Travelers with a refined palate may have a penchant for pungent cheeses. If this is the case, a trip to the U.K. this spring can be a cheese-lovers delight, as the variety called Stilton is celebrated throughout three central counties in England with a unique set of events and attractions.
Real Stilton only comes from the small part of the country, manufactured by a handful of companies that have perfected the art of crafting this strong and flavorful cheese. Only six have been officially certified to produce the product that is shipped all over the world and enjoyed by many. Roughly one million are made annually and distributed to more than 40 countries across the globe, reports the official Stilton cheese website.
If guests happen to venture to the area, they can visit some of the dairy farmsand either purchase some of the cheese or take a short tour of the processing rooms. At the Cropwell Bishop Creamery, for instance, guests may choose from several different kinds of Stilton, including organic blue. The white version they create comes with different additives, including dates, blueberries or candied lemon. These cheeses can be used on their own or in recipes, such as stuffed mushrooms or baked into crackers.
Locals and visitors alike adore this cheese so much that there is an official Stilton Week celebration in the middle of April. Several organizations throughout England will participate in the occasion that welcomes all to try Stilton in a variety of dishes. The famous Harrods retail brand will be hosting sampling at their store throughout the week, while other companies will throw galas and dinner in cities like London and Manchester.
After travelers have gotten their fill of Stilton Week, they can stick around to the beginning of May to witness the unusual event that has attracted spectators by the hundreds throughout the years. The annual Stilton Cheese Rolling competition will take place in the town appropriately named Stilton and has contestants of all ages from teams to navigate large rolls throughout the city streets. Guests line the raceway and cheer on their favorites as they battle out for first place bragging rights.
Those who enjoy local traditions and seeing new things on Europe travel excursions will want to take part in Stilton mania throughout England this spring.
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