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Cheese Adventures in the Auvergne

Olliergues, France

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Experience hosted by Nigel

2.5 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, French

What you'll do

The best way to explore a country is with your taste-buds!

Our 'Cheese School' takes place in our 1930's chambre d'hote in the beautiful Livradois Mountains and forests. Without leaving the kitchen table, we take you on a journey around the famous Auvergne 'Route des Fromages' (saving you a several day road trip!), tasting and discussing the Auvergne's 5 AOP cheeses and, as a bonus, lesser-know local artisan cheeses.
Taste different milk types - goat, cow and sheep, raw milk versus pasteurised, fresh cheese alongside mature. Immerse yourself in French food culture with myths and legends behind each cheese. Discover how to pair different styles with wines, beers, ciders or soft drinks and try interesting new accompaniments. Learn what to look for when buying cheese, how best to store, cut and present your cheeseboard for personal pleasure or parties alike.
Our cheese tastings are in English, include accompaniments, drinks and could quite happily replace lunch or supper! And, if like us, you fall in love with the region's produce, we'll happily assist you to 'meet the maker' and share our favourite markets and 'secret' artisan producers.
Other things to note
Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or preferences in advance. Children are more than welcome but sadly, we do not accept pets. We have parking and hard-standing for motorbikes.
The best way to explore a country is with your taste-buds!

Our 'Cheese School' takes place in our 1930's chambre d'hote in the beautiful Livradois Mountains and forests. Without leaving the kitchen table, we take you on a journey around the famous Auvergne 'Route des Fromages' (saving you a several day road trip!), tasting and discussing the Auvergne's 5 AOP cheeses and, as a bonus, lesser-know local artisan cheeses.
Taste dif…

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What's included

  • Food
    A platter of locally produced cheeses and accompaniments such as bread, bis...
  • Drinks
    Sample beverages to accompany cheese. Also coffee, tea and water always av...
From £36
/ person
Fri, 27 Nov
12:00 - 14:30
£36 per person
£36 per person
Sat, 28 Nov
12:30 - 15:00
£36 per person
£36 per person
Sun, 29 Nov
12:00 - 14:30
£36 per person
£36 per person

Meet your host, Nigel

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 29 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am an award winning chef, food writer and broadcaster, with a passion for local food and an obsession with cheese. With my husband (an award winning restaurateur with over 20 years of experience pairing wine, beer, spirit and soft drinks with diverse menus and foods) we live in the Auvergne, possibly the most famous region in France for cheese. Together, we have trained hundreds of hospitality professionals (as well as a few 'normal' people!) in the art of cheese tasting, pairing, handling and presentation. We'd love to share our passion and our amazing local cheeses with you!
I am an award winning chef, food writer and broadcaster, with a passion for local food and an obsession with cheese. With my husband (an award winning restaurateur with over 20 years of experience pairing wine, beer, spirit and soft drinks with diverse menus and foods) we live in the Auvergne, possibly the most famous region in France for cheese. Together, we have trained hundreds of hospitality professionals (as well as a few 'normal' people!) in the art of cheese tasting, pairing, handling a…
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Where you'll be

A warm welcome awaits you at our cheese laden table along with drinks to refresh the palate. Once settled in, we set off on an edible journey around the Auvergne, tasting AOP cheeses and discovering lesser know artisanal gems. A unique opportunity to taste how different processes , age, location and the cheese-maker's individuality effect the cheese's flavour. Sit at ease in good company and let your tastebuds do the traveling.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 29 reviews.

Christophe
October 2020
Venez découvrir Samantba et Nigel, couple UK qui nous apprennent et nous font découvrir ces fabuleux produits. Mais pas que , nous avons échanger sur tellement sujets Merci
Alisson
October 2020
Dégustation parfaite ! Il faut arriver le ventre vide afin de pouvoir en profiter pleinement. Accueil chaleureux et souriant. Je recommande grandement le passage chez Cheeseskool :)
Sarah
September 2020
Superbe expérience! Dans une ambiance très sympathique, autour d une grande table où malheureusement nous n avons pas pu partager le couvert avec nos hôtes du fait des mesures sanitaires. Mais tout de même excellent moment partagé avec nos hôtes qui avaient moules anecdotes à nous compter sans parler de la qualité du repas qui nous a emplies de joie! Superbe étape de notre tour d Auvergne dans un paysage magnifique sur les hauteurs du très authentique village d’Olliergues! Je recommande fortement cette expérience a tous les gourmands francophones ou non!
Superbe expérience! Dans une ambiance très sympathique, autour d une grande table où malheureusement nous n avons pas pu partager le couvert avec nos hôtes du fait des mesures sani…
Sara
August 2020
Une experience a vivre en couple, seul ou meme en famille. On a pu apprendre énormément de choses sur les fromages et sur l'histoire de la région. Nous avons passé une super apres midi avec Nigel et Sam. Je recommande à 100% PS: Il faut être prêt àprendre 1kg ou 2 😁
Une experience a vivre en couple, seul ou meme en famille. On a pu apprendre énormément de choses sur les fromages et sur l'histoire de la région. Nous avons passé une super apres…
Inken
August 2020
The Cheese Experience was superb! It was a really well structured look into all the different kinds of cheeses being made in the region. Samantha and Nigel truly know what they are talking about and between every step they had an interesting backstory to share.
The Cheese Experience was superb! It was a really well structured look into all the different kinds of cheeses being made in the region. Samantha and Nigel truly know what they are…
Sylvain
August 2020
Un acceuil chaleureux avec un paysage magnifique. La dégustation était très bonne avec de nombreux fromages, charcuterie légère, etc... La présentation en Français était parfaite. Une expérience que je recommande.

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.