Emilio Festa discussing his cheese with Prince Charles

Hosting the Prince

by Andy Bryenton

The Prince of Wales attended the Lincoln Farmers’ Market as well as New Zealand Institute of Forestry taking an interest in New Zealand’s rural economy on his royal tour last weekend.

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry hosted His Royal Highness last Friday at a small round-table meeting.

“It was an immense privilege to participate in this discussion with His Royal Highness and to facilitate an exchange of views with some of our outstanding forestry professionals,” said the president of the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Dr David Evison.

“The participants were inspired by the importance that His Royal Highness places on sustainable forest management and its contribution to society.

“The opportunities and challenges facing the forestry sector in New Zealand were discussed with Prince Charles by 11 forestry professionals. Those present included the 2017, 2018 and 2019 recipients of The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry.

“The discussion covered the challenges presented by climate change, pest and disease incursions and the need to strengthen the forestry sector’s social licence to operate. The potential contribution of forestry to the New Zealand bioeconomy along with the promising and varied career opportunities offered by the forestry sector were identified as significant opportunities.” On Saturday the prince tasted samples of cheese from award-winning cheesemaker Emilio Festa and his son Enrico at Lincoln Farmers’ Market, all made in their cheesemaking facilities near Charing Cross. “We use cow, sheep and goat milk from local producers to make our cheeses,” said Emilio. “It was an honour to meet the prince.

“His wife Camilla treated him to a wedge of blue cheese, paying cash.”

When asked if he would ship cheese overseas to the prince, Emilio said anything is possible.