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Monday, 16 September 2019
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Cheese festival had hardly any CHEESE

Cheese festival had hardly any CHEESE

A major row has broken out over a Brighton cheese festival because it only had one 'artisan' cheese stall and there were 80 minute queues for the halloumi fries.

Cheesefest organisers faced fury from hundreds who had traveled to the event in the seaside city and admitted later it had not 'anticipated' the 'demand for the cheese on offer'.

The event promised a celebration of cheese with dozens of stalls offering melted raclette, cheese wheels, gooey mozarella sticks and the 'most amazing mac and cheese in the world.'

Unfortunately visitors who paid up to £6 in advance for entrance to the event at Brighton's Victoria Gardens faced a lack of cheese and queues of over an hour to buy from stalls.

One irate festivalgoer pointed out that the cheese wheels, fondue, nachos, baked camembert and quiche promised in a promo film never materialised - others said they stayed for less than five minutes.

Cheesefest organisers faced fury from hundreds who had traveled to the event in Brighton and admitted: 'The demand for the cheese on offer wasn't anticipated' with stalls sold out or not having any cheese at all
Cheesefest organisers faced fury from hundreds who had traveled to the event in Brighton and admitted: 'The demand for the cheese on offer wasn't anticipated' with stalls sold out or not having any cheese at all

Cheesefest organisers faced fury from hundreds who had traveled to the event in Brighton and admitted: 'The demand for the cheese on offer wasn't anticipated' with stalls sold out or not having any cheese at all

Visitors who paid up to £6 in advance for entrance to the event at the Brighton's Victoria Gardens faced a lack of cheese and monster queues over the weekend
Visitors who paid up to £6 in advance for entrance to the event at the Brighton's Victoria Gardens faced a lack of cheese and monster queues over the weekend

Visitors who paid up to £6 in advance for entrance to the event at the Brighton's Victoria Gardens faced a lack of cheese and monster queues over the weekend

Another said: 'When a cheese fest doesn't have anywhere to buy a block of cheese - I'm going with that's a fail'. 

Hundreds were left furious by the festival and slammed it as the 'worst rip-off ever.'

They said there were hardly any food stalls, the promised cheesy treats on offer were mysteriously missing and queues for what little food was on sale were massive. 

Renowned food critic Jay Rayner tweeted: 'Want to see a food festival disaster in real time? Go look at #cheesefest Ouch and so on.'

Danielle Woolcott-King wrote on Facebook: 'Wow CheeseFest Brighton I could have had better cheese at home.

'I hold 6 cheeses in my fridge which is more than you had at your whole festival. The only thing worth eating was the raclette. Pretty much every other stall was serving catering sacks of mild cheddar. Wow. They should be ashamed of themselves.'

Natalie Patrick wrote: 'Can't believe how bad it was. The only thing I bought in there was a fruit danish as the queues were horrendous and the bakery was the only one without a queue. No cheese. Stands selling pizza and fries that you could get anywhere. What a rip off!!'

After visiting the festival on Saturday, Brighton food blogger Aisling Brock wrote: 'Their marketing video boasted cheese such as cheese wheels, mozzarella sticks, fondue, nachos, baked camembert, and quiche  none of which were available.

'The event was marketed as selling cheese food items, so I mainly expected hot food vendors, but I was really surprised that there was only one actual cheese vendor.

'They were one of the stands that sold out while we were there. It just seems bizarre that CheeseFest wouldn't include more cheesemongers.'

Huge crowds flocked to Brighton's Victoria Gardens but many were disappointed on Saturday
Huge crowds flocked to Brighton's Victoria Gardens but many were disappointed on Saturday

Huge crowds flocked to Brighton's Victoria Gardens but many were disappointed on Saturday

Food critic Jay Rayner tweeted about the chaos and how cheese festival organisers misjudged the demand for cheese 
Food critic Jay Rayner tweeted about the chaos and how cheese festival organisers misjudged the demand for cheese 

Food critic Jay Rayner tweeted about the chaos and how cheese festival organisers misjudged the demand for cheese 

A Facebook group called Brighton CheeseFest Sucks to echo visitors' criticism of the event was even set up.

Anna Cronin wrote: 'Here's how I summed it up: It was a total rip-off - £5 admission charge to take your pick of ridiculously long queues for fast-food or drink outlets to stand in!!

'Just one "artisan cheese" stall with very little cheese!! They should be ashamed of promoting this as a cheese festival. It was about cramming as many people as they could into a small space and charging them for the privilege. Shameful con!'

With hundreds of disappointed cheeselovers abandoning the event, nearby businesses, BrewDog and The Great British Charcuterie Company reacted to customers' woes by offering discounted cheese boards to those with wristbands for the festival.

Hundreds were left furious by the festival and slammed it as the 'worst rip-off ever'
Hundreds were left furious by the festival and slammed it as the 'worst rip-off ever'

Hundreds were left furious by the festival and slammed it as the 'worst rip-off ever'

Organisers said the demand for the cheese on offer wasn't anticipated but that queues were not as long on Sunday and traders were told to bring more stock.

A CheeseFest spokesman said: 'The weekend has been a great success and people have enjoyed some amazing cheeses.

'We had some technical difficulties on Saturday but on Sunday everyone had an amazing time with no negative feedback.'

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