335 Entries for inaugural Artisan Cheese Awards 2016

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Apr 142016
 

Best cheeses from the UK and Northern Ireland to be judged on 29 April 2016 in Melton Mowbray

The first-ever Artisan Cheese Awards has been inundated with entries from cheesemakers throughout the UK and Northern Ireland. For the first year of judging, 335 entries have been received from 85 producers. The category winners and Supreme Champion cheese will be judged on Friday 29 April and will be announced at the Cheese Makers’ Supper in Melton Mowbray on Saturday 30 April 2016.

The finalists include producers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with particularly strong numbers of entries from Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Ireland, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire and Somerset.

The awards are open to any cheesemaker in the British Isles producing less than 250 tonnes of cheese a year to celebrate the craft and skill of the small artisan cheese maker.

First prize at the awards for the Supreme Champion is a cheque for £1,000. Sponsor of the trophy is A la Carte Packaging Solutions, a leading provider of ‘one stop shop’ packaging products to the cheese industry. To encourage small producers, a further prize of £500 will be awarded to the best cheese maker producing less than 50 tonnes a year sponsored by JKM Foods who supply cultures to the cheese making industry.

Classes for the first year of the awards are: Soft, Semi-soft, Hard, Blue, Best British Territorial Cheese, Best Protected Food Name Cheese, and Best cheese recently launched on the market. In addition to the award winners for each class, awards will be given to the best goat’s cheese and the best ewe’s cheese.

‘The People’s Favourite’ best artisan cheese will be judged by the public during the Artisan Cheese Fair and will be announced after the event.

The Artisan Cheese Awards will be held during this year’s Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray from 30 April to 1 May.

Matthew O’Callaghan, organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair said: “We’ve been delighted with the response for entries for the first year of the competition. The breadth of cheeses nominated shows the strength of the artisan cheese making industry and it’s particularly encouraging that there have been almost 50 new cheeses launched in the last year.”

Entrance to the Artisan Cheese Fair is priced at £3. For more information on the Artisan Cheese Fair 2016, visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk

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Mar 302016
 

ONE MONTH TO GO TO UK’S LARGEST CHEESE FAIR  

Artisan Cheese Fair takes place from 30 April to 1 May 2016 in Melton Mowbray

There’s just one month to go until Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire welcomes the return of the largest cheese fair in the country. The Artisan Cheese Fair will be held from 30 April to 1 May with a record number of over 60 local and national cheese producers showcasing around 300 of the UK’s best artisan cheeses.

The Artisan Cheese Fair will be returning for its sixth year from 10am to 4pm on 30 April and 1 May 2016 at the Cattle Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1JY.

Last year, over 8,000 cheese-lovers visited the Artisan Cheese Fair and visitors to this year’s event will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the UK’s rarest artisan cheeses including cow, goat and sheep milk cheeses. Exhibitors will be coming from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, ranging from very small producers relatively new to cheese making, through to family firms that have been making artisan cheese for generations.

Visitors can also learn about cheese in the daily programme of talks, demonstrations and tastings given by industry experts, as well as enjoying other local produce including pies, wine, cakes, cider, champagne and Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pies.

Matthew O’Callaghan, organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair said: “With a record number of producers signed up, this year’s event promises to be the best yet with so much choice for cheese lovers to sample and buy.”

Entrance is priced at £3. For more information on the Artisan Cheese Fair 2016, visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk

Testimonial Quotes from Nottingham Businesses

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Mar 102016
 

Webb Freckingham, owner of Nottingham Cheese Shop said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair is a premier event in the food calendar, great for bringing people in to the East Midlands. It’s a fantastic vehicle for us to meet and build direct relationships with other producers and cheesemakers. This, combined with lots of our customers going to the event makes it a no-brainer for us to exhibit there.”

Robert Bowring from Bowring Butchers said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair is a very upmarket, prestigious affair and is the best in the country, in my opinion. We sell our award-winning pies there, alongside lots of other local producers with really top quality cheeses and other foods. Melton is pretty much on our doorstep and offers such a good value ticket price for local and regional visitors.”

Paul Hartland, Managing Director of Mrs King’s Pork Pies said: “We’ve attended the Artisan Cheese Fair every year since it started. We have a real connection with Melton Mowbray, the rural capital of food, with our Blue Stilton Melton Mowbray Pork Pies in particular. The vast array of cheeses on offer is very impressive and we would encourage Nottingham people to travel the short distance to come and see us there.”

Bob Pitchfork from Mr Pitchfork’s Pickles said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair is the best cheese festival in Great Britain. It’s not overpowered by national producers so you can get real, proper ‘eating’ cheeses – ones that you can’t rub pencil marks out with! – and that really complement the other products on show such as our own range of pickles. Other Nottingham exhibitors including Mrs King’s Pork Pies and the Nottingham Cheese Shop were amongst some of our first customers so there’s a real sense of a food community as well.”

First Ever Artisan Cheese Awards Launched

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Mar 072016
 

UK Supreme Champion cheesemaker to be crowned at Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray from 30 April to 1 May 2016

Artisan cheesemakers across the UK will be recognised at the first-ever Artisan Cheese Awards to be held at this year’s Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray from 30 April to 1 May. The awards will be open to any cheesemaker in the British Isles producing less than 250 tonnes of cheese a year to celebrate the craft and skill of the small artisan cheese maker.

First prize at the awards for the Supreme Champion will be a cheque for £1,000. Sponsor of the trophy is A la Carte Packaging Solutions, a leading provider of ‘one stop shop’ packaging products to the cheese industry. To encourage small producers, a further prize of £500 will be awarded to the best cheese maker producing less than 50 tonnes a year.

