Set to be the biggest cheddar event the world has ever seen, the first edition of the Great British Cheddar Challenge will take place on Saturday 16 September, with tasting boxes now available to reserve. Founded by James Grant of No2 Pound Street in Buckinghamshire, the event was inspired by the cheesemonger’s own battle with neck cancer, which resulted in him losing his sense of taste for over a year.
Inviting cheese lovers everywhere to get involved, the Great British Cheddar Challenge will see cheesemongers across the country selling tasting boxes of six unlabelled artisan cheddars. These will then be discussed during an online blind tasting event on 16 September, presented by comedian and cheese judge, Marcus Brigstocke, alongside experts from the cheese industry.
The Great British Cheddar Challenge will invite cheese lovers to challenge their perceptions of cheddar. With artisan cheddar accounting for only 3% of cheddar sales in the UK, Marcus and co. will guide viewers through some of the finest examples of artisan cheddar ever made – exploring how the seasons, the grass, the cows, the makers and the unique microflora in maturing rooms have influenced each truckle – before a People’s Choice Award vote to find the nation’s favourite cheddar.
To take part in this unique event, reserve your cheese box now. You can choose to add on wine to accompany the cheese. If you opt to add on wine we'll include a bottle each of Leivlander Chenin Blanc and Visconti Della Rocca Primitivo Salento.
Delivery is included to mainland UK addresses.
You’ll receive around 100g of six different cheddars (enough for 4 people to enjoy), along with a downloadable tasting/scoring sheet.
You’ll also receive a link to the live tasting event which takes place on Saturday 16th of September 2023, starting at 19:00.
We’ll send out all boxes in the week leading up to the live tasting.
You can order your cheese box here.