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Stinking Bishops & Smelly Barons: The History Of Cheese – With Andy Swinscoe At Skipton Library
Gratifying, in recent years, to see a bit of balance restored to the national market place with the palpable rise, and rise, of small food producers and retailers. If the burgeoning of local food outlets all over the country hasn’t yet seriously threatened the monopoly of the supermarket giants, then a slow process of consumer re-education has enabled a new freedom to make informed choices as to how we select our purchases, what consideration we give to specialist foods, and how much we are prepared to spend to obtain better quality, and often more nutritious, products.

Which is why there is method in national award-winning cheese retailer and renowned expert, Andy Swincoe’s, madness for the written word! Visitors to the Courtyard Dairy in Austwick will find themselves surrounded by information – about cheese, its provenance, its production and its history. With its very own in-house museum, Courtyard connects present with past seamlessly and breathes new life into the importance of millennia-old traditions.

Fully aware that cheese, proper cheese, is re-nascent in the best sense, it is no real surprise to find that Andy runs regular cheese-making courses alongside the fulsome range of specialist produce he retails. Guided by the receptors of his or her hooter, the discerning customer will find a cornucopia of colour and flavour at Courtyard, from the obscurely-named, to the extraordinarily soft and smelly (called, for ease of olfactory recognition, ‘soft and smelly’), to the block-hard unpasteurised. Names are names to behold and savour, like cheese itself: Baron Bigod Brie, Stichleton, Sparkenhoe Red Leicester, Richard III Wensleydale.

No surprise, either, to discover that Andy is evangelical about spreading cheese’s message personally. And on the 25th October, he will be giving a talk and tutored tasting session at Skipton Library, where participants will discover the long lineage of cheese making in Britain, and more especially, in our own county.

The History of British Cheese by Andy Swinscoe.
Skipton Library. Thursday 25th Oct. at 10.45am
Free event.
Refreshments available.
Tel: 01609 534548. Email: skipton.library@northyorks.gov.uk

Stinking Bishops & Smelly Barons: The History Of Cheese – With Andy Swinscoe At Skipton Library, 20th October 2018, 11:49 AM