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Cheese up your life!

The Dairy Council hosted a cheese symposium on 10th May at the Merchant Hotel, Belfast chaired by cook and food writer Trish Deseine

International experts including an archaeologist, food historian, super–taster, neuroscientist and dairy marketing specialists explored our European cheese culture – past, present and future including:

History of cheese

How it all began: the prehistoric origins of dairying and cheese–making in Ireland and continental Europe                                                                                                                                Dr Jessica Smyth, Research Associate in Neolithic Archaeology, University of Bristol

What happened next and why?: from Medieval Ireland as the high point of cheese–making, to the 17th and 18th century decline and modern revival          Regina Sexton, Food Historian, University College Cork

Science of taste

The science of what makes a food delicious: how taste, smell, sight, texture and even descriptions combine in our brains to produce flavour, pleasure and reward Professor Edmund T Rolls, Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience and University of Warwick

Putting it into practice: innovative sensory analysis to develop flavour maps and food pairings for cheese                                                                                                                       Lisbeth Ankersen, Super–taster and CEO of Innova Consult, Denmark

Cheese culture in Europe today

Current consumption patterns and trends: the place of cheese in a modern lifestyle with perspectives from Denmark, France and Northern Ireland

Winnie Pauli, Director of Diet & Health, Danish Agriculture & Food Council; Laurent Damiens, Director of Communications, CNIEL, France; Dr Mike Johnston MBE, Chief Executive, Dairy Council for Northern Ireland

 

Symposium delegates enjoyed delicious and imaginative cheese dishes from Merchant chef Patrick Leonard and his team including a very special cheese on toast – sourdough, brie, burnt leeks and fenugreek; croque madame – soft blue cheese and pickled beetroot; and mature cheddar and bacon macarons. See the gallery for some mouth–watering photographs.

Watch highlights of the day:


 

 

April 14

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April 14

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April 13

Northern Ireland dairy farmers are taking part in AFBI and CAFRE research projects to…

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April 11

RT @StephanDenHaag: A sustainable diet must be healthy, acceptable and affordable for…

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April 08

Local dairy research has helped Ian McClelland improve sustainability on his farm by…

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April 07

#SustainableDairyEU https://t.co/vllcHuuiVv…

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March 29

Environmental impact is an important part of a sustainable diet but it should also be…

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March 26

RT @NDC_ie: "While plant-based drinks are sometimes used as a replacement to cow's mi…

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March 26

Recording & presentations from our #DairyMatrix webinar are now available to nutritio…

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March 24

#FoodMatrix effects https://t.co/3xKPNmz58u…

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March 24

"Looking after youngstock management starts long before the calf is born." - James Br…

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March 24

Thanks for doing such a good job @bnlproductions ! https://t.co/6RuW7Ll6ta…

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March 23

A huge thank you to our speakers and chair for today‚Äôs #DairyMatrix Effect webinar…

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March 23

Thanks to Dr Aileen O'Connor @fhi_tweets @UCDFoodHealth for a fantastic presentation…

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March 23

RT @Simoney_1993: @EmmaLFeeney et al's cheese matrix study illustrated a stepwise mat…

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