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Artisan Cheese Fair returns to Livestock Market in Melton Mowbray and you could be there

It’s time to tuck in as a popular artisan cheese fair returns and you could be there.

The largest national celebration of cheese will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19, from 10am until 4pm) at the Livestock Market in Melton.

We’ve teamed up with the organisers to offer 20 lucky LincsOnline readers a pair of tickets each to the event.

Busy stalls in one of the two Cheese Fair halls at Melton Cattle Market. Photo: Lionel Heap.
Busy stalls in one of the two Cheese Fair halls at Melton Cattle Market. Photo: Lionel Heap.

Normally around 40-50 of the leading British and Irish cheesemakers attend, who between them make some 200 cheeses – some of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses to taste and buy – most not often found on the local cheese counter. As well as cheese, there will also be traditional Melton Mowbray pork pies, cider, cakes, beer, chocolate, wine, charcuterie, and much more.

There is also a full programme of demonstrations and workshops including how to make your own cheese and for the kids - butter making. In the theatre a chef/cheesemonger will demonstrate a recipe with cheese and a cheese retailer will show you how to taste cheese with samples. There will also be the usual tastings sessions of cheese.

An award winning gospel choir and other musicians will provide entertainment with a variety of street food for those who get hungry during the festival.

Artisan Cheese Fair. Photo: Lionel Heap.
Artisan Cheese Fair. Photo: Lionel Heap.

Matthew O’Callaghan, organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair, said: “The fair is the largest national celebration of cheese where turophiles (cheese lovers) will have a unique opportunity to taste, sample and buy the best cheeses available in the UK and Ireland which is why so many of the UK’s leading cheese retailers attend the fair.”

To find out more about the event and where to buy tickets visit https://www.meltonfestivals.co.uk/artisan-cheese-fair/.

To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the question: Which Aardman Animations duo love cheese?

Alternatively enter online below

The deadline for entries is 9am on Friday, May 10. An email address must be supplied for tickets to be sent digitally.

Winners will be drawn from all entries online at lincsonline.co.uk and in the Rutland & Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Spalding Guardian and Grantham Journal.

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