Cheese lovers to enjoy fifth annual Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton

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Over 50 cheesemakers and more than 250 cheeses - including some of the UK’s rarest - will be on show at this year’s Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton.

The UK’s largest cheese fair - returning for its fifth year - will be held at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market on May 2 and 3, 10am to 4pm. Entry is just £2 per person.

The Artisan Cheese Fair celebrates the growing popularity of British cheese with exports hitting a record high last year.

Last year’s event attracted a record 8,260 people over the bank holiday weekend and featured cheesemakers from as far afield as Scotland, Cornwall, Hampshire, Wales and Norfolk.

Fair visitors will have the opportunity to taste some of the UK’s rarest cheeses as well as learning about cheese in the daily programme of talks, demonstrations and tastings given by industry experts including the School of Artisan Food and the Stilton Cheesemakers Association.

They will also be able to enjoy other local produce including ales, wines, chutneys and Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pie. Entertainment will also be provided during the afternoon.

Matthew O’Callaghan, chairman of the event organisers the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair has built up over the past four years and is now proving to be one of the highlights in Melton’s food calendar bringing an amazing number of visitors into the town.”

For more details visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk