The weather is getting slightly warmer (not tempting fate right now) and we’re starting to get used to being able to spend some time outside in a state of, god forbid, near normality. So of course, now is when we start looking forward to our outdoor events and with that comes picnics and with picnics, should come cheese. I wanted to first look at summer cheese and then dive into some summer cheese picnic recommendations and pairings for you all to enjoy this year.

Is Summer cheese a thing?

In short, yes. Yes it is.

Why? How? Well, it’s due to the fauna the animals eat through different seasons. You can read all about the terroir and cheese in our other post, but suffice to say, what animals eat makes a difference season to season. Hence, summer cheeses are a reflection of that.

With that, I would be looking at all the beautiful mix of fresh cheeses that are available this time of the year. There are some absolutely stunning fresh cheeses available somewhere like Neal’s Yard, who offer Goat’s curd, fresh ricotta and a beautiful cheese called Graceburn.

So we’ve got a few fresh cheeses to tuck into, but now to plan that perfect picnic and pairings for your summer cheeses.

Summer Picnic Cheese Pairings

Let’s start looking at some of the food pairings that are perfect for your summer cheese picnic, and for me, this starts with some summer fruits.

You can really use any summer fruits you like, but these really make certain cheeses pop and so they’re my favourite choices by far. Which cheeses do they go best with?

Now, if you have all of these cheeses and fresh fruits, you should probably take something to wash them all down with at the same time? Right? Yes. Exactly.

The above selection of cheeses and fruits would balance across a number of different drink choices, so I’ll give a middle ground on across them all, to try and suit most people’s tastes.


Wine & Spirits

It would be completely remiss of me if I did not recommend something sparkling when it comes to cheese pairings. There are so many things that a good sparkling goes with, but here are some of my recommendations outside of beers.

I hope you have enjoyed our little trip down preparing for your summer picnic and what to go with it all. If you would like more information on other aspects of the perfect summer cheese picnic basket, I’d love to dig more into some great crackers, other details on more specific cheese etc. just let me know if the comments.

If you haven’t already downloaded the Cheezus app, well, you should really shouldn’t you? That’ll help you get an idea of what wonderful cheese is out there and what great pairings go with them.

Happy cheesing!

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