Big Cheese Weekender 2022
Save the date! 7-9 October.

About the event

The programme of talks and speakers is now live on the What’s On page, along with information on the best places to buy cheese and any related offers. What a line up! There will be chef demos from Tommy Banks, Simon Rogan, Mark Hix & James Golding, farm and dairy tours, cheese masterclasses from our experts, pairings with wines, whisky, Peters Yard crisprbreads, Opies pickles and Tracklements relishes. Sign up for updates and the latest Big Cheese Weekender news

Food lovers

Take a cheese road trip

Launched last year in response to the crisis facing the country’s specialist cheesemakers when the Pandemic struck, the Big Cheese Weekender returns in April with three days of free online cheese events aimed at celebrating and supporting this fragile sector. Be transported around the country, from fields and farms to dairies and maturing rooms, as well as cheesemongers’ counters and the kitchens of top chefs. All you have to do is buy British artisan cheese, tune in and taste along.

Support specialist cheesemakers

It’s been a roller-coaster year for Britain’s artisan cheesemakers, who faced disaster when Coronavirus hit last year and devastated sales. The Big Cheese Weekender was set up in response to the crisis and was part of a groundswell of support to Save British Cheese. Thanks to these efforts, and the creativity and skill of the cheesemakers themselves, most have pulled through, but they still face huge challenges.

supporting cheesemakers
Supporting the food and drink sector

Our supporters

Big Cheese Weekender is a not-for-profit event hosted by the Academy of Cheese, and is organised by cheese writer Patrick McGuigan and Academy of Cheese director Tracey Colley. This year’s event is kindly sponsored by Opies Foods, Tracklements and Peter’s Yard, and is backed by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, Guild of Fine Food and Academy of Cheese.

Get Involved

Use the forms below to find out more about the events, programme etc. or to get involved.

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There’s a lot happening before, during and after the Big Cheese Weekender 2021! Give us your email address and we’ll keep you up to date with events, tastings, competitions and much more.

How would you like to get involved?

If you are a cheesemaker, chef, food writer, cheesemonger or industry professional looking to get involved in this years Big Cheese Weekender, we’d love to hear from you. Use the form opposite to let us know how you would like to be involved.


Big Cheese Weekender 2020

To celebrate the amazing range of cheeses made by small producers in the UK and to highlight the crisis they face, the campaign cumulated in the Big Cheese Weekender over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend in 2020. The three-day event encouraged the public to enjoy the country’s best cheeses with a series of free, online tastings by the country’s top cheese experts.

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If you like what you see and eat, please shout about it on social media using the hashtag #BigCheeseWeekender. Please do keep buying good cheese: now, for the festival and afterwards! Cheese needs you.