Run in conjunction with Gimblett Cheese (Surrey cheesemakers and our sister company), The Artisan Cheese and Drink Challenge combines the finest local (to your event) artisan: cheeses, wines, ales, ciders and gins (or a selection of your choice), with interaction, humour and fun.
Your guests will be given a set of skills at the outset – pointers on how to spot elements within the cheeses and drinks (such as: milk types, cheese age, and methods of production for cheeses; grape type, age and quality for sparkling wines, etc.) before competing in a range of tasting rounds. In between rounds, Francis will entertain with anecdotes from the dairy, quick-fire quizzes, and funny stories from over twenty five years in wine.
Francis and Pam Gimblett spent three years in: cheese training, developing their recipes, and building the Gimblett Cheese dairy, before releasing Floyd, a soft, washed rind cheese, onto the market in spring 2016. For this event, the pair also introduces cheeses from some of their friends and contemporaries in the cheesemaking world, as well as the very best drinks from the region.
Your event can be run seated, with a high level of interaction, or from stalls where the tasting is a feature of the event. Your hosts’ material will be prepared with your audience in mind, be they seasoned tasters with a thirst for information, or a group with a hunger for humour.
For more on Gimblett Cheese see www.gimblettcheese.co.uk