International Cheese Awards 2015
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International Cheese Awards 2015

A cheese lovers paradise

When I wrote I was going to the International Cheese Awards, I wished for a local winner- and my dream came true!

International Cheese Awards 2015

Judges hard at work

The Lancashire cheesemakers Greenfields Dairy won Supreme Champion for their crumbly Lancashire. I am thrilled that a traditional, family dairy won- and they also bagged two golds and a silver.

International Cheese Awards 2015

My husband’s idea of heaven!

I harbour a dream that one day I will have my own deli in some affluent rural idyll so I spent my day at the awards stocking my virtual chillers and mentally awarding gongs of my own.

International Cheese Awards 2015

Irish Cheese

A highlight was spending some time with the Irish cheesemakers. Cooleeney Farm make brie style cheeses. Goats milk, cows milk, smoked… it was all delicious. There isn’t a full list of suppliers on the website so I will be keeping my eyes open and hope to find it closer to home.

International Cheese Awards 2015

Sleek, modern packaging

Bookham and Harrison won my award for best packaging. Sleek brown boxes of Sussex Charmer; a mature cheddar with ‘a parmesan zing’ – I didn’t try it but it walked away with a gold award so it’s another to put on my to-try list.

International Cheese Awards 2015

Orsom Cheese and beer pairing

One of my favourites from last year, Cheshire’s Orsom Cheese, were back. They’ve taking the guess work out of pairing cheese and booze by packaging up their Winston with an IPA in a very stylish gift box. Such a good idea.

International Cheese Awards 2015

I can’t begin to tell you how big this parmasan wheel was!

The cheese awards cover literally every type of cheese imaginable. From nutty matured parmasans, to heady blues and right through to child faves (and let’s face it grown ups like ‘em too) such as Babybel. It’s not about being a cheese snob it’s about the whole industry coming together and celebrating what they do. And talking of Babybel, Bel won my best furniture at a trade show award – who doesn’t want to rest their brew on a Laughing Cow triangle?!

International Cheese Awards 2015

Cheese of all types

I am very democratic when it comes to my tastes in cheese. You know what, plastic cheese slices have a place in my life – you can’t beat them on white toasty bread with a hangover! Alas as I am temporarily off the booze I won’t be doing that for a while. But equally I love the cheese counter at Harvey Nichols in Manchester where they will let you try something new before you commit to buying it, and at the Cheshire Smokehouse where there is a fantastic array.

International Cheese Awards 2015

A cheese on the judging table – no idea what as they are anonymous but pretty!

Check out all of the winners on the International Cheese Awards website, then head down to your nearest shop and try something new.

If you have a dairy gem which you think I’d love, let me know in the comments or on social media and spread the cheesy love around!

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UK food blogger. Food lover – will try anything once. Always looking for the best local and regional produce as well as the best artisans from far and wide. Chocolate brownie guru. I don’t mind saying, mine are the best. Clandestine Cake Club organiser for Wigan/Bolton- all welcome. Recipe developer, enthusiastic eater, restaurant reviewer, finding my way round a camera. Currently not drinking but that’s (mostly) ok. Lover of The Archers. My door is always open, and a scone on the table, for any fellow fans! Manchester / Wigan / NW/ UK

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