A virtual cheese festival is coming next month


At this time of great uncertainty, lots of us are finding comfort in food.

The good news is that foodie events that were due to run this year have instead moved their offerings online – and there’s a new one landing next month. Virtual cheese festival – The British Cheese Weekender – will run over the first May Bank Holiday (from 8 May 10th May).

The three-day event is set to offer all kinds of activities for people to try at home, from free online tastings to talks on how to create the perfect cheeseboard and how to match cheese with wine, beer and cider.

Experts in all things cheese will run these workshops on YouTube and Facebook – each session will be up to an hour long and participants will be able to ask their own cheesy questions.

The idea is that people will buy cheese in advance and sign up for their chosen masterclass, to eat and listen to the professionals.


The event has been organised by The Specialist Cheesemakers Association, Academy of Cheese (yes, that’s a real organisation) the Guild of Fine Food and cheese writer Patrick McGuigan. It’s for an amazing cause, too, as Britain’s specialist cheesemakers and retailers will join forces to support smaller cheesemakers who are struggling at the moment, due to coronavirus.