As Slow Food's Cheese event in Italy goes on without me this weekend, (how could they!) I thought I should take some time to reflect upon my cheese tasting adventures over the last five months.
La Fête du Fromage was born April 18 and since then I've tasted 49 cheeses. Well, 50 if you count the Bleu de Chèvre and Chèvre Bleu as different cheeses. They looked and tasted completely different, so I do.
My favorite fromage has to be the heady, earthy and exquisite Banon.
And the most foul tasting, evil cheese has to be the infamous Boulette d'Avesnes. I know there are those out there who love it, but I'll happily steer clear of this one.
I equally love the different qualities of sheep, goat and cow's milk cheeses. They've all impressed me in different ways. Before la Fête I thought that fromage de brebis would be my all around favorite. Not so.
There are some excellent cheese sources out there on the Internet.
Fromages.com has been extremely helpful, as has univers-fromages.com
I plan on continuing with la Fête du Fromage for a while longer. I've yet to taste Epoisses deBourgogne, Saint-Maure de Touraine or Gaperon. And I'm still searching for Brie de Melun and Pouligny-Saint-Pierre.
Are there any French cheeses that you can recommend?