The Queen will be able to taste a little bit of Castleford during her state visit to Paris this afternoon.
Her majesty will be able to sample a seven-tier wedding cake – made of cheese – during a garden party at the British Embassy.
The ultimate “cheese cake” has been made for the special occasion by Cryer and Stott, of Allerton Bywater.
Managing director Richard Holmes, told the Express before his team flew out on Tuesday: “The event is to welcome the Queen as part of the Normandy landings celebrations and also to celebrate the 200 years anniversary of Wellington purchasing the embassy from Napoleon’s sister.
“What we are wanting to do is to create a cheese wedding cake. We are looking to do a seven-tier cheese celebration tower. We will assemble the cake over there.”
One layer of the Yorkshire-themed cake will be a Duke of Wellington cheese, which Cryer and Stott have created especially for the occasion.
It’s a French-style blue cheese and it will also be available in truckles for the dignitaries to try.
Other layers of the cake will consist of a base of Wensleydale, a joint tier of Yorkshire Cask and Rhuby Crumble, Swaledale cows milk, Old Peculiar and Monk’s Folly.
There will be 600 VIPs attending the state reception. A team of three from Cryer and Stott will be there representing Yorkshire and the UK.
Mr Holmes and his wife Clare will be there as will the firm’s business development manager Jemma Flowers.
The prestigious invitation came about after Mr Holmes and Ms Flowers went on a ‘Fromage Foray’ in France back in March.
Their cheese fact-fining mission ahead of the Tour de France culminated in them being invited to the British Embassy in Paris. They met the ambassador’s wife, Suzanne Rickets, and showcased their cheeses to her and the embassy’s chefs.
That in turn led them to being invited back to Paris in April for a trade event at the embassy promoting all things Yorkshire ahead of Le Tour.
Mr Holmes said: “Six months ago if you had asked us would we be talking about making cheese for the Queen and being introduced to the Queen it’s something we didn’t believe that could happen. But it is happening and it’s fantastic for our business.”
See next Thursday’s Express for pictures of the cake and occasion.