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What better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a cider and cheese festival? Head up to The Green Man on Alfred Place, Kingsdown this week for their inaugural celebration of two of Bristol’s favourite foodie treats… Read the rest of this entry »


After the success of the last Big Cheese Taste Off, held on the Grain Barge (write up here), we’ve been eagerly awaiting the next installment. Luckily we don’t have to wait too much longer, as The Kings Arms on Whiteladies Road will be hosting round two on Tuesday, October 19th. Read the rest of this entry »

Following the success of the tasting session held on the Grain Barge a few months back, Bristol Beer Factory have decided to host another tasting and pairing evening, this time at their brewery in Southville. Read the rest of this entry »

With cheese being bought by 98% of British households, and over 700 named cheeses produced in the UK, our love of the stuff is evident. We consume over 700,000 tonnes of cheese per year…but how are we eating it, and are we actually appreciating our local produce?

Wednesday, May 12th will see four British names coming together for The Big Cheese Taste Off. Described as “the ULTIMATE in food and drink pairing”, the evening will see the Grain Barge playing host to Bristol Beer Factory, Trethowan’s Dairy Shop, The Orchard Pig and Hallgarten Wines as they ask the question:

“What do you drink with cheese? Beer, wine or cider?”

Trethowan’s will be supplying a variety of locally produced cheeses, which have been matched to beers, wines and ciders provided by the other three companies…and they want YOU to answer the question. For only £10 per ticket, you can spend your Wednesday evening learning a little about how to match food and drink, taste some new beers, wines and ciders, and decide which works best with each of the cheeses. Bristol Beer Factory appear to have decided that it’s the beers…then again, they’re a little biased 😉

The evening is one in a series of “Taste Offs” that are apparently planned, and will be held at the Grain Barge on Hotwells Road on Wednesday, May 12th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 each on a first come, first served basis, and are available from the Grain Barge, The Bristol Beer Factory and from Orchard Pig.

I think this may have to replace my original plan of the regular quiz night next Wednesday. My prediction is that cider will most definitely get my vote… 🙂

Despite somewhat freezing weather, the area around the Glassboat Restaurant on Welshback was, for an afternoon, transformed into a buzzing, lively market full of stalls showing off some of the best artisan cheeses from local suppliers.

As I was approaching the venue, the first thing that greeted me – besides the happy bustle usually associated with any lively fair – was a pleasant and very familiar smell – cheese on toast! My imagination began to run wild as I joined dozens of others hoping to find something to please their taste buds.

Trethowan’s Dairy, Keens Cheddar, Papa Deli – all were displaying some of their best produce next to stalls from Bath Ales, Great Western Wine, Lido and Wayne the wood craftsman. There was something for everyone, from handmade ricotta (made by Lido) and Hafod, Welsh organic cheddar (Holden Farm dairy) to cheeses such as Vacherin Mont-d’Or & Picos Blue, and just about everything you could need to go with them.

The first thing that caught my eye was a small stall run by Angela Morris and Tim Homewood. They were offering a selection of handmade pickles and condiments alongside their homemade curd cheese called Old Demike (apparently named after one of the Pendle Witches).

As I headed towards Trethowan’s Dairy Shop stall, the busiest of them all, it became very clear just how enthusiastic some Bristolians are about their food. An elderly couple was in the middle of a very passionate discussion with Ben Ticehurst, one of Trethowan’s own, about their purchases. A large selection was on offer – Gorwydd Caerphilly (Trethowan’s signature creamy cheese), Dorstone & Ragstone (local goats cheeses) and Stichelton Blue.

For those looking to find something more unusual, the Papa Deli stall had organic honey, Membrillo (Quince paste), Queso Tetilla (a mild, soft cheese), Manchego (the most famous Spanish cheese), olives and countless other food items on display.

There was something for everyone. All of the cheeses on display looked absolutely irresistible and so I have to admit that I left the market with my fair share of them.
It was a wonderful afternoon out…despite the weather I had a great time browsing through the stalls and we certainly enjoyed the cheese platter that we had for dinner the following night!

A busy weekend for food and drink events in Bristol at the end of this month! On Sunday January 31st, Glassboat will be holding a cheese festival on Welsh Back as one in a series of food-related events they’re holding this winter.

The festival is running from 10am to 4pm, with a cheesy lunch at 12 on the boat itself…a lunch boasting a menu that will include such dishes as French onion soup with gruyere and macaroni cheese with Beenleigh Blue and wild mushrooms.

Down on the dockside will be heaven for cheese lovers, with a number of the West’s cheese makers – including Keens Cheddar and Trethowan Dairy – contributing to the day. As well as tasting and buying a variety of produce, you’ll be able to try your hand at making curd cheese, learn how to milk a goat, and learn how to match cheese – not just with wine, but with local beers and ciders.

Have a look at the Glassboat website for more information!

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