Just down the road from Attic Self Storage in King’s Cross, tucked in between Waitrose and Central Saint Martins under the West Handyside Canopy, is a mouthwatering monthly market.
Canopy Market, as it’s called, is open on Friday 24th (12–8pm) Saturday 25th (11–6pm) and Sunday 26th (11–6pm) of November for three days of full-on foodie indulgence.
Roll out the red tablecloth! The tastiest cheeses in the world are coming to Canopy Market this month to compete for the top accolade in the cheese world (the cheese Oscars if you will). The Guild of Fine Food will be running the show and dishing out the prizes.
Anyone who’s anyone in the cheese-making world will be there to show off their wares in what promises to be not just an awards show but also a champion cheese festival.
Sample a small selection of the cheese companies who are on the celebrity guest list:
‘Bath Soft Cheese’ – hand-made organic cheeses, including Wyfe of Bath and the 2014 World Champion Bath Blue Cheese.
‘White Lake Cheese’ – goat, sheep and cow’s milk creations from Somerset.
‘The Fine Cheese Co’ – mostly unpasteurized traditionally made farmhouse cheeses including Keen’s Extra Mature and Colston Bassett.
‘Caws Cenarth’ – Welsh Cheese makers famed for their creamy Caerffili.
If you’re interested in creations from further afield there are some continental contenders:
‘Odysea’ – An award winning range of traditional feta and regional Greek cheese.
‘Vallebona’ – Italian specialists with their gold award medallist Gorgonzola Naturale.
‘Borough Cheese Company’ – Cheese lovingly transported from the French mountains.
The cheese theme extends to some of the street food that’s on offer. Visit ‘Le Rac Shack (AKA ‘Masters of the Melt’) to enjoy whole wheels of Raclette cheese melted over French fries or crushed potatoes.
Put ‘Grill My Cheese’ to the test as they claim to create the best cheese toastie of all time. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous try Bombay Chilli Cheese Toast from ‘Indian Street Kitchen’.
In addition to the cheese awards, The Charcuterie Board are presenting an exclusive line-up of the best British artisan charcuterie producers. Cured meats, sausages, pates, terrines and dips will all be there in abundance.
Other stalls will supply you with artisan bread, craft beer, fresh coffee, handmade sweets and desserts. You can source all sorts of cooking ingredients like herbs, spices and peppers, along with organic olives, vegetarian Kimchi, English wine and chilli-infused urban honey. Yummy.
Amongst the food you’ll find the usual smattering of art, design and craft stalls if you’re looking to fill a few stockings and not just your own belly.
On Friday there’s live music from ‘Unexpected Guests’ – a jazz funk trio. On Sunday a jazz guitar duo will be playing up-tempo swing gypsy jazz. And on Saturday DJs Claire Kalvis and Brett Franklin will be playing old soul, new soul, deep soul, rare soul, funky soul and no doubt some cheesy soul classics.
If you fancy a slice of this pre-Christmas cheese fest, pop your head into Attic Self Storage in York Way and we’ll be only too happy to give you directions to The Canopy Market.
Alternatively type N1C 4BH into Google maps. Or just come out of King’s Cross station and follow your nose.
Cheers and Cheesy Wotsits!