More than 60 judges tried and tested around 900 different British cheeses for the event that took place in Oxfordshire last week. Entries this year included over 221 raw milk cheeses, 117 organic, 83 blue and nearly 200 unique goat and ewe’s milk cheeses.
Hampshire Cheeses, owned by Stacey Hedges and Charlotte Spruce, were also awarded Best New Cheese for their Winslade Cheese, introduced earlier this year, that beat off 91 other entries. It is the second time that their Tunworth cheese has been awarded Supreme Champion, a feat achieved by only two other cheeses in the 20 years of the awards.
Other winners included The Courtyard Dairy, near Settle, that won Best New Cheese Retailer for its impressive showcase of unique farmhouse cheese-makers in Britain, and Little Milk Company, a group of Irish organic dairy farmers who won Best Organic Cheese for their Mild Organic Cheddar.
If you are a cheese fan you will be pleased to hear that it is British Cheese Week (7th – 15th September) a nation wide campaign to raise the profile of British cheese and celebrate the winners at this year’s Awards. For more information see here.
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