A CHEESY challenge will take place at the Lion Salt Works in November – with teams currently being invited to sign up.

To tap into Britain's love of cheese, the museum is holding a quirky, fun gourmet ‘Cheese Challenge’ as part of its CheeseFEAST Festival, being held on November 16 and 17.

The Cheese Challenge will take place at 7pm on Saturday, November 16 in the historic setting of the museum’s Thompson Suite.

Teams from across the county are encouraged to sign up, with tickets just £10 from 01606 275066 or ticketsource.co.uk. Parking is free.

The Museum’s ‘Periodic Table of Cheese Challenge’ – a nod to 2019 being UNESCO’s 150th celebration of Mendelev’s contribution to its structure – is a fun, up-beat night of cheese-tasting.

This ‘game show-style’ night will appeal to anyone who likes cheese as well as serious cheese buffs.

The night of cheese tasting, will comprise 10 interesting and unusual cheeses and the chance to win the prestige of being named ‘The Big Cheese’.

Dan Akers, designer and host of the Periodic Table of Cheese Challenge, said: “This is a high-energy, fun challenge and is great fun for anyone who likes cheese.

"I am very serious about my cheeses and I will have some unusual cheeses for people to taste that will challenge even serious cheese lovers.

"The unusual format for the Cheese Challenge is tried and tested and is utterly memorable. I would encourage everyone to get together with friends and come along.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council leader, said: “The Lion Salt Works Museum has excelled itself in putting together a wonderful CheeseFEAST weekend, of which the Cheese Challenge is one of its gems.

"What could be nicer on an Autumnal evening that getting together with friends in such an unusual and historic setting and eating cheese?”

A delicious selection of Italian and Spanish wines from Chester-based, newly rebranded White Fox Wines – formerly Bianca Trading– will be on sale throughout the evening as well as the chance to buy Lion Salt Works-branded beers.

The CheeseFEAST itself, running from 10.30am to 5pm both days, gives visitors the chance to enjoy a day-long programme of fascinating cheese talks, demonstrations and tastings for £8 per person.

It will include a tour of a special exhibition of archive cheese and dairy implements as well as the chance to see the original model of Aardman Animation’s ‘The Cheese Tent’ from the film ‘Wallace & Gromit and the Curse of the Were-Rabbit’.