15 March 2017, East Village: East Village, the former Athletes’ Village of the London 2012 Games, is set to host its first ever Cheese and Wine Festival.
On 1st and 2nd of April, East Village will be transformed into a haven for cheese lovers with a festival showcasing the very best artisan cheese and wine from over 25 independent stall holders.
'How can it get any better' you might ask. 'Lots better' is our joyous retort! Alongside the veritable shmorgasboard of cheesy winey goodness is a great lineup of workshops including a star of last years' Great British Bake Off and East Village resident - Tom Gilliford.
Tom will be hosting a range of cheese related demonstrations and Q&A sessions, in addition to celebrity chef Valentina Harris, and Master Chocolatier Paul Wayne Gregory to lead a chocolate and cheese tasting for festival guests.
"But I prefer wine to cheese!" we hear you cry. Well cry no more, because famous wine expert Tim Aitkin will also descend on the village to give you a deep insight into the world of vino.
Visitors are invited to enjoy an exclusive three course Cheese Feest at Tina We Salute You, featuring a sumptuous cheese-filled menu created by Feest London and Tom Gilliford. Tickets for the banquet can be purchased online here. Cheese enthusiasts can also take part in a cheesy pop quiz at Tina’s from 7.30pm, where they will be greeted with a delicious welcome cocktail made with Black Cow’s cheese vodka.
All in all it makes for a fabulous weekend of cheese and wine indulgence. We camembert the anticipation!
The full schedule of events can be found below, and for more information on the festival and its range of stallholders click here.
Schedule of FREE events and demonstrations:
Saturday 1st April
12.00 – 12.10 – East Village cheese sculpting competition to commence
12.00 - 12:45 – Cheese and chocolate tasting with master chocolatier Paul Wayne Gregory and celebrity chef Valentina Harris
13.00 – 13.45 – South African wines with Tim Atkin
14:00 - 14:45 – Sparkling wine and cheese pairing with Kelly Beilief from Tastour
15:00 - 15:45 – Cider and cheese tasting with Henry Hobhouse of Somerset Ploughmans
16:00 - 16:45 – Wines of Rioja with Tim Atkin
17:00 - 17:45 – Wines of Germany Tasting with Rebecca Dunphy from Sniff and Spit
Sunday 2nd April
11.30 – 12.00 – Demonstration and Q&A with Tom Gilliford
12.15 – 12.45 – Demonstration and Q&A with Tom Gilliford
13.45 – 14.15 – East Village Rarebit demonstration and Q&A with Tom Gilliford
14.30 – 15.00 – Wine Pairing amuse bouche demonstration and Q&A with Tom Gilliford
17.00 – 19.00 – Cheese Feest at Tina We Salute You
19.30 – 21.00 – Cheesy Pop Quiz at Tina We Salute You
The East Village Cheese and Wine Festival will be open on Saturday 1st April from 12pm - 6pm and Sunday 2nd April from 11am - 4pm. Head to www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk for more information. Whilst in East Village, visitors can browse its collective of 24 independent shops, bars, restaurants and services that are now open. Find out more about East Village’s retailers here: www.eastvillagelondon.co.uk/shop-eat