Judging for the awards will take place on Friday 29 April with the awards being presented at the Cheese Makers’ Supper on Saturday 30 April. Entry forms are available to download from www.artisancheesefair.co.uk and must be returned by Tuesday 4 April 2016

Classes for the first year of the awards will be: Soft, Semi-soft, Hard, Blue, Best British Territorial Cheese*, Best Protected Food Name Cheese**, and Best cheese recently launched on the market. In addition to the award winners for each class, awards will be given to the best goat’s cheese and the best ewe’s cheese.

‘The People’s Favourite’ best artisan cheese will be judged by the public during the Artisan Cheese Fair and will be announced after the event.

Chairman of the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership and organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair, Matthew O’Callaghan said: “The awards are a natural extension of the Fair. It means that small artisan producers can compete on a level playing field without the dominance of the large commercial producers which occurs in some of the cheese awards.”

Will Atkinson from Hill Farm Dairy in Somerset said: “This is a terrific thing to have set up! Well done.”

Paul Carter of sponsor, A la Carte Packaging Solutions said: “It gives me great pleasure as the owner of A la Carte Packaging Solutions to be involved as a sponsor of the ‘Supreme Champion’ of the very first Artisan Cheese Awards. The ‘smaller in volume but producers of top quality products’ are just as important to the diverse cheese market of the UK and have not only their own cheese show, but now also their own awards to which they can aspire.

“As the only ‘one stop shop’ for cheese packers both big and small, I have found the cheese people of the UK to be an absolute pleasure to work with. I hope to make acquaintance with more of the special cheese people in the artisan sector as a result of being involved with the show. May I take this opportunity to wish all competitors the very best of luck!” added Paul Carter.

The Artisan Cheese Fair takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend. Entrance is priced at £3. For more information on the Artisan Cheese Fair 2016, visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk

Record number of cheese makers at UK’s largest cheese fair  

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Feb 082016
 

50th cheese maker signs up to exhibit at Artisan Cheese Fair from 30 April to 1 May 2016 in Melton Mowbray

Visitors to the Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray this year will be able to enjoy a record number of cheeses as 50 local and national cheese producers have now signed up to showcase over 300 of the UK’s best artisan cheeses.

The UK’s largest dedicated cheese fair will return for its sixth year from 10am to 4pm on 30 April and 1 May 2015 at the Cattle Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1JY.

Last year, over 8,000 cheese-lovers visited the Artisan Cheese Fair and visitors to this year’s event will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the UK’s rarest artisan cheeses including cow, goat and sheep milk cheeses.

Exhibitors will be coming from England, Ireland and Wales, ranging from very small producers relatively new to cheese making, through to family firms that have been making artisan cheese for generations. Exhibitors will include the 50th producer to sign up, Hamm Tun Fine Foods whose Cobblers Nibble is a multi award winning hard English cheese made from pasteurised cows’ milk from a Northamptonshire Fresian herd.

Gary Bradshaw from Hamm Tun Fine Foods said: “This will be our first year at the Artisan Cheese Fair. The event has a great reputation as being an excellent place to showcase products to real cheese-lovers. As a relatively new producer, we’ve just moved into larger premises and are confident that the Cheese Fair will be a springboard to further growth.”

Visitors can also learn about cheese in the daily programme of talks, demonstrations and tastings given by industry experts, as well as enjoying other local produce including pies, wine, cakes, cider, champagne and Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pies.

Matthew O’Callaghan organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair added: “The record number of cheese makers who have booked so far shows the reputation of the Fair in the cheese world. The event is a must for anyone who loves cheese with some of the UK’s rarest cheeses on show to taste and buy.”

The Artisan Cheese Fair takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend. Entrance is priced at £3. For more information on the Artisan Cheese Fair 2016, visit www.artisancheesefair.co.uk

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Feb 242014
 

UK’S LARGEST CHEESE FAIR RETURNS IN 2016

51 cheesemakers and over 280 cheeses booked so far at Artisan Cheese Fair 2016

30 April to 1 May 2016 at Melton Mowbray Cattle Market, Leicestershire

The UK’s largest cheese fair will return for its sixth year in 2016 when the Artisan Cheese Fair takes place in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire from 30 April to 1 May. Last year, over 8,000 cheese-lovers visited the Cheese Fair and with over 50 cheesemakers showcasing in excess of 250 different products at this year’s event, visitors will have the opportunity to taste and buy some of the UK’s rarest and most popular artisan cheeses.

The Artisan Cheese Fair will be held from 10am to 4pm from 30 April to 1 May 2015 at the Cattle Market, Scalford Road. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1JY. Entry to the Fair is just £3 per person.

There is coach parking available on site for up to 50 vehicles at the Cattle Market and driver offers are available on request from Matthew O’Callaghan on 07894229499 or email matthewocall@gmail.com.

Visitors can learn about cheese in the daily programme of talks, demonstrations and tastings given by industry experts, as well as enjoying other local produce including pies, wine, cakes, cider, champagne and Melton Mowbray’s famous Pork Pies.

Matthew O’Callaghan, organiser of the Artisan Cheese Fair said: “The Artisan Cheese Fair is now into its sixth year and continues to grow in size and quality of experience for local, regional and national visitors. With plans for more exhibitors, offering more types of cheese than ever, this year’s event will be the largest cheese fair of its type in the UK.”

Tim Jones, Chair of the Specialist Cheesemakers Association, added: “Many of our members attend the Artisan Cheese Fair in Melton Mowbray which has gained a very positive reputation nationwide over the last few years as an opportunity for specialist cheesemakers to showcase their products.”