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."