The British Cheese Awards were held last night in Cardiff and there was more success on the night for Irish cheese producers, including another Gold win for local (to me) producer Helen Finnegan at Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese in Stoneyford whose Knockdrinna Gold came away with Best Goat’s Cheese out of a category containing 148 cheeses. The honour last year also went to an Irish producer with Galway’s Killeen Farmhouse Cheese taking the awards. Knockdrinna’s sheep’s cheese took silver in its category making it another good year for Knockdrinna at the awards, building on last year’s success with the overall Supreme Champion award
Other Irish winners included Killeen Farmhouse Cheese who took the Best Irish cheese award for their Killen Goat Extra Mature. The same cheese also won in the Best Modern British category while Aillwee Cave’s Burren Gold Cumin took the award for Best Flavour Added Cheese. The Supreme Champion award this year went to Wensleydale Dairy Products for their Real Yorkshire Wensleydale Blue.
Over 900 cheeses were entered into the competition by 187 producers from across Ireland and the UK.