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London to Frankfurt Cheese stopovers, Brussels.

Way back in March I wrote about buying cheese in Reims on the way to Bologna. We had a great trip to and from, it was hard work, but that’s how we like it.

My shopping trips in Reims meant that we had plenty of great tasting local cheese on the way down to Bologna from the regular Saturday market and from La Cave aux Fromage on the way home.

With a shorter trip to Frankfurt we don’t stop in France at all. Some trips have been straight through to Frankfurt, this year we are planning to stop in Brussels, a lovely city that I’ve visited before but never thought of as a cheese location.

A little bit of Google searching tells me that I might have got that wrong.

Seems that Belgium produces over 300 distinct types of cheese, that nearly as many as France and when you stop to consider the size of each country that’s quite something.  Belgian cheese making is rooted in the Monastery’s, where the beer making tradition also stems from and surprise, surprise Belgian cheese rinds tend to be washed in beer rather than wine. There is even a Fromage de Bruxelles, a soft cheese eaten for breakfast, made locally.

Best of all I’ve found a cheese shop called the Crèmerie de Linkebeek, within a short walk from our hotel in Botanique that seems passionate about their cheese.

I’ll be heading in for some help, advice and a little taste or three, if you know the Crèmerie de Linkebeek or somebody that does, I’d love to know what you think of it. 

I’ll be taking pictures and posting as soon as I can after my visit.

If, like us, you motor to book fairs, we’d love to hear about your favourite stop over’s. Please post them here in the comments box or email me ruth@bookfairvans.co.uk.

Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. She keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and has the ability to be  understood in  almost  any language spoken on the face of the planet and others yet to be discovered.

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London to Bologna Cheese stopovers, Reims

We first stopped in Reims a couple of years ago (It might be longer) when Bologna moved its opening from Tuesday to a Monday. Why did we do it, someone needed help because they ran out of time and needed a van load delivered in a very tight time frame.

None of us had been before except Daniel, but being a child of 5 when you first visit doesn’t count, so we slipped over the channel via Eurotunnel and chalked up some French motorway miles before bedtime. Our hotel was one of the worst I’ve ever stayed in. I’ve travelled round the world with a backpack and no money and didn’t expect to find anything like this for the price that we paid. It really difficult not to be taken in by lovely images on people’s website.

Our luck changed early the next morning when I spotted a covered market setting up nearby. If you are ever in Reims on a Saturday it is just off the Place de la Republique.  Our “Roy” cooler boxes were soon filling up with cheese, saucisson, ham, bread and fruit, but mostly cheese.  Being a vegetarian makes travelling through France hard work, meat seems to come with everything, luckily Cheese ranks just under chocolate for me, and stops in France mean finding new one’s to try, this market certainly filled and ticked all our boxes.

On another stop over I managed to motivate our group to go sight seeing first thing in the morning, no mean feat when it involves men and getting up earlier than normal. We had a quick walk round the Cathedral, on to Place du Forum, the real reason for our early departure, to visit La Cave aux Fromages at number 12.

Luckily La Cave aux Fromages has a resident Anglophile who ran the odd two or three Nicolas wine stores in London back in the last century, so communication wasn’t limited to pointing and the distance between my thumb and fore finger for amounts. I said we wanted to stop of lunch and feast on local cheeses, twenty minutes later after tasting and talking I walked away with lunch and some other bits “To keep that will remind you of being in Champange.”

They don’t have a website that I can point you at which is shame but I’m looking forward to going in again and to the great lunch we’ll have. Reims is definitely on our stop list for Bologna.

If you motor to book fairs, we’d love to hear about your favourite stop over’s, post them hear in the comments box or email me ruth@bookfairvans.co.uk.

Ruth is our resident designer, customer service contact, stop over and hotel picker, lover of cheese and chocolate. Ruth keeps us all fed and watered in as healthy a way possible and have the ability to be  understood in  almost  any language spoken on the face of the planet and other yet to be discovered.

 

What does your existing last minute shipper really cost you?

We talk to a lot of people through out the cycle of book fairs. It’s good fun for us because we get to know a little more about you and to see if we can help make getting to a show easier for them.

Lots of people tell us that they use x, y or z company and have done for a long time. It makes sense; you know what your chosen supplier will and won’t do.  They probably email or fax you a form, fill it out read the small print and make a note in your dairy that the collection is something like a week if not more before the show opens.

The pricing is keen when you work like this and if what you need to send is sitting in a warehouse ready to call off it’s perfect but what happens when you’re not just selling from you back catalogue?

Depending on the amount of internal resources that you have available for concept work, making dummies and spreads you might find that to hit your shippers deadline means asking people to work late or engaging someone from your list of trusted freelance designers. We spoke to a few people about the costs involved for doing this and were surprised at the range of costs that are incurred. It might just be the people that we know but the range of fees was varied from £750 to £2000.

When your internal deadlines are dictated by when you r shipper and the amount of people you have available to do the work it might still make sense to spend even the lower end of the price range because your delivery costs are relatively small. It might even be ok from a budget point of view because who looks at these two areas on the same line? Not you, not your accounts department or even your FD?

We could not find anyone who was able to speak to us about other costs that might be related to working to a forward shipping date but we do wonder how much time and money is lost post show from leave and sickness just to recover from meeting deadlines.

With 3 weeks to go before the doors open at Bologna it might just make sense to have a conversation with us at book fair vans.

As ever we are happy to be proved wrong, sometimes it the only way to learn!

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier. Loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain. Contact him at Daniel@bookfairvans.co.uk

 

Too soon to talk about the last minute?

We often wonder when is the best time to talk to people about how we ship those last minute important items that people need for shows like Frankfurt and Bologna.  Who wants to talk about the next show when you’ve just finished one and are still catching up back at the office with your work load? Who wants to talk when you deadline is looming?

It’s difficult to gauge with some many people having a different approach to what they need and how they work.

We really enjoy helping people at the last minute. Our clients either plan to work in this way and they need us to take a high volume to their stand or they need some help with a few boxes of material that just can be ready until after their normal “last minute delivery” has left.

Whether you a planner for the last minute or someone who just happens to get caught by an unexpected surprise shift in planning we’d love to help.

Tell us when it’s best to talk to you and that’s what we will do.

Daniel is our head of last minute, exhibitions since the early 80’s veteran, trained counsellor and Swiss army knife carrier. Loves driving through France because people avoid the motorways, hates paying to cross boarders just because they have a tunnel dug through a mountain…..