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This month sees the return of The Big Cheese, Caerphilly’s annual celebration of cheese makers. The event runs from Fri 23-Sun 25 July, and features over 50 cheese producers and one of the biggest food and drink marquees in Wales. It’s expected to draw over 80,000 people this year, making it a must-see for cheese lovers. To help get everybody into the swing of this cheese-fest, the experts over at Madame Fromage have helped us compile this list of Wales’ fi ve fi nest cheeses. TOM BARNETT


A number of different farms produce good Caerphilly cheeses but the Gorwydd is the best in the business. Traditionally made using traditional unpasteurised milk and rennet before being matured for several months, the Gorwydd has the usual crumbly Caer- philly texture – yet tastes fresh and creamy. A must try for any fans of Caerphilly cheese.

PERL LAS £2.10/100g

This award winning organic blue cheese evokes some of the fi nest Stiltons out there, though its origins are nothing short of bizarre. A number of mature Caerphilly cheeses had unexpectedly started blueing; a curious occurrence indeed and its creators set out to recreate its unique taste with fantastic results.

PERL WEN £1.90/100g

This unique mild, creamy Welsh Brie has a soft outside blending perfectly with a lemony centre.

Created by Caws Cenarth Cheese, a small enterprise in the heart of Wales borne from a family who have been farming the area for 42 years, this cheese has received a great deal of fully justifi ed acclaim.

BLACK BOMBER £1.90/100g

Probably the most popular cheese in this selection, but don’t let that put you off! This mature creamy Welsh Cheddar hails from Snowdonia and is probably worth trying for the name alone however let me assure you there’s more to this cheese than its fan- tastic moniker – it just so happens to be incredibly powerful with an intense Cheddar taste.

TEIFI WITH LAVERBREAD £2.40/100g Perhaps the most leftfi eld choice here, this cheese is one of a kind. Teifi cheese itself is very well respect- ed with a superb sweet and nutty taste however here Laverbread is thrown into the mix. Laverbread, for the uneducated, is a traditional Welsh delicacy in the form of edible seaweed – an intriguing proposition.

(all prices are as sold in Madame Fromage, Castle Arcade, Cardiff) FORK2FORK.ORG.UK

When it comes to buying and eating food with an ethical mind – be that produce organic, locaally sourced, independent or fresh –. the best intentions held by many food enthusiasts can fall down, as it’s often hard to know what you’ll get where. This is a job for – a newly launched website which lists producers in Wales who sell their wares direct. This incorporates food festivals, farmners’ markets (or their shops, or buying right at the gate), veg boxes and the like, and online sellers. There’s also a section highlighting individual producers.



AND DRINK The Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival re- turns this summer from Fri 9-Sun 11 July at the Oval Basin in the Bay. The festival offers a wide range of the fi nest food and drink produced in Wales as well as a number of countries from around the globe. With its diverse variety of fl avours, smells, colours and, of course, dozens of free tasters, the festival has proven a big hit with food lovers and those looking to try something new. On top of this, there will be live bands, entertainment and activities to cater for all.

Admission: free. Info: pic: KIRAN RIDLEY


GOES BAYSIDE This summer Riverside Market will be opening up a brand new stall behind the Pierhead building next to the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. The new market is a collaboration with restaurant ffresh, and it’s running every Friday until September from 4pm- 8pm. Located right next door to the Senedd, it will be providing 12 stalls of vegetables, baked goods, fresh meat and more, all from local producers. Defi nitely worth your attention on your way back from the Bay.

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