Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our idyllic autumn cheese school

On Sunday we held our second all-day cheese school this year in the romantic and atmospheric surroundings of the Barley Wood Walled Garden at Wrington.

It was held in an decorated antique tent with cheesemaking demonstrations by Tim Homewood of Homewood Cheeses in the cider barn. (We were incredibly lucky that it was so mild for the end of October and that the rain held off!)

The tent had been decorated by Toast with candles, storm lanterns, bunting and apples

We had two visiting cheesemakers, Tim Homewood and Joe Schneider who makes the legendary Stichelton as well as our resident cheesemakers Todd and Maugan Trethowan of Trethowans Dairy.

We tasted all different kinds of cheeses and had our popular beer vs wine smackdown with Bristol Beer Factory and Matt Eggens of Avery's

We put together cheeseboards and seasonal cheeseplates like this one I based on Sparkenhoe's mature Red Leicester.

Tom Herbert of Hobbs House Bakery brought along a selection of his amazing breads and even handed out cupfuls of his 76 year old (I think!) sourdough starter.

Jack and Matt of The Ethicurean who run the cafe at the venue cooked a lovely lunch of beetroot and curd soup, Old Demdike (sheeps cheese) and pear salad with leaves from the vegetable garden and a gorgeous sticky toffee apple cake about which I've raved already.

And Jack and Peter Snowman of the Bristol Cider shop talked to us about apples and cider and cheese.

I also bought the most beautiful wooden cheeseboard which would make a lovely Christmas present. If you want one like it email wayneyedgeATyahooDOTcoDOTuk (he'll have a website soon)

A special day. All credit to Jess Trethowan and Cathy Gremin the heroic organisers of the event.

The next Cheese School is a special candlelit evening of cheese (and wine and beer, of course) in the beautiful medieval setting of St Thomas the Martyr church, Bristol on December 15th.


eat pictures said...

All looks and sounds absolutely wonderful.
Now even more sorry to have missed this one.
Counting the days to the next.

Kavey said...

Oh what a day... looks fabulous and some amazing producers participating.

I have a son of Tom Herbert's sourdough starter too, I have named mine Levi the Levain. I had thought the original one 52 or 53 but might be wrong, maybe he was 76!


Nicoletta said...

OMG!!!!! I would have loved to be there so much!!!!!
What a great day eh?

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Fiona Beckett said...

Glad you all like the look of it!

Never got round to naming my starter even when I had one, Kavey. Maybe that's why it eventually bit the dust