Cheese Berlin aims to focus as much as possible on the Käsemacher, cheese makers, the producers themselves. That’s why we have a new format since 2018: The Cheese Night! For the Friday evening we are pairing Berlin’s most exciting food locations, chefs, wine bars and craft beer pubs with our favorite cheese makers and affineurs. Together they develop their very own format for this very special evening. This can range from a whole menu around cheese and the people behind it, to a cheese course served by the cheese maker him/herself, or maker and cheese hanging out at the bar for an open tasting, possibly paired with a selection of cheese-friendly wines or beers. If you are a potential host or a cheese producer and would like to be part of the Cheese Night - get in touch with us! If you are a cheese lover and would like to dive into this long, cheesy night: pick what suits you best and enjoy! Details follow as soon as possible in October.
For Saturday we encourage the shops and stores to host their producers for tastings, to reach out to even more cheese lovers. You’ll find a list of those locations here on our website, again, as soon as possible, in October. If you are a potential host or a cheese producer and would like to be part of this - get in touch with us!
On Cheese Berlin Sunday our market is filled with cheese, as it has been since 2012. Handcrafted, regional cheeses from around Berlin, from Germany, from Europe, from all over the world. Even more than in earlier years our focus is on the cheesemakers themselves, the people at the vat who guide the milk in its transformation into that wonderful diversity that is cheese. We are honored to welcome producers and affineurs from all over Europe & beyond – all to mingle with the locals at Markthalle Neun. This is THE opportunity to meet all, to talk, taste, and buy. And although cheese means the world to us, we’re happy to provide you with some accoutrements, such as bread, wine, and beer as well as offer scheduled tastings, the Heinzelcheesetalks, open talks, and more.
All year long we’re busy planning tutored tastings with the most up to date and exciting facets and people in the world of cheese, as well as workshops, seminars, discussions and a b2b event on Monday to connect the professionals of the cheese world.
Since 2017 Cheese Berlin has been granting an honorary award called Fenster zum Hof, window onto the farm. We aim to give recognition to producers who demonstrate that it is indeed possible to implement our ideals of:
In 2017 Fenster zum Hof went to Hof Marienhöhe in Bad Saarow/Brandenburg.
In 2018 Fenster zum Hof went to Jan Dirk, Irene und Peter van de Voort from the Netherlands with their Remeker.
In 2019 Fenster zum Hof went to someone who has been swimming against the current, trying to turn back the wheel of history. Whose endeavours should be a warning to all of us, showing how difficult, almost impossible it is to reclaim lost territory. Showing how important it is to preserve as much as possible, even if only as an option for some. To work with raw, untreated milk and with your own cultures, in order to actually confer the sense of a place in a cheese, terroir. Somebody who is doing everything for good cheese, fighting politics and making a change without being egocentric.
In 2019 Fenster zum Hof went to Joe Schneider and the Stichelton Dairy.
We congratulate in gratitude.