If you love cheese then there’s no better place to head to than the Great British Cheese Festival, held annually in Cardiff Castle. It runs for a weekend every year at the end of September. The centrepiece of the festival is a huge market where you can try and buy British cheeses from across the country – from well known makes such as Wensleydale and Cheddars to lesser known varieties. There is a market dedicated to produce from Wales – not only cheese but meat and other products. Another market is dedicated to produce from across Britain – pies, scotch eggs, sausages, clotted cream, chutneys and pickles. You can also purchase a wide variety of beer, wine and cider.
There are a number of masterclasses and demonstrations run over the duration of the festival. Visitors can learn how to match different wines and beers with cheese, or master the art of cheese-making. There are classes where visitors can taste the wide diversity of cheeses that are produced within Britain.
A cheese festival wouldn’t be a cheese festival without some cheese tossing. The Great British Cheese Festival claims to have invented the art of cheese tossing (to be distinguished from cheese rolling, another great British tradition). The games involved tossing cheese and the winner gets a trophy. Another cheese related activity invented for the festival is cheese skittles.
For thirsty visitors there is a pub set up for the duration of the festival – the Cardiff Arms. This is organised by CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale, an organisation who is an advocate for real ale and cider across the UK. The pub stocks 25 real ales and almost 30 ciders and perrys.
As the castle is in the centre of Cardiff, there are good transport links and many places to stay across the city.