Sciapod Dairy – Cheeses of Suffolk – Lost and Found

The rise and fall of the cheeses of Suffolk from 1300 to the present day.

Herbed goat's cheeses
Herbed goat’s cheeses

With names such as Bang, Thump and Trip, the story of cheese making in Suffolk encompasses social history, chemistry, ethics and fashion. The presentation tells the story of my  journey to find and recreate the lost cheeses of Suffolk and invent some of my own, to make a perfect Suffolk cheese board. Along the way, Pepys, Defoe and others wrote everything from diary entries to poems deriding the product and as cheese making gave way to butter making, people were taken to court and deported.

Now cheese making is rising again with new producers around the county offering their modern take on Suffolk cheese. My own efforts at making cheese vary from the very successful to outright disasters!

Options of talks with demos will include butter or mozzarella making, with tasting includes a platter of modern Suffolk cheeses to share and discuss.


  • Talk (approx. 45-60mins)
  • Talk with butter or cheese making demo (60-75 mins)
  • Talk and Tasting (approx. 60 mins)
  • Talk, demo and tasting (approx. 90 mins)
  • Demos and chats as part of festivals (full or part days)

Examples: -WIs, Suffolk Show, Easton Farm Park

For more information on my cheese project read the Sciapod Dairy Diary



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