Let’s Celebrate Summer Solstice with Our New Gluten-Free Edam Cheese

As the longest day of the year approaches, Riverside Foods is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand new gluten-free Edam cheese on 21st June 2024 – a date that also happens to be the Summer Solstice. What better way to celebrate this celestial event than with a delicious, cheesy treat that is perfect for summer snacking (when the sun eventually comes out)?

Why the Summer Solstice matters

The Summer Solstice, also known as “midsummer”, is a day that is steeped in history, myth, and magic. It’s the time when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, and we enjoy the most daylight hours of the year. Cultures around the world have celebrated the Summer Solstice for centuries with festivals, rituals, and a fair share of legends.

In ancient times, people believed that the solstice was a time when the ‘veil’ between worlds was thinnest, allowing for magical happenings and mystical occurrences. Stonehenge, the iconic prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, is famously aligned with the sunrise on the Summer Solstice, drawing thousands of visitors every year who gather to witness the sun’s first light.

Myths and legends of the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is steeped in mythology. For the Norse people, the solstice was a time of feasting and merrymaking, believed to be a period when the gods would walk among humans. If only they had some of our gluten-free Edam!

In Roman times, the festival of Vestalia was celebrated, honouring Vesta, the goddess of the hearth, home, and family.

Closer to home, the druids of ancient Britain saw the solstice as a time of fertility and abundance. They believed that the power of the sun was at its peak, and its energy could be harnessed for growth and renewal.

Why Edam?

Edam cheese originates from the town of Edam in the Netherlands, a beautiful rural location known for its rich dairy heritage. It is crafted from cow’s milk and is traditionally shaped into small spheres coated in red paraffin wax, which helps preserve its freshness.

Edam is a perfect cheese for long summer days and nights. Its semi-hard texture and mild, slightly nutty flavour make it versatile enough for any dish, whether you’re looking to offer something delicious and quick at your Christmas event, offer snacks by the pool, packing a picnic, or hosting a party.

Our gluten-free coating ensures that everyone, including those with gluten sensitivities, can join in the fun without worry. It’s a snack that brings everyone together, much like the Summer Solstice itself, which has always been about community and celebration.

A legendary launch

So mark your calendars for 21st June 2024, and get ready to welcome summer with open arms and a mouthful of cheesy goodness. Here’s to a magical Summer Solstice filled with light, laughter, and the irresistible taste of gluten-free Edam cheese!

In keeping with the spirit of this legendary day, we’ve created a unique visual for our gluten-free Edam cheese – “Cheesehenge”! We hope you didn’t find it too “cheesy”!

Happy Summer Solstice, and happy snacking!

Check out our Buffet range to see how you can easily achieve your sharing platter offerings.

Riverside Foods is a leading UK supplier of high-quality halal frozen chicken and turkey products. For more details about our Christmas range, please phone +44 (0) 1691 839288 or complete our contact form.

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