2 December 2019

Homage 2 Fromage

Homage 2 Fromage

If there's one food I associate the most with Christmas, it's cheese. Sure, you can buy cheese all year round, but as soon as November comes knocking, supermarket fridges are suddenly stacked high with wax-sealed truckles and special varieties not otherwise available during the remainder of the year. (Unless your town is blessed with an independent cheesemonger, in which case I am truly envious.)

It therefore seemed fitting that I were recently invited to the London launch of Homage 2 Fromage, an all-you-can-eat cheese party perfect for the heartiest of turophiles. The premise is simple: eight tasty wheels of cheese following a monthly theme, albeit none are labelled, allowing guests to experience each cheese on senses alone. Later in the evening, the names and origins of the cheeses are then revealed to a satiated crowd.

The event was founded in Leeds in 2011, and has since become a popular club for cheese enthusiasts across the North of England. The launch night at The Bull in Westfield Shopping Centre was co-founders Nick Copland and Vickie Rogerson's first offering to a southern audience, who were just as eager to tuck into the mouthwatering selection of fine British cheeses, laid out like a banquet with accompanying breads, wines and chutneys.

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Although I'm largely dairy intolerant and making efforts elsewhere to cut down on animal products, cheese is without question my kryptonite, and as such I returned to the table on several occasions to fill my plate with my favourites of the eight cheeses, including a black charcoal cheddar, a Brie-style Baron Bigod, and a Hebridean Blue which claims to be the bluest cheese in all of Great Britain.

Run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, Homage 2 Fromage lives up to its title. The atmosphere is friendly, informal and without pretension, in which the objective is to introduce guests to lesser-known cheeses they are almost guaranteed to enjoy. The monthly club nights commence properly in the new year, exploring all manner of European cheeses (Alpine, Irish, Portuguese and Scandinavian to name a few), culminating with the ultimate Christmas cheeseboard this time next year. If you love your cheese as much as I do, this event is certain to put a smile on your face - say cheese!

Tickets for upcoming Homage 2 Fromage events in London, Leeds, Manchester, Harrogate, Sheffield and York are available online, priced £14-£16 per person.

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Disclaimer: Myself and a guest were generously invited to the launch night of Homage 2 Fromage by its organisers, however all opinions and love for cheese are entirely my own.

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