Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses

7th December 2016

An annual festive tradition that dates back 300 years, and celebrates the Chelsea Pensioners, The Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses first started in 1692. The Royal Hospital Chelsea asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners with cheese as Christmas treat, and the tradition has carried on ever since, organised by The Dairy Council for the past 50 years.

We were thrilled to support the event again this year and sent our classic Black Bomber extra mature Cheddar, Great Taste award winner Beechwood smoked, and firm festive favourite Ruby Mist. This year the Chelsea Pensioners were joined by guests of honour, the Military Wives Choir, who sang Christmas classics that included Winter Wonderland and Jingle Bells to the delight of all attending.

Ash Amirahmadi, chairman of The Dairy Council, said: “The Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses is one of the dairy industry’s most treasured events. It is a delight to be kicking off the festive season with such a joyful and colourful occasion.

“Cheesemakers from across the country have once again done us proud by donating an outstanding 246kg of fine quality British cheese.

“Cheese and dairy products represent a very important part of the veteran’s diet and it has been great to celebrate this with the Chelsea Pensioners and the Military Wives Choir today.”