It is a truth universally acknowledged that when there’s cheese around, I’d love to have a slice (if you’re the same, please do check out my guide to some of London’s cheese highlights!). I am also pretty partial to a glass of wine. So when a tantalising email dropped into my inbox inviting me to the ICA’s cheese and wine launch party, you can bet I was happy to RSVP in the affirmative and get myself down to Southwark to learn more about the ICA and sample a lot of fabulous cheese.
The things I do for blogging.
The International Cheese Awards (ICA) started in 1897, growing to become the largest cheese show in the world. This year looks set to have over 5,000 cheeses entered for judging, as well as categories for best accompaniments such as meats, wines, chutneys and crackers. Held over two days in Nantwich, Cheshire, the event spans two days (one for judging and trade, the other as a huge day out for the cheese-loving public) and is a space and a place for celebrating all things cheese.
At the event on Tuesday, we got to meet some of the team behind the ICA, as well as chatting with lots of makers and producers, from award-winning English creameries to delegates from Gruyere. It was so nice to hear people speak with such passion and knowledge of their products, and of course there was plenty of cheese to sample. I think one of my favourites of the evening was the Red Fox cheese from Belton Farms – an aged Red Leicester with a little crunch to it, as well as lovely nutty and caramel notes. Definitely one I’ll be seeking out again!
I loved attending the event and am enjoying working my way through the delights of our goody bags (all cheese, all the time, my friends!). I now really want to go to the main ICA in July, in Nantwich. I think a roadtrip north may be in my future…who’s with me?