In my eyes, cheese is one of the great wonders of the world. I don’t know what I’d do with my life if cheese was never invented. I feel incredibly sorry for those who can’t eat the glorious stuff as a staple part of their diet. So when I heard that Rascals in Shoreditch holds a weekly cheese party, I simply HAD to get myself a ticket and gear up for possibly the cheesiest night of my life.
The cheese party, cheekily called Fromage a Trois, started back in February and offers a delightful evening filled to the brim with the cheesiest happenings and treats. It’s held at Rascals Restaurant which is next to Ballie Ballerson (still dying to try this place out and dive into the giant ball pit but hopefully that will happen sometime soon). The two places are joined by a secret door in the middle so if you were feeling wild you could even venture to both places in one night!
I really wasn’t overly sure what to expect when I arrived at Rascals last Wednesday, I had purposely not read about the event as I wanted to be surprised and taken on a journey of cheesy goodness. As we arrived we were seated on a long table – dinner party style. My two pals sat on one side and I sat on the other, at first this was a bit awkward sitting between two randomers but as the night went on it turned out to be fine!
We were all poured a glass of wine, I opted for white after much deliberation. One glass is included with your ticket but we ended up buying another bottle for a little later in the evening (it starts at 6:30/7 and goes on until around 10pm).
We were then introduced to our host for the evening, the fantasticly hilarious Mary Camemberry, who introduced us to the main concept for the evening’s activities, The World Cheese Pulling Championships! She divided the table into two teams (directly down the middle! Bye friends it was nice knowing you) and our first task was to come up with a team name. This was done by everyone putting our choice of cheese-based name in a hat and the Mary Camembert having the final decision… from that point on team A was ‘The Squirty Cheeses’ and Team B became ‘The Fondue-dabby-Dozies’ – my team.
Then it was our turn, competition style. As pairs we took it in turn to see who Could stretch the excess mash potato that sat in buckets at the top of the table. It was definitely an advantage if you were taller and either my team’s bucket had stretchier cheese in it or the other team were absolutely rubbish. I guess we’ll never know. This took quite a long time for everyone at the table to have a go but in the end the right team won…mine
The final task of the night was cheese bowling. In which we each had a go at knocking down all of the pins using a giant babybel, this was so much fun and I even managed to knock a few down, however one of my friends managed to score a strike so my achievement was very short-lived. If you managed to score a strike you were given a scratch card and the opportunity to win drinks for the evening, these include things such as shots and espresso martinis.
Sadly it was then the end of the event and we had to roll our extremely stuffed selves home after we stole a selfie with Mary Camemberry herself.
I would definitely recommend this event for all my fellow cheese lovers out there. You’re in for a great time and have the chance to meet some lovely people (depending who also gets a ticket). Mary Camemberry really adds a huge amount to this event so make sure you befriend her and arrive with as many cheese puns as your brain can handle!
If you’re interested in buying some tickets you can get them HERE or you can find out more on the Rascals website.
I’ll be returning to Rascals next month to try out their boozy brunch which includes unlimited espresso martinis so watch this space!