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Artisan Cheese Awards 2018

117 cheese makers from across the UK and Ireland competed for this year’s Supreme Champion award at the Artisan Cheese Awards 2018.


Over 500 entries from across the British Isles were judged at St Mary’s Church (also home to the British Pie Awards). More than 100 of these cheeses were produced by 25 of the top Irish artisan cheese makers, a record for the Artisan Cheese Awards.

A number of the winners and entrants from this year’s Artisan Cheese Awards will be present at the Artisan Cheese Fair, to be held at Melton Livestock Market from 5-6 May 2018.

Organiser of the awards, Matthew O’Callaghan from the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, said: “I’m really delighted to have had so many of Ireland’s incredible cheeses coming over here for the awards and the fair. However, there are a lot of award-winning cheeses produced in the UK as well, from the tip of Scotland right down to Cornwall.”

2018 Gold Winners

• Tunworth from Hampshire Cheeses Ltd, Hampshire (Soft)
• Durrus Og from Durrus Cheese Ltd, County Cork (Semi-Soft)
• Coolea Extra Matured from Coolea Farmhouse Cheese Limited, County Cork (Hard)
• Bath Blue from Bath Soft Cheese, Wiltshire (Blue)
• Edmund Tew from Blackwoods Cheese Company, Kent (Cow)
• Berkswell from Ram Hall Dairy, Warwickshire (Sheep)
• Killeen Cheddar from Killeen Farmhouse Cheese, County Galway (Goat)
• Norfolk Mardler from Fielding Cottage, Norfolk (Vegetarian)
• St Jude from Whitewood Dairy, Somerset (Raw Milk)
• Bath Soft Cheese from Bath Soft Cheese, Wiltshire (Organic)
• Soft Mature from Grumpy Farmer, Derbyshire (Farmhouse)
• St Andrews Farmhouse from St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company, Fife (Territorial)
• Extra Mature Keen's Cheddar from Keen's Cheddar Ltd, Somerset (Protected Food Name)
• The Three Sisters from Galway Goat Farm, County Galway (New Cheese)
• Sheep Rustler from White Lake Cheese Ltd, Suffolk (Washed Rind)
• Connage Gouda with Cumin from Connage Highland Dairy, Inverness (Flavoured)
Sponsors for the 2018 Artisan Cheese Awards were:

  • Fine Cheese Co
  • Paul Thomas Consultancy
  • Melton Town Estate
  • NFU
  • Bradbury's Cheese
  • Bentons
  • A La Carte Packaging Solution,
  • Marks & Spencer,
  • Melton Mowbray Food Partnership
  • Vegetarian Society
  • Melton Borough Council
  • Harvey and Brockless
  • Neal's Yard
  • Howes Percival LLP
  • La Fromagerie