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My first cheese selling adventure - Chapel Allerton Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Sunday (yesterday) was my first time selling cheese at a fair - I took a stall at the CARA Easter Eggstravaganza in Chapel Allerton. The gloomy grey skies may have threatened, but thankfully the rain held off and brought out lots of people to have fun with the CARA guys, who'd laid on lots of fun and games for the family. One the stall there was a great selection of Lacey's cheese: Sage Derby Blue Olive Mescolate Smoked Cheddar Mature Cheddar Traditional Wensleydale Brie There was also a seletion of fantastic chutneys made by the guys from Pudsey Pickles.   I met lots of cheese fans, who were very keen on the cheeses and chutneys we had on sale.  The brightly marbled...

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Unexpectedly Yorkshire

It's the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and time to try something new.  I'd been invited along to the "Unexpectedly Yorkshire" evening at the Corn Exchange in Leeds.  The evening promised to challenge a few conventions and clichés about Yorkshire food - not just Wensleydale cheese and Yorkshire puddings.   It was also a lead in for the latest Cornucopia event taking place on Good Friday - which regularly boasts a great collection of  independent local food producers and regularly has a very detrimental effect on my bank account. We started off with a welcoming glass of wine, grown and produced at the Leventhorpe Vineyard in Leeds.  Yes, you did read that right - wine grown and made right here...

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Homage2Fromage 5 - Yorkshire Cheese

I knew this was going to be difficult.  When I looked at my diary for mid-Febrary, I saw two very conflicting things.  Slap bang in the middle of a two week diet and fitness programme I was doing was Homage2Fromage.  Needless to say cheese wasn't on the list of things permitted by my personal trainer. So - my dilemma - give cheese club a miss, or go along and not eat anything, or admit that my name is Stephen and I am a cheeseaholic (or caseophile/turophile if you want to get clever about it).   The theme this month was Yorkshire cheese - which was too much of a draw for me to resist.  I decided to go along and see how things went.  Unsurprisingly...

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Homage2Fromage IV - do you fondue?

January is always a bit of a gloomy month, what with the weather being cold and dark, combined with my annual resolution to shed the weight I put on over Christmas and to get fitter.  A welcome mid-month treat was the fourth Homage2Fromage event.  Since starting last year with just 20 attendees, these monthly cheese events have gone from strength to strength, and last night was no exception.  Around 60 cheese lovers descended on Primo's Gourmet Hotdogs in the Corn Exchange in Leeds city centre for an Alpine-and-Lancastrian themed cheese evening. I had been wondering how a fondue for so many people was going to work.  On arriving I was presented with my owm pair of colour-coded skewers (red for members,...

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