Cheese, Cheese and more Cheese at Cheese Fest, Exeter

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I’ve never been to a Cheese Fest before but I knew to expect cheese! However, I don’t think I appreciated quite how much cheese there was going to be!!

Cheese Fest Exeter

We went to Cheese Fest on a very cold and snowy day in March.  The events are hosted by Cheese Fest UK, who travel around the county encouraging people to attend their “amazing cheese spectacle”.

We arrived at the Matford Centre, Exeter, parked easily and joined the queue to enter. Cheese Fest UK offers ticketed slots for their festivals to ensure they don’t get too busy and people get a chance to look around the stalls and try the cheeses without having to wade through crowds of people. We went to the 2-4pm slot and although it was still busy, it wasn’t annoying and we didn’t have to push our way to the front of any queues to try the cheese samples too much!

You can check out the Cheese Fest website and their upcoming events here. Tickets can be brought online and start at £5.

So Much Cheese!

Inside the Matford Centre were lots of exciting stalls full of different and exciting cheeses to try. All the stalls were offering free samples and were happy to talk to us about their cheeses, how they were made and where they came from. The cheeses came from all over the UK and I was pleased to see the Cornish Goulda Co there whose cheeses I have tried many times!

Some of the stalls had such awesome looking displays; some of which featured some of the biggest cheese wheels I have ever seen! One stall was even selling cheeses that looked like a cross between a bath bomb and Christmas decoration! They even had glitter on them too!

Aside from cheese stalls there were plenty of other offerings available to try and buy. There was a beef jerky stand, turkish delight stall, bowls and bowls of tasty looking olives and a vendor selling the best looking cheesecakes. I had to really restrain myself from taking a variety of cheesecake slices home!

There was a good atmosphere at the festival, people seemed to be having a genuinely good time. Many people (including me) were singing along to the live band playing on the stage.

Time for a Cheesy Treat!

As well as a bar inside there was a handful of street food vendors outside selling hot food. On offer was lots of tasty cheese related food including brie baps, mozzarella sticks and posh cheese toasties! My friend Jenny opted for the classic Canadian dish poutine – chips covered in gravy, topped with cheese curls. My friend Charlie and I settled for some halloumi fries which were so delicious! We had to wait quite a while for them as the stall appeared very popular. Drizzled with sweet chilli sauce, sour cream and topped with spring onions and pomegranates they were heavenly and luckily worth the wait! We ate them back inside the centre whilst watching Sean Wilson (aka Martin Platt from soap Coronation Street) doing a cooking demonstration.

Actor Sean Wilson makes his own cheese and doing both the cooking demonstration and promoting his cheeses from Saddleworth Cheese Co. He was super friendly and chatted to people in the audience whilst he cooked a giant yorkshire pudding filled with roast beef and gravy and created a fruit and cream flan. Once he had made the food he served it all and put it at the front of the stage for people to dig into. And dig in they did, with their hands! Sean let us Corrie fans know that he was returning to the soap at the end of March so I vowed to watch out for him!

Cheesy Delights

We left Cheese Fest after  spending a good two hours sampling cheeses and milling around the stalls. I treated myself to a Triple Chocolate Indulgence Cheese from the Great British Cheese Company. Yes I did say chocolate cheese! This might sound odd to those that haven’t tried it, however it’s actually a winning taste combination in my eyes! It was the last one the company had to sell so I believe it was meant to be that I brought it!

With bellies full of cheese and feeling happy and satisfied we made out way back to the car – not before nabbing a bag of free cheesy popcorn for later!

This was the first time Cheese Fest UK had come to Exeter and it seems like it was a roaring success. The place was busy, buzzing with cheese lovers and many stalls were selling out of cheeses by the time I had arrived. I’m sure Cheese Fest will be back to Exeter next year – and I’ll be there too!

For more cheese loaded pictures take a look at Cheese Fest UK’s Instagram page!

