The Brockworth Annual Cheese Rolling Competition: A Local Tradition with a Unique Twist

Nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds, the village of Brockworth is home to one of the most eccentric and thrilling events in the UK – the annual Cheese Rolling Competition. Every spring, locals and tourists alike gather on Cooper’s Hill to witness and participate in this adrenaline-pumping tradition. At Laurens Catering, we not only appreciate the culinary delight that is cheese but also the unique cultural events that celebrate it. Join us as we delve into the history of this quirky competition and explore the intriguing question: does cheese taste better after being rolled down a hill?

A Brief History of Cheese Rolling

The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition dates back to the early 1800s, with some suggesting that its roots could be even older. Initially, it was believed to be a way to maintain grazing rights on the common. However, over the years, it has evolved into a joyous and slightly madcap celebration that draws participants from around the globe. Each year, a 9-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese is released from the top of Cooper’s Hill, and intrepid competitors race down the steep, uneven slope in pursuit of it. The first person to cross the finish line wins the cheese – and eternal glory.

The Science (or Folklore) of Rolled Cheese

One of the more light-hearted debates among cheese enthusiasts and festival-goers is whether the cheese tastes better after its tumultuous journey down the hill. While there is no scientific evidence to support this, the idea does have a certain charm. Here are a few reasons why some believe the cheese might be enhanced by its adventure:

  1. Tradition and Nostalgia: The sheer tradition and history associated with the cheese rolling competition can make the cheese seem more special. Food often tastes better when it’s tied to memorable experiences.
  2. Aeration: Some cheese lovers speculate that the rolling process aerates the cheese, potentially altering its texture and flavour. While this is more folklore than fact, it’s a fun idea to entertain.
  3. Adrenaline and Atmosphere: The excitement and adrenaline of the event can heighten senses and make the cheese taste more delicious. The communal atmosphere, the cheers of the crowd, and the shared experience all contribute to a unique tasting environment.

A Cheese Lover’s Experience

At Laurens Catering, we understand that food is not just about sustenance but about the experience and the memories created around it. The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition exemplifies this beautifully. Whether or not the cheese actually tastes better after being rolled down the hill, what matters is the joy and sense of community that the event brings.

For those inspired by this unique event, we offer a variety of cheeses in our catering services that celebrate local produce and traditional methods. From creamy Double Gloucester to tangy Cheddar, our cheese selections are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a simple get-together with friends and family.

Join Us in Celebrating Cheese

As we celebrate this year’s cheese rolling event, why not bring a slice of the excitement to your next gathering? Laurens Catering is proud to offer a bespoke cheese platter that can be tailored to your preferences, featuring the finest local cheeses. While we can’t promise that our cheese has rolled down Cooper’s Hill, we can guarantee it will bring joy to your taste buds and your event.

So, does cheese taste better after being rolled down the hill? Perhaps. But one thing is certain – the Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition is a testament to the fun and flavour that local traditions bring to our culinary experiences.

At Laurens Catering, we’re passionate about celebrating the unique and wonderful aspects of our local culture. The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition is just one of the many reasons we love being part of this vibrant community. Stay tuned for more local stories and culinary delights from Laurens Catering!

Contact Laurens Catering today to find out how we can add a touch of local flavour and excitement to your next event.