Cheese 2019 – I am sure that as a fellow cheese lover going to the bi-annual festival “Cheese” in Bra, Italy is for you, as it was for me, a long-held dream. With 300.000 visitors in 2017 and over 400 exhibitors this year it is one of the biggest and also most important cheese festivals in the world.
I finally got to go this year, and for those of you who couldn´t make it I put together some impressions from my visit.
Do you know the feeling when a travel or excursion is proposed to you and the first thought that strikes your head is – “will there be cheese?”
Since my travel in question involved assisting my partner´s move from Berkeley to Vienna, the answer was on the table right away.
I finally got to visit the famous Berkeley Cheese Board!
“Le Banon” – It´s been a while that we stumbled over this fine representative of raw goat´s milk cheese at the little cheese shop “La boite à fromages” in Digne, France, but the memory of flavour and texture “Le Banon” has to offer certainly withstands the ticking of time.
Ever heard of Cabannin cows or the U-Cabanin cheese?
Well – lucky us – we can still enjoy both, since not too long ago this cow breed and its cheese faced a future only in history books.
Last weekend Gustav and I went to Munich, capital of Bavaria and herewith of the region the Obazda was granted PGI certification in 2015.
Gustav and I were lucky enough to make it to this year’s “Formaggio in Villa” that took place over the 1st of May weekend and hosted the pre-elimination contest to the Italian cheese awards.
The concept of the event is an attractor to cheese-lovers as well as salumi-admirers and foodies of almost all kinds. – Find a beautiftul villa and pack it up with first-class producers from Italy.
The other week, Gustav and I had the opportunity to drive down to Italy for a long weekend.
My office was one of the winners of the 2018 Leonardo da Vinci Prize, which was awarded in Florence; so we took the opportunity to make a little detour via beautiful Piemonte.
I am a lucky duck – last weekend I got to go to England!
A friend of mine had a talk in Milton Keynes and asked me to join her. Knowing that Britain is full of extraordinary cheeses and cheesemongers, and also because it´s always worth a visit, I of course said yes.
Milton Keynes I can tell you is not a cheese lover’s paradise, so it was crystal clear that I had to look elsewhere for my friends.