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Friday, September 21, 2007

Slow Cheese - Day 1

Today will be a long day and it marks the reason why we're in Turin to begin with. Slow Cheese 2007 is on, a biennial event held in the nearby town of Bra.

In a little over an hour by train we find ourselves in cheese HQ.

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We're come bright and early - the exhibitors still finishing off their stands as we stroll through the town - a perfect example of organised chaos.

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It's nearly impossible to comprehend the size of this event - it's staggeringly large.



Maybe the map will put it in perspective.

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This is just one of the tent enclosures.

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Neals Yard Dairy is in this stand as too are Quicks

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who have brought alone just a few rounds of cheddar.


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This massive tent houses the Great Hall of Cheese and Enoteca and the House of Blue where over 1500 wines were available to taste by the glass along with over 200 cheeses. The House of Blue Cheese offered another 100+for tasting.

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Australia was represented in the House of Blue by Gippsland Blue from Tarago River

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and Meredith Blue

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It's in the House of Blue Cheese that we met what must be the ugliest cheese in the world

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Seriously, that is ugly, It looks like someone baked a cake, then threw it in the dirt where they let it get all mouldly, It was so ugly we just had to taste it.

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Here it is a Gamonedo from Spain, a goats milk blue using raw milk

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and whatever angle you look at it, it is still ugly.

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We did finally take a bite and we both found we had to pshyce ourselves into it, trying to work out just which part of it we might just slip into our mouths.

To be honest, it wasn't too bad, it had the consistency and taste of a parmesan but after our initial nibble, we decided to forgo the rest of the piece.

I have many more photos from the first day that I still have to go through but I'll be doing that when I have a bit more time and a more steady internet connection.

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