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In desperate need of a bit of quiet time and with the lure of a celebration of cheese, I took myself off to Vic for the afternoon last Sunday to check out the ‘Lactium’ cheese fair being held there. The fair was a showcase and opportunity to taste a wide variety of artesan cheese from producers from around Catalonia.
Despite the ominous black clouds looming overhead the rain held off so I was able to enjoy a stroll up and down the vast array of stalls sampling cube after cube of predominantly sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, as well as creamy cheesecakes and delicious yogurts.
The selection was vast and there were far too many producers to list and name here, however all seemed to produce cheeses of outstanding quality, many had won prizes at this and previous events and a huge number were creating products with unpasturised milk. It was also interesting to see equipment that has been used in traditional cheese making in the past.
Having not quite had my fill of cheese I then took the opportunity to sample a taster plate and a glass of wine from the Pla de Bages region that was being offered in the tasting tent.
Seven pieces of cheese, including a delicious soft cheese accompanied by fruit, membrillo, a slice of walnut and sultana bread and the most delicious, fresh almonds and hazlenuts I have ever tasted, with a powerful peppery glass of red alongside. For 5 euros this was the best and cheapest lunch I have had in a long time.
By this time I realised that there’s probably only so much cheese a girl can eat in one day but not wanting to go home empty handed I had to make the incredibly difficult decision of what to choose. In the end I choose the El Cuirol, a strong, tangy, lemony goat’s cheese, slightly tinged with blue on the crust, produced by Formatges Cuirol in La Nou in the moutainous region of Bergueda.
After the cheese bonanza I took a stroll around Vic itself, the surrounding area of pine forests and crags made for a beautiful journey on the train approaching the town. Vic itself has a compact historical centre of narrow and on Sunday deserted cobbled streets and roman remains which were perfect for the Sunday peace I was craving. I particularly loved the enormous, arch bordered square, roman bridge and temple.
‘Lactium’ cheese festival, Vic. Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May.