The 8th FACE Network Congress

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This special annual event is open to members of FACE network, including members of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association. Spaces are limited to 90 delegates. Book now to avoid disappointment.

The FACE Network Congress will be hosted at The School of Artisan Food, located on the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire, England. The School is situated 8km south of the town of Worksop.

25/10/2016: Farm Visits

We will meet at The School of Artisan Food and take a coach to visit farms and small dairies.

The visit to well-established businesses will include a farm producing raw drinking milk (which will be available to taste) and supplying milk to an artisan cheesemaker as well as a farm producing ice-cream (we are hoping for a sunny day).

As new producers are vital to the future of our dairy sector we will also visit a recently-established cheesemaker located beneath 'Stannage Edge' in the nearby Peak District National Park.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

26/10/2016: General Assembly, Working Group Meetings & Social Dinner

The assembly and working group meetings will be held at The School of Artisan Food.

A private evening viewing of the historic Portland Collection, which includes fine and decorative art collected over the centuries by the Dukes of Portland, will be followed by a dinner on the Welbeck Estate.

Lunch, refreshments and dinner will be provided.

27/10/2016: FACE Network Congress

Full programme to be announced.

Speakers will cover subjects such as:

  • The technology of Traditional British Cheese.
  • The resurrection of a traditional British cheese.
  • The work of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association Technical Committee.
  • Understanding the Mathemetics of Microbiological Sampling
  • The work of a small specialist cheese retailer.

The congress will include the famous cheese lunch provided by FACE members across Europe:

Delegates are invited to bring along their cheeses to share with the group - providing a great opportunity to appreciate the incredible and distinctive products being made by FACE members. Cheese may be left at the School on the day of the farm visit or general assembly; refrigeration will be available for those who need it.

Accompaniments and Refreshments will be provided.

The price of the three-day event is £130.00 per person.

Getting Here

Nottinghamshire is located very near to the centre of the country. Manchester Airport has good international connections and a train link to Worksop via Sheffield. Birmingham has similar links. Leeds Bradford airport and East Midlands are smaller regional airports and may necessitate hiring a car to reach the venue or using a combination of buses and trains. Trains may be booked in advance to ensure the best deals. For further details, see:



A special price has been agreed with The Lion - Best Western in Worksop: £60:00 including breakfast for a single occupancy room or £70.00 including breakfast for a double occupancy room (pay on arrival). Quote "The School of Artisan Food". Book early to avoid disappoinment!

There is also a Travelodge in Worksop and a full list of local hotels etc may be found at: https://www.schoolofartisanfood.org/contact-us/where-to-stay.


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