Cheese Fest 2021, 4-10 October
“I fell in love with cheese 30 years ago and the love affair goes on. I’ve no intention of stopping. Luckily the great British public love artisan cheese too, so the future is looking bright for cheesemakers and suppliers“ – Simeon Hudson Evans, World Cheese Award Judge & Cheese Expert of Aubrey Allen.

We couldn't agree more which is why we have invited Simeon & heaven to Hampshire this October for a week-long Cheese Fest (aka celebration of all things cheesy).

From Monday through to Sunday, get ready to tingle those taste buds with 7 days of cheese-related activities, events, demonstrations & complimentary tastings. Our Head Chef will also be cramming his restaurant menu full of delectable artisan cheese and the deli counter will be brimming with regional & global variations from the most phenomenal cheese makers. Chilled, educational & upmarket in a laid-back rustic way, there will be numerous bookable sessions each day, with a limited number of tickets allocated. Please keep an eye on our website for further information.


Please note that this is just a snapshot of some of the activities that will be taking place. Our full food programme and booking information will be published shortly.

Behind The Counter with Simeon: Aubrey Allen started supplying our deli with cheese earlier this year with our Retail Manager Eleanor, taking Simeon's advice on the cheese counter. With over 30 years experience as a cheesemonger and as a British & World Cheese Award Judge, he's uber-knowledgeable about the subject and there's no-one better to advise you on what to pop in your shopping basket too.

Daily Tasting Table: Sample a range of exceptional cheese with pairing recommendations and advice on what to pick for your Christmas cheeseboard (and for any other occasion, for that matter). Head to our farm shop and take it home to share with the family. Pick up your pre-order form for Christmas and get ahead of the game too.

A Beginners Guide To Cheese & Wine Pairing with Simeon Hudson Evans: Meet Simeon as he shares his ultimate guide to cheese and wine pairings - and the simple rules to follow to get the perfect match every time. Oh, and of course you are invited to scoff and quaff as you go.

Artisan Cooking with Jane Devonshire: Don't miss Masterchef 2016 Winner, Jane Devonshire, who will be hosting an intimate one-day Cookery Course celebrating her love for local. Limited to 8 guests.

Simeon's Christmas Cheese Selection: Aubrey Allen is a byword for excellent artisan cheese – each variety lovingly handmade, often by the second or third generation of a family and their huge Westcombe Cheddar is one of only three artisan Cheddars produced in Somerset. Farm-made from raw milk, it’s matured for a minimum of eleven months giving a firm, smooth texture and buttery, savoury taste. From handcrafted hampers to gift someone special, to cheeseboards that deliver the ultimate umami hit, Simeon has everything you need to get the party started.

Fun fact: Did you know? Cheese, like chocolate boosts serotonin, making you feel happy and less stressed. So far, from giving you nightmares, cheese is calming and sleep-inducing. So there you go – the perfect gift for anyone who loves hand-crafted, artisan cheeses made in time-honoured tradition and… insomniacs. Tuck in!

September 13, 2021 — Rachel Borland