The National Spanish Cheese Festival in Trujillo
Every year the city of Trujillo in the Extremadura region of Spain offers a warm welcome to visitors as they gather from far and wide to enjoy the National Spanish Cheese Festival.
‘Bienvenido’ to The National Spanish Cheese Festival in Trujillo
This year, “La Feria del Queso“, as it’s known locally, is in its 29th year and the festival will take place in Trujillo from 29th April to 2nd May 2016. The event attracts thousands of visitors who all agree that the city of Trujillo is the perfect food holiday destination.
The festival is now the largest cheese fair in the world. The Plaza Mayor, or main square, in Trujillo is transformed into a colourful cheese village. Hundreds of stands, displaying the finest cheeses, are awash with the tastes and smells of local and national cheeses. Many local cheese makers and farmers, who use milk from their goats or sheep, have developed and mature their own cheeses. Additionally, there are wine and beer stalls. Foodie heaven!
A Great Event for Food Lovers
If you’re planning to visit this rustic part of Spain as part of a foodie holiday, the National Spanish Cheese Festival in Trujillo offers mouth-watering treats for everyone.
Spain has the fourth largest consumption of cheese in the world and this love of cheese is demonstrated through the hundreds of cheese makers who will be present at the Trujillo festival.
The festival offers visitors the opportunity to try many rare types of cheese not found anywhere else outside of the Extremadura region area.
Cheese, Cheese, Cheese…
In Extremadura, cheese is mainly made from the milk of goats and sheep. There are 3 main regional cheese denominations: Torta del Casar, Torta La Serena and Los Ibores.
Torta del Casar
Made from sheep’s milk, this cheese is one of the most renowned in the festival’s home region of Extremadura. Curdled with thistle, it is eaten by slicing the top off the round casing and using the creamy contents to cover thick crusts of bread. It’s also used to top a meat cake of onion and minced beef, to produce a filling, local dish.
Torta la Serena
This sheep’s milk is made from the milk of the merino sheep. It is another cheese that is sliced open at the top. It is more flavoursome when warmed slightly before being sliced as it brings out the nutty flavour.
This goat’s cheese is made in the Ybor valley of nearby Cáceres. Produced since the 15th century and made from the milk of Serranas goats, this cheese has a mild taste with a slight spicy, salty flavour. It is perfect served with a sprinkling of paprika, then covered with oil alongside a simple salad. It is also delicious when cooked and served with roasted figs.
A national favourite, this cheese will be displayed in a number of stalls at the National Cheese Festival in Trujillo. It’s made from sheep’s milk with a well developed, but not overpowering flavour. When blended with cow’s milk, the cheese is known as Manchego Iberico. It’s a great accompaniment to a selection of tapas.
Some cheesemakers produce their cheeses from one kind of milk, others from a mix. The results give a whole palette of gastronomic delights; soft cheeses you can easily eat with a spoon or cheeses that you slice for tapas that have a salty, piquant flavours.
At the fair there will be a large selection of cheeses on display that are produced in other regions of Spain, such as Asturias Cabrales cheese, Galician Tetilla cheese and Basque Idiazabal cheese.
The festival welcomes a guest nation each year, previously Portugal, France, Italy, and Holland. The guest nation displays many typical cheeses and we’re excited to discover which country will feature this year. Watch this space for more details!
With more than 300 varieties of national and international cheeses to taste, visitors will be spoilt for choice.
Stay in Trujillo during the National Spanish Cheese Festival
If you don’t want to miss a minute of the extravaganza of “La Feria del Queso,” the solution is to make your home-away-from-home in Trujillo. Our 5 beautiful rental villas are located in Trujillo itself, offering guests the unique opportunity to enjoy the festival on your doorstep. Steeped in history, the Trujillo villas offer a wealth of possibilities to suit all budgets.
Choose from the perfect room with a view, a romantic getaway, a garden paradise or a unique historic palacio. The Palacio is one of Trujillo’s most unique historic landmarks. Built in 1530, the house is located directly on the main square, offering spectacular views of the festival from its incredible Florentine style arched loggia and outdoor dining terrace. There is no better place to watch the world go by with a coffee or glass of wine!
Trujillo Villas offers the best self-catering luxury accommodation in the area for beauty, history and wildlife. Coverage on the Trujillo Villas includes: Sunday Times Travel, Harpers Bazaar, Women and Home, Conde Nast Traveller, the Easy Jet in-flight magazine and more.
If you love food, in particular cheese, come and visit us in Trujillo. Guests staying at one of the villas offered by Trujillo Villas España will be offered a bespoke tour of the festival with a local cheese expert, who will be able to point out the best types of cheese, explain the process of making them and recommend speciality dishes in the local restaurants.
You’ll leave with your taste buds tantalised, as well as bags full of cheese wheels and slices of lovingly crafted food to take home as a memory of your time in Trujillo.