish style Manchego, Savoyard, an alpine style cheese is available from the Old Cheese Room and Mozzarella by Kedar from Dumfries. There will be lots of Blue cheese to be had, besides Stilton.

And it’s not all cow’s milk cheese. Sheep’s and goat’s milk cheeses are becoming very popular, particularly amongst those who are sensitive to cow’s milk. Some of Britain’s most famous cheeses started life as sheep’s cheese such as Wensleydale - a blue sheep’s cheese made by the local monks before the Reformation.

All in all, some 300 cheeses will be on show to taste and buy at this, the UK’s largest cheese fair. And it’s not all cheese; there will be some of the pork pies for which Melton Mowbray is famous, as well as cider, cakes, beer, chocolate, wine, charcuterie, etc.

There is also a full programme of talks, tastings and demonstrations, and entertainment from a ukulele band, Morris dancers and local gospel choir, EAGA, runner up in the ‘Gareth’s Best Choir’ TV series. Last year 9,200 visitors attended and more are expected this year so bring plenty of cash and some large bags!