In a more lighter message than those of recent times, Prince Charles has taken to social media to share a special tribute in honour of the British Cheese Weekender. The Prince of Wales also shared a favourite ‘cheesy’ recipe of his and The Duchess of Cornwall – Cheesy Baked Eggs.


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“One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food. It is, therefore, deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese!” . On the final day of the #BritishCheeseWeekender, The Prince of Wales has released a message to encourage us all to support British cheesemakers. His Royal Highness has been Patron of the Speciality Cheesemakers Association since 1993. 🧀 . “British cheesemakers need our support during this time of great uncertainty, and we can all help in the simplest way. By sourcing British cheese from local shops and cheesemongers, and directly from producers online, you can make a vital contribution to keeping these small businesses afloat during the prevailing crisis” . The Prince has also shared one of his favourite recipes, Cheesy Baked Eggs, which can be made by using any number of our great British cheeses. 🧀🍳 . Enjoy the last of the British Cheese Weekender events by following the link in our Instagram Story.

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In a letter shared on the Clarence House Instagram page, The Prince of Wales, who is Patron of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, said, “As we continue to suffer from the ever more dreadful consequences of the global Coronavirus pandemic, it has been tremendously heartening to hear of so many people supporting their neighbours and communities in whatever way they can. It is encouraging, too, to hear of people using this time at home to indulge in the pleasure of cooking; embracing their kitchens and enjoying home-cooked meals. One thing that undoubtedly brings many of us great comfort is good food. It is, therefore, deeply troubling to learn that this crisis risks destroying one of the most wonderful joys in life – British cheese!”

The inaugural British Cheese Weekender took place 8th-10th May and saw a series of live virtual masterclasses hosted by top cheese experts. Led by the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, the Academy of Cheese and the Guild of Fine Food, the online event showcased come of the country’s top cheeses as well as raising awareness of the current crisis and how shoppers can connect with local cheesemakers.

Prince Charles continued, “‘The closure of our pubs and restaurants has had a devastating impact on the sales of British cheese, and I understand that some of our smallest producers are really suffering as a result. I am sure that I am not alone in thinking that it would be an immense tragedy if these historic businesses were lost forever, to say nothing about the wonderfully flavoursome, memorable and diverse range of cheeses they produce. As Patron of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, I know all too well that this country now has some of the finest cheesemakers in the world. And, if I may say so, it is a great injustice that our cheesemakers rarely receive the same degree of recognition that their continental cousins receive across the Channel.”

Throughout the event, people at home were encouraged to tune in and learn more about cheese while enjoying a taste or two of their favourites.

The Prince of Wales concluded, “Many of these are small, family-run businesses, working to historic methods with irreplaceable knowledge and making the most delicious products imaginable. British cheesemakers need our support during this time of great uncertainty, and we can all help in the simplest way. By sourcing British cheese from local shops and cheesemongers, and directly from producers online, you can make a vital contribution to keeping these small businesses afloat during the prevailing crisis. This weekend is the ‘British Cheese Weekender’, a celebration of all the diverse and skilled producers up and down the British Isles. I can only encourage you, if at all possible, to visit the Specialist Cheesemakers Association’s website and to assist these unique small businesses, the majority of which are seeing less than 50% of what they were selling two months ago, by trying something new and buying online.”

In the Instagram post, Prince Charles also encouraged people to try a favourite recipe of his and The Duchess of Cornwall – Cheesy Baked Eggs – for which he shared the recipe and method.

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