Yep, that’s right, our latest Curiosity of the Week is an unusual Christmas custom, known as the Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses.
Every year the famous Chelsea Pensioners kick off their festive celebrations with a quirky 300 year old tradition at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
The custom first began in 1692 when a local cheese maker supplied war veterans at the hospital with enough cheese to keep them fed over the festive period. These days the ceremony features food and drink, ceremonial cheese cutting, festive music and (of course) some cheese tasting.
This year’s ceremony took place on 6th December and British cheese makers donated an impressive 233kg of cheese from around the UK including cheddar, stilton, brie and red Leicester. This year, the ceremonial cheese was a giant 24kg of Montgomery Cheddar, which was cut by In-Pensioner Leo Tighe, aged 74.
Watch highlights from this year’s ceremony below.
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More info: www.milk.co.uk/cheese-ceremony