The Cheese and Wine Festival

Things to do
  • 3 out of 5 stars
(13user reviews)
0 Love It
Save it

Following five years on the Southbank this festival is relocating indoors; with potentially pongy repercussions. Cheese lovers can expect over 200 types of cheese from over 30 companies including artisan cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield and La Cave à Fromage. Thirsty visitors can choose from a wide selection of flavours from around the world including organic and biodynamic bevvys, reds, whites, Prosecco, champagne and a selection of ciders, beers and spirits. To compliment the cheese and wine there'll also be a selection of artisan chutneys, breads, oils and cheesecakes on offer. During the show La Cave à Fromage will attempt (a rather obscure) world record – for the most cheese types on a cheeseboard. A tasting theatre will host a series of tutored sessions including an introduction to Northern Italian chesses and wines and a chocolate and cheese-pairing workshop. Those who fancy a bit of sweet after all that savoury can then head next door to The Chocolate Festival, as tickets are valid for both tasty events.


Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:5
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:7
2 people listening
Jon W
1 of 1 found helpful

Absolute waist of time and money. No cheese to taste, just stalls selling expensive bog standard cheese. long queues for any tiny samples, worst cheese/wine event i've ever been to.

Laura D
1 of 1 found helpful

Terrible. Overcrowded and no cheese samples on show. After 15mins of queuing to get near the cheese we were turned away saying we could only try some if we had a cheese tasting card. The paid for cheese and wine tasting events were sold out by the time we got there at midday. Absolutely terrible.

Sally M

Room far too small for so many people, absolutely rubbish. No way of getting near and people having absolutely no manners. No samples and no chance of even getting a look-in. Really disappointed. Would give it 0 stars if there was the option.

Laura R

No cheese samples, no wine tasting. Just a market basically but so overcrowded you couldn't even get near the minimal stalls. Stayed 10 minutes and left. Really bad, and the fact that they charge an adult ticket for £12 for that is awful. 

jo k

What a waste of time ! It was no more than a farmers market, no, worse as our local market they let you try the products. Yes you could buy wine beer and cheese but that you can do in most pubs and supermarkets. Real rip off.

wayne S

Disgusting that they charged £9 for access to a couple of wine stalls, a couple of cheese stalls and a bar selling lager. Consequently far too many people crowding round desperate to find something interesting. A complete rip off. Can't blame the exhibitors although their wares were pretty poor. I still can't believe I made the effort to go.

Simon G

Terrible. Limited number of stalls and so crowded it was impossible to see what they were selling. Hardly any samples available. Total waste of time and money.


Always a great festival. A weekend of fine cheese and wine...what more could you want :)

0 of 1 found helpful

Delicious cheese, delicious wine. So much to choose! #spoiltforchoice