Great British Cheese Festival is coming to Cheltenham in 2005. Britains
premier cheese event, which incorporates the British Cheese Awards,
will take place in Imperial Gardens on 22nd and 23rd October 2005.
year thousands of cheese lovers come to the Festival lured by the
chance to see, taste and buy over 1,000 British cheeses, attend
the Masterclasses and workshops and discover the very best of British
cheese, wines, beers and other regional food.
key events will be held in Imperial Gardens behind the Town Hall
in Cheltenham. Britain's Biggest Cheese Market will host around
100 cheese makers from Britain and Ireland offering visitors the
chance to taste and buy over 450 cheeses, while the Food from Britain
Market adds depth to the event featuring over 40 mainly artisan
producers. Visitors can also sample up 30 English wines, award winning
fruit wines, ciders, real ales while watching Cheese Tossing.
to the organisers, the aim of the Festival is to educate and inspire
consumers with around 35 Masterclasses taking place at the Cheltenham
Ladies College. Cheese and Bread-making Demonstrations and other
workshops will also be held at various venues around the town.
organisers believe over 800 cheeses will be entered into the British
Cheese Awards this year, confirming its status as Britains
biggest and most important cheese festival. Juliet
Harbutt, Festival Director commented:
move to Cheltenham will ensure the Festival continues to grow, reaching
new consumers and have a significant impact on rural Britain by
increasing consumer and trade awareness of the very best of Britains
regional cheeses, food and drink."
Imperial Gardens will provide a beautiful backdrop, while Cheltenhams
mix of shops, restaurants and cultural attractions will mean that
there is something for everyone. Cheltenham's central location,
only a mile from the M5, 45 minutes from Birmingham and Bristol
and with direct train links to London means that a record number
of visitors will be expected at the festival this year. Councillor
Rowena Hay, Deputy for Health Wellbeing and Economy, said:
are delighted to welcome this prestigious event to Cheltenham. It
will complement our existing festival and major event programme,
bringing many additional visitors to our town as well as offering
Cheltenham residents a great opportunity to sample the very best
of British cheeses. Cheltenham's Imperial Gardens will provide a
spectacular setting for the festival."
British Cheese Festival
22nd and Sunday 23rd October 2005