Laura Billington, of Graze Cheshire, has collaborated with The Cheshire Cheese Company to share her top tips on how to make the Coronation of King Charles III and Camilla a day full of tasty treats you can share with family and friends 

What better way to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III than by making a grazing platter full to the brim with delicious cheeses and produce made right here in our beautiful county? 

Great British Life: Fruit, cold meats and cheese made in Cheshire - a platter fit for a kingFruit, cold meats and cheese made in Cheshire - a platter fit for a king (Image: Laura Billington)

I have used three Cheshire Cheese Company cheeses here. The first being their special edition ‘Kings Cheshire’, developed specially for this historic event. This is a beautiful traditional Cheshire, so creamy and crumbly. Secondly, the flagship cheese, Black Bob, their tasty mature Cheddar, and lastly the Jamaican Jerk Sauce Spicy Cheddar. I chose this one for the red coloured wax and it's also a great talking point cheese, which every good cheese board or grazing board should have. 

When making your grazing board, choose a board, plate or serving tray that is fit for a King. I have chosen a vintage serving platter as it adds that little touch of luxury and the white makes the colours pop. You can pick up platters and trays in your local antique shops such as Dagfields Craft & Antiques in Nantwich, or check out Knutsford-based The Vintage China Company on Facebook. 

Cut your cheese into various shapes and spread around your board. I have kept the King’s Cheshire whole in order to showcase the great label and cut the Black Bob into triangles, then kept the red wax on the Jamaican Jerk Sauce Spicy Cheddar as it adds a great pop of colour. 

Choose fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and black Sable grapes, and cherry tomatoes and figs and place them in generous portions around your cheese. Choose premium cold meats, such as this bresaola or an air-dried ham from The Smokehouse, Wilmslow. I have added some sour cream and chive dip and some simple crudites of celery and broccoli. Garnish your board with colour co-ordinated edible flowers or any herbs from your garden. 

Pair your platter with a crisp traditional beer from a local brewery, such as Wincle Beer Company in Macclesfield or pick up a bottle of wine from your local wine merchant. 

The Cheshire Cheese Company have a range of gifts and hampers to choose from to celebrate this historical occasion and you can use special discount code CHEESEKING to use across The Cheshire Cheese Company’s website and get a 20% off all your coronation cheese, gifts and hampers to help you further enjoy this special day in history as King Charles III becomes our new monarch. 

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