93 Responses

  1. I saw this advertised but wasn’t sure if there was going to be much there but there obviously was. On my list when it returns now 🙂

  2. What soap is Sean Wilson on I’m wondering but, this is a different country. I can’t believe how much I love cheese when I see the outsides of some of those cheeses. There are so many kinds including your Triple Chocolate indulgence I could have an entire meal on the cheeses.

  3. Ahhh cheese. The single most greatest food item in the world. I love to go anywhere that has so many offerings to choose from in one setting!

  4. I am so jealous that there is a actual festival about cheese. Cheese is one of my favorite foods, I eat it almost every meal. If it were close to me I would go.

  5. This is a great Idea, never know there’s a cheese festival, it’s good to know they’re recognizing my favorite food.. I think the foods above are yummy..

  6. A festival of cheese! Sounds amazing, I bet the smells were incredible too. It looks like you had a lovely time.

  7. So I didn’t eat cheese until I was nearly 20. Now I love it. That seems like a fun event. I know a few people who love cheese and would have a balst here.

  8. An entire festival all about cheese? I’d be in HEAVEN! Sounds divine! I want to try some of those cheese curds. They look sooooo good!

  9. Rachel, CHEESE HEAVEN!! I’ve never seen so many cheese in my life! That’s cray-zee :-D. Looks like a wonderful time – with a HUGE assortment of goodies to sample (I bet!). Cheese is my daughter’s favorite thing ever and I am sure she’ll just go crazy over it. Thanks for sharing the pics – they DO say a thousand words <3

  10. Ooh, there is nothing better than cheese. Truly nothing. I would have been in seventh heaven and then some! How wonderful that “Martin Platt” makes cheese – I didn’t know that!

  11. Sounds like my kind of festival. Gruyere cheese in my favourite. Looking forward to trying lots of cheese in Europe this summer.

  12. Just wow, that is the best fest I have ever seen, I would love to go there and take my kids their too. My kids love cheese so much, they sure will go crazy over it. All the pictures look so amazing, I am glad you had a great time there.

  13. Oh my days how have I never heard of this before! Cheese is my total weakness, the stronger the better so this is my kind of day out lol!! I bet it smelt amazing and I need halloumi fries in my life lol!

  14. Unfortunately me and cheese dont see eye to eye so often I opt out of attending cheesefest but this looks absolutely incredible, so much cheese

  15. Cheese fest! I wish I knew this was a thing, this is amazing. I love me some cheese! I need to look up ones closer by 😉

  16. I really enjoy eating cheese and charcuterie boards, you can pair all sorts of different drinks with the finger foods. I would spend all day at this Cheese Fest if I lived in the UK.

  17. Our family really loves cheese, we can’t eat breakfast without it. And since we love it so much I think my family will love to be there on a Cheese Festival, they will be happy seeing that event.

  18. Forget Disney World, THIS is my personal heaven! I love cheese with a passion – those treats look amazing and I so wish I had been as this cheese fest.

  19. That’s a whole lot of cheese right there! And frankly I never knew it came in such shapes and forms! Looks like a great event, hope to catch one of those myself someday!

  20. Um. This sounds like the ultimate, best event ever. I love cheese and would go so crazy at an event like this. Ha! 🙂

  21. This is a festival I could really get into. Aside from that my daughter would love to go to. I remember she was so excited when I took her to a dairy farm and cheese factory. She loved it.

  22. This is my kind of food event, a not-so-cheesy cheesy fest! Everything looks delicious and spectacular, the rolls, the shapes, it feels like I already know what the whole place smells like and it’s close to heaven.

  23. A festival of cheese sounds amazing! I would be all about that life. I love trying all the different cheeses and things that go with them.

  24. I would really enjoy attending an event like this. It looks like so much fun! There are so many varieties of cheese!

  25. Very wonderful event! I love cheese and fries. They are so delicious. The pictures really makes me hungry and crave for it.

  26. Cheese is great. I’m not a fan of it by its self, but put some meat with it and I’m all for it! I don’t know if we have a cheese festival in the US but, I’d love to go! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh I saw this advertised and really wanted to go as my main pregnancy craving is cheese, but I was worried that there would have been too many smells which I wouldn’t have been able to cope with. Hopefully they do it again 🙂

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