The last of the year's cheese competitions ended this week with The World Cheese Awards - held this time in Bergamo, Italy. Always an exciting event and extraordinarily well run by The Guild of Fine Food. We always enter, each year praying and hoping to repeat our record back in 2008, when we won BEST CHEDDAR. We will have to wait another year for that but were delighted to win a GOLD and 2 BRONZE Medals this year.
The Gold was for our Mellow Cheddar which has seen somewhat of a resurgence in 2019.
Mellow Cheddar, as the name suggests, is the youngest of our cheeses. At around 5 months old it has plenty character but young enough to have a creamy texture - unusual for a traditional cheddar cheese. 2019 has been a great year for our Mellow - winning awards left, right and centre! Often ignored, young cheddar has a poor reputation, mainly due to 'Mild' supermarket cheddars which are all too often rubbery in texture and well, let's face it, tasteless! We are really proud of our Mellow Cheddar which has become very popular with our customers in 2019. The creamy texture and gentle authentic cheddar taste frequently surprises our customers who don't expect this depth of flavour. Not everyone wants a robust mighty strong cheddar such as our Vintage, so for those who appreciate good cheddar with less of a kick, our Mellow does the job. Don't just take our word for it - ask the judges at The World Cheese Awards!
Our Bronze Medals were for our Cave Matured and also our new member of the family, Extra Mature Cheddar (not quite as strong as our Vintage but with plenty of ooomph nevertheless).
So, to summarise 2019:
|May 2019||Silver for Vintage Cheddar. 3 Bronze Medals for Cave Matured, Mature & Extra Mature at The British Cheese Awards at The Bath and West Show.|
|May 2019||4 GOLDS for Vintage, Extra Mature, Mature and Mild (our Mellow). Plus Reserve Champion & Best Dressed Cheese in Show! The Devon County Show.|
|Sept 2019||GOLD for Mellow, 2 Silvers for Cave Matured and Vintage & 2 Bronze Medals for Mature and Extra Mature! The Global Cheese Awards at Frome Cheese Show.|
|Oct 2019||GOLD for Mellow and 2 Bronze Medals for Extra Mature and Cave Matured at the World Cheese Awards|
Suffice to say, we're very proud of our Cheesemakers.