With studies showing that high fat cheese could be the secret to a healthy life artisan cheesemaker Simon Lacey is gearing up for a busy time at Stewart Park Frost Fair.
Simon, from Laceys Cheese, is one of a record number of independent food producers who will be at the Frost Fair on Sunday, December 4.
Simon uses traditional methods to make a wide range of cheese, including Wensleydale and mature Cheddar, both of which are a ‘must have’ on many Christmas dinner tables.
He says: “One of the studies shows that people who eat cheese have higher butyrate levels in their body, a compound linked to a reduction in cholesterol, while another study showed that blue cheese has specific anti-inflammatory properties.
“For small independent producers like me it’s great news and shows that rather than avoiding eating cheese people should enjoy it in moderation, knowing that it could bring health benefits.”
Simon – who also runs cheese-making courses – is now working round the clock to keep up with demand and has increased his range to incorporate shoppers’ changing tastes.
He said: “More and more shoppers are looking for something different, something that’s not available on supermarket shelves so I’m always reviewing the range and introducing new flavours.
“People are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and what goes into it, and I can tell them what goes into every cheese I make and how by using the very best raw ingredients means I can produce such high quality cheese.”
More than 45 local food producers are attending the Frost Fair. They include The Jar House, Pie Jackers, The Clucking Pig Company, Wrefords’ Farm, Urban Fudge, The Sawley Kitchen, Bluebell Organics, Ox Close Fine Foods, Crumble & Slice, Jennybeth Chocolates, Garth Cottage Herbs, Acorn Preserves, The Twisted Chilli, Labour of Loaf, Shire Honey, Chunk Chocolates, The Gingerbread Mam, Asharun Spices, Elizabeth’s Kitchen, Kirky Jerky, The Lickerish Tooth Ltd, Gluten Free Food Products, Grange Hog Roast, The Noodle Shack, Big D’s BBQ and Belgian Waffle Tuk.
• The Frost Fair takes place at Stewart Park Middlesbrough, on Sunday, December 4, from 9am to 2pm and also features gift stalls.