Grace Dent Launches We Love Cheese in Dickens Yard

Dickens Yard in Ealing came alive on Sunday 8th October as hundreds of residents and visitors attended the first ever We Love Cheese festival in the development. The event was held to celebrate the launch of the new weekly Ealing Artisan market, run by local organisers Eat Me Drink Me.

Produce stalls including Brocklebys Pies, Picks Organic Farms, Limpopo Biltong, GB Cheesecake and Claude’s Boulangerie lined up alongside cheesy street food from the likes of Grill My Cheese and Honest Burgers, who launched their latest cheeseburger: The Ealing. Abbotshill Wine Bar & Deli joined forces with Formaggi & Cheese and ES Magazine’s restaurant critic Grace Dent to run wine & cheese pairings in the Ealing Bites talks tent.

The hotly contested Cheese Cup award was voted for by guests and was won by reigning champion Capo Caccia with their Blusard cheese from Sardinia.

Ealing Artisan will start on Sunday 15th October when the street food line up will feature Muffin Man & Co, Indian Street Kitchen and Nha Trang, with Chapter Coffee and Abbotshill on hand to provide refreshments. There’s a kids craft area, with giant games supplied by Dickens Yard resident Charlotte W5, live music and all the food stalls you could need for your weekly alternative to the supermarket shop.

The market will take place in Dickens Yard every Sunday from 11-3pm.

Cheese Fest 2017

June 11th saw the first ever W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest come to the streets of Ealing. An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, our monthly Sunday food market got cheesy for the day.

A glorious day was had by all at our inaugural Cheese Fest. Many thanks to everyone who came along to participate in the Cheese Cup tasting, and to our lovely traders who pulled out all the stops to make it a fabulous day.

It was stiff competition for best cheese, but in the end it was Capo Caccia's pecorino blue cheese 'Ovinforth' who narrowly pipped Andaluz's rosemary manchego 'Flor de Romero'. Special thanks to Ealing's own Abbotshill Wine Bar for a lovely place to relax at the market, and to Northfield's LoveHandmade who provided the winners' cheese board prizes.

Capo Caccia Fine Food

Capo Caccia Fine Food bring a taste of Sardinia to London with their unique range of charcuterie and cheese sourced directly from Sardinian producers. Firm favourites include Pecorino Sardo; Pane Carasau –traditional Sardinian flatbread; gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli; and more unusual items such as Bottarga, a wonderful dried fish roe known as Sardinian caviar, which can be added to pasta or shaved directly onto vegetables for your next dinner party.

www.capocaccia.co.uk

@capocacciafinef

Tell us about yourself and your business

I started Capo Caccia in 2012 so that I could bring my love of traditional Sardinian food to London. We regularly travel throughout Sardinia meeting cheese producers, butchers and farmers and sourcing the finest regional staples to bring a unique range of charcuterie and cheese to London.

We sell the finest Pecorino cheese, Ricotta Mustia, a smoked dried Ricotta alongside Pane Carasau, a traditional Sardinian flatbread. We often sell out of our popular range of gluten and lactose-free salami seasoned with fennel, myrtle leaves and sun dried chilli and marinated in red and white wine.

Another hit with meat lovers is Mustela, a traditional southern Sardinian cured pork loin, and Bottarga, a wonderful fish roe known as Sardinian caviar that can be added to pasta or shaved directly on to vegetables as a starter.

Another tasty delight is Malloredus gnocchi, tiny dumplings with an elongated, elegant conch shape and Fregola, semolina dough that has been rolled into fine balls and toasted in an oven.
You’ll find us across London at the finest food markets and you can also find our charcuterie and cheese at restaurants and food shops in the Capital.

We’re passionate about the amazing food that comes from Sardinia and it’s a pleasure to be able to share our passion with you and work with small, artisan producers to bring a taste of Sardinia to London.

What did you do before starting this business

Since I moved to London 15 years ago, I've been working in the fine food business. I started selling Sardinian products at Borough Market for 3 years and I worked for other Italian fine food importer like Guidetti fine food and Ham&Cheese Co. In Italy I was an agronomist working with farmers and I did a PHD in climate change. I started my own business 5 years ago with the objective to import the finest food from Sardinia to London, working very closely with my producers and farmers, supporting them and the Sardinian culture.

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What were the main motivations for starting your business

As I said before, since I moved to London, I had the idea to import Sardinian products. I'd been working with producers and farmers in Sardinia and I saw a good potential and an amazing range of products and solid family business with a great background, story and produce. I specialise in Sardinian products because I would like to tell the story of Sardinia through its products. Every area or town has its own bread, recipe or cheese that tell you about the place, the people and the traditions.

What is your inspiration for what you do

After 15 years I still get excited when I receive the delivery from Sardinia and I can't wait to be at the market to talk about the new products with my customers.  I've discovered new products, farms and places in Sardinia and I've also started to bring my clients to Sardinia to meet the producers. I'm still inspired by my homeland and I'm proud to support it!

What do you love most about what you do

Finding new products, bringing them to London and trying them with my customers.

What advice would you give to a new trader starting out

Have in mind a clear idea of what you would like to sell and why you would like to sell it. Think where you want to be with your products in few years time. On top of that, Passion and Love for your own business.

Do you have any links to Ealing

A few good friends living there.

Where do you source your materials from and is this important to you

Sardinia

Where do you get inspiration for new products from

I do a lots of research and I speak a lot with my producers. I meet new products and I visit Sardinia at least twice a year, looking for new products and trying new menu and restaurants.

What's more important to you colour or texture

Texture and colour

Where's your favourite place to eat in London

Anchor and Hope Waterloo
Platform 1 East Dulwich
Mamma Dough Peckham
Patron Kentish town

Sweet or savoury

Savoury

What's your essential dinner party ingredient

Sharing platter with cheese and salami, good wine, craft beer

 

Capo Caccia are taking part in the W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest.

An official event in the Evening Standard London Food Month, Eat Me Drink Me’s monthly Sunday food market is ramping up the excitement with an event worshipping cheese. 

Find out more

Are you a trader? We have a number of events and markets throughout the year and are always on the look-out for exciting new traders to join our family. If you would like to be an Eat Me Drink Me trader please take a look at our Trader page.

A-Z of London Food Month

The W5 Food Market: Cheese Fest has been mentioned in the Evening Standard's A-Z of London Food Month - C is for cheese! Join us on the 11th June for a cheesetastic day of cheese-centric street food traders, cheese traders from around the world plus your essential cheese board accompaniments, pop-up bars, kids’ crafts, live music and a chance to vote for your favourite cheese in the inaugural Cheese Cup.