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

About the event

The programme of talks and speakers is currently being finalised, along with information on the best places to buy cheese and any related offers. What we can tell you is the Big Cheese Weekender is gearing up to be brimming with chef demos; farm and dairy tours; cheese masterclasses and expert pairings of cheese with wines, beers and all manor of crackers and relishes. Sign up for updates and the latest Big Cheese Weekender news

Food lovers

Take a cheese road trip

Launched in 2020, by founders Patrick McGuigan and Tracey Colley, the Big Cheese Weekender returns in October for its third year, with three days of free online cheese events aimed at celebrating and supporting this 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 the best cheese you can get your hands on, tune in and taste along.

Supporting local business

It’s been a roller-coaster couple of years for cheesemakers and mongers, who faced disaster when Coronavirus hit and devastated sales. British Cheese Weekender was set up in response to the crisis and was part of a groundswell of support to this remarkable industry. Thanks to these efforts, and the creativity and skill of the cheesemakers and mongers themselves, most have pulled through, but they still face huge challenges. Please support us in supporting these industry heroes and help secure the businesses of these and future generations of cheesemakers and mongers.

supporting cheesemakers

Our supporters

Big Cheese Weekender event is hosted by the Academy of Cheese. The Academy is an impartial, not for profit organisation, set up to promote cheese knowledge, cheese education and careers in cheese and welcomes everyone to spread the appreciation of truly great cheese. The Academy is immensely grateful to its Patrons and Supporters, without whom, could not continue its valuable work.

Get Involved

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

Subscribe for updates

There’s a lot happening before, during and after the Big Cheese Weekender! 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.

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Previous Big Cheese Weekenders

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 British 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.

Enormous thanks to our Patrons. We wouldn’t be here without you!

Share the love

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 weekender and afterwards! Cheese needs you.