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The Cheese and Wine Festival 2012

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Smell, Slurp, Spit, but Swallow if You Must
The Southbank, home to regular weekend food markets, is hosting the Cheese and Wine Festival over the weekend of 12-14 October.

Cheese and Wine Festival
Cheese and Wine Festival (Picture Courtesy o

The combination of these two products has long been synonymous, if seeming somewhat old fashioned. This celebration of wine and cheese will be extended to include tutored tastings and cookery demonstrations, and the chance to buy and eat cooked cheese dishes such as arancini (Italian risotto balls), tartiflette and raclette.

You will also find other drinks that work equally well with cheese. Have you considered matching beer with cheese?

Beer from Meantime Brewing (Picture Courtesy of

Taste experiences will move from the savoury to the sweet with tastings of cheese cakes, and even churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

Churros Garcia
Churros Garcia (Picture Courtesy of

The festival promises to be more than a combination of good old mouse-trap cheddar and red plonk; there will be a diverse range of cheeses from expert cheesemongers such as Paxton and Whitfield, La Fromagerie and the Bath Soft Cheese Company (I can personally guarantee their mini cheese boards as a delicious and filling alternative for lunch),

The Bath Soft Cheese Company
The Bath Soft Cheese Company (Picture Courtesy of

as well as wines from producers in the UK, Croatia and Austria.

Griffinwell Wines
Griffinwell Wines (Picture Courtesy of

So broaden your horizons, buy, sample, and book for tutored tastings and talks. The exhibition will be hosted by Anglo-Italian chef, Valentina Harris, author of numerous cookery books, some of which are on my shelves. Above all, don't forget that the best way to taste wine is to sniff, roll it around your palate and spit it out. It sounds like a frightful waste, but at least you'll remain sober.
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Why? To sample and learn more about cheese, wine and lots more
When: 11.00 - 20.00 Friday and Saturday and until 18.00 on Sunday
Where: Southbank Centre Square
Cost: Free, but there may be a charge for tutored demonstrations, tastings and talks
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