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Cheese keeps rolling

An obstacle course for cheeses will launch Chester’s Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival next Tuesday

Published on February 12th 2010.

Cheese keeps rolling

NEVER mind the Winter Olympics, the sporting event of the year is taking place much closer to home. Crowds will line the streets of Chester on Tuesday to cheer on the cheese-pushers as they roll and cajole their cheeses around an obstacle course.

Each one will need to roll a wheel of cheese down a hill, around a course consisting of hay bales and back up the hill again.

Eight teams of four will be hoping to be crowned champion of the cheese rollers. Each one will need to roll a wheel of cheese down a hill, around a course consisting of hay bales and back up the hill again.

Rules are strict and judges will be looking to see if cheeses stay on the straight and narrow and within the course barriers. The eight teams will include Cheshire Cheese, Lancashire Cheese, Love Food Hate Waste and Cheshire West and Cheshire Schools Catering team. All have been practicing for weeks.

A few things you may not know about Cheshire Cheese; it’s one of the oldest recorded cheeses in British history and is referred to in the Domesday Book. It’s also Britain’s biggest selling crumbly cheese. And it used to be harder than it is now, so that it could withstand the rigours of transport by horse and cart.

As well as the competition, there will be a variety of food and drink stalls selling the best produce of the county, including Cheshire chocolates, ice-cream and of course, Cheshire Cheese.

These festivities are to celebrate launch of the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival which centres around the Taste Festival at Chester Racecourse on 3-5 April. Celebrity chef demonstrations, hundreds of food, drink and lifestyle stalls, and kids cookery classes will make this one of the biggest food festivals in the North West.

The cheese rolling competition will take place on Tuesday 16 February at 11.30am on Bridge Street in Chester.

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