Cheshire’s exciting new CheeseFEAST Festival is being held on 16-17 November at the Lion Salt Works.


Find time to ‘unrind’ at a two-day boutique festival for cheese lovers.

Both CheeseFEAST days will feature cheese-themed cookery demonstrations and a tour around a specially-sourced exhibition of archive cheese and dairy implements from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Museums. The fascinating exhibition will surprise and amuse with quirky tales about Cheshire’s dairy and cheese industry and how salt was a key ingredient in its success.

‘The Cheese Tent’ by Aardman Animations

In an exclusive tie-up with Aardman Animations, the exhibition also features the original model of ‘The Cheese Tent’ from the film ‘Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit’.

This ticketed event, running from 10.30am to 5pm, gives visitors the chance to enjoy a day-long programme of fascinating cheese talks, demonstrations and tastings for just £8 per person (see programme below)

Parking is free. Tickets for these events are available by calling the Lion Salt Works Museum on 01606 275066 or online at:


Cheshire Cheese

Cheshire cheeses, including Delamere Dairy’s goat’s cheese and two Burt’s cheeses plus cheese from Bourne’s, Appleby, Crabtree and Tiresford

Saturday 16 November  (£8 per ticket for this programme)

10.30am  Tour of the Museum’s new Dairy and Cheese Exhibition. The exhibition also features Aardman Animations’ model of ‘The Cheese Tent’ from the film ‘Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit’.

11.45am  ‘Live’ cookery demonstration, featuring cheese recipes given by Italian cookery expert Paola Cecchini, La Cucina Di Paola

Lunch break

2pm  Author of ‘Great British Cheeses’, Jenny Linford, talks about her book.

3pm  Talk by Debbie Heritage from Reaseheath College about cheese production and the college’s industry-leading dairy and cheese courses.

4pm  Quirky talk by ‘Periodic Table of Cheese’ founder, Dan Akers, about why he invented this animated game

Sunday 17 November (£8 per ticket for this full-day programme)

10.30am  Exhibition Tour of the Museum’s new temporary exhibition (as for Saturday)

11.45am  ‘Live’ cookery demonstration, concentrating on cheese recipes, with leading Chester-based Italian restaurant, Da Noi of Bridge Street, Chester

Lunch break

2pm  Godfrey C Williams & Son in Sandbach – purveyors of fine cheeses. Talk by Daniel Williams, Fifth Generation and Project Manager, who has historic connections to the Lion Salt Works.

3pm  Talk by prize-wining, Joseph Heler Cheeses of Nantwich

4pm  ‘Live’ cookery demonstration, featuring recipes with cheese, by the renowned Vegetarian Society’s Cookery School, based in Altrincham

Lunch can be purchased in the Museum’s café and the nearby Salt Barge pub will be selling cheese-themed food.

A pickling and fermenting workshop will be held by The Fairland Collective over lunch and in the afternoon of Saturday 16 November as part of their project ‘The Great Salt’  – a collaboration with FEAST Journal and the Lion Salt Works Museum.  People will be able to taste, prepare and take home a variety of recipes as well as hearing about the Collective’s research into how the salt industry has shaped culinary traditions and the local environment.