Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Cheese and Wine Festival in London

Happy Mid Week all

Yum Yum the Cheese and Wine festival is hitting London!!  Whoop whoop.

I am sure that you will join me in heading off to go and check it out and see if you can tell your Cabernet Sauvignons from your Pinot's...

I hope you enjoy it!


Miss Jones

Cheese and Wine Festival

Southbank Centre Square, Oct 11-13

Enjoy gooey Brie, sharp Cheddar and piquant Pecorino at this smörgås-(cheese)-bord from across the globe. There will be cheese cooking demonstrations, adventurous cheese-and-booze pairings such as cheese and cider and cheese and Champagne, and wine-based performances, including Aussie trio The Songeliers who will make a song and dance of the wine-tasting ritual with an interactive cabaret act. There's even a cheese quiz for true turophiles.

Southbank Centre Square, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, 11am-8pm (6pm on Sunday),


Old Spitalfields Market

Staff here are happy to discuss your tastes to help you create a cheeseboard to suit your palate. The Camembert au Calvados, made in house, has a rich and appley flavour. Order it with a side of caramelised walnuts with honey and thyme and a glass of Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay — bliss.

Androuet, Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1 6BG,


140 Fetter Lane

28°-50° is a small chain of three wine bars across central London but the Fetter Lane branch has the greatest cheese selection. The cheeseboard is quite conventional, but it does contain unusual twists on the classics, such as smooth and nutty Fiori dei Langhe, slightly spicy Petit Munster and the Roquefort-like Bleu Des Causses. There's also a decent wine list with an exciting Madeira section.

28°-50°, 140 Fetter Lane, EC4A 1BT,

Vivat Bacchus

4 Hays Lane

Vivat Bacchus has a dedicated cheese room with around 50 varieties to choose from. Pick as many of the dairy treats as you can handle and one of the resident cheese experts will lay you out a board with complementary flavours next to each other. There's also a very extensive wine cellar — take a tour and pick from thousands of bottles to perfectly match your cheeses.

Vivat Bacchus, 4 Hays Lane, SE1 2HB,

Champagne + Fromage

22 Wellington Street

A twist on the classic wine and cheese combo, this dainty French bistro sticks mainly to Champagne and cheese pairings. All the bottles of bubbly hail from lesser-known, yet high quality French Champagne houses, so no brash Moëts here. The monthly champagne and cheese masterclasses are a real treat, but if you're just passing through, order a single flute paired with a tartine: delicate little morsels of toasted homemade bread topped with cheese and cured meats.

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