Dairy Council Northern Ireland

Milk it for all it's worth


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:


 

 

October 16

#DairyMatrix https://t.co/RnDqBaMiFG…

Read Tweet

October 16

On now in the Auditorium! Prof Arne Astrup speaking on #DairMatrix Effects of Cardiom…

Read Tweet

October 16

RT @JohnsonThompson: Finally got to meet the legend that started off the British mult…

Read Tweet

October 16

Looking forward to welcoming everyone to our EMF #DairyMatrix session later this afte…

Read Tweet

October 14

Thank you to Hall Donnell and family for the exceptional hosting and very informative…

Read Tweet

October 14

Hall's pure white cat, who patrols the farm, arrived without a name and hence was giv…

Read Tweet

October 14

Hall's calves are meticulously cared for to ensure they get the best possible start i…

Read Tweet

October 14

Hall takes some delegates to meet a few of the newer members of the herd... #Sustaina…

Read Tweet

October 14

With the tour almost completed, delegates take the opportunity to discuss some of the…

Read Tweet

October 14

Then Trevor Alcorn of @DiscoverCAFRE discussed some of the early adoption of new tech…

Read Tweet

October 14

Then Hall Donnell himself welcomed delegates and detailed some key information about…

Read Tweet

October 14

The event began with introductions to the Dairy Council NI, the #SustainableDairyEU i…

Read Tweet

October 14

Hall's resident guard cat took a definite interest in the video case study setup... #…

Read Tweet

October 14

We were greeted at Hall's farm by his very reliable weather forecasting stone... #Sus…

Read Tweet

October 13

Congraulations @McClenaghanRhys! A fantastic achievement…

Read Tweet

From the farm to the fridge, the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland acts on behalf of the dairy industry, advertising and promoting the natural goodness and quality of Northern Ireland milk and dairy products.

Our primary function is to communicate factual information to allow individuals to make well informed choices about dairy products that they consume and to inform them of the benefits of including dairy products in a balanced diet. We use a wide range of media, which includes television, radio, press, magazine, posters and the internet. Our Advertising is complemented by public relations and promotional activities designed to communicate with specific groups.

Home delivery

Contact your nearest dairy to arrange delivery

Ballyrashane Creamery

T+44 (0)28 7034 3265

This site uses cookies for general analytics but not for advertising purposes. View our privacy policy to find out more. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time.