Cheeses scoop top awards

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Cream o’ Galloway has won four awards at the Artisan Cheese Awards held in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

The awards, which took place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, celebrate the very best of cheese making across the UK.

As well as scooping the Best Micro Producer title, three different cheeses from the Finlay’s Farmhouse Cheese range won individual gold, silver and bronze awards - Carrick cheese was awarded gold, Tomme received a silver and the Laganory cheese was given a bronze award.

The cheeses made at Cream o’ Galloway are all carefully handcrafted using artisan methods by Sarah Haworth who is reviving the traditional craft of cheese making which the Cream o’ Galloway farm was once famous for.

Wilma Finlay of Cream o’ Galloway said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to win the best Micro Producer award at the UK’s largest dedicated cheese fair, and to get such great recognition for our cheeses is really encouraging. We are very proud of our team who have only been making cheese for the past 3 years.”

Cream o’ Galloway has been making ice cream with their own milk since 1994 and recently the company revived the art of cheese making on the site, using milk from their herd of 100 organic dairy cows. During the daily Farm & Creamery Tour at Cream o’ Galloway, visitors have the opportunity to taste the cheeses and to meet the cows.

Most of the cheese currently made is used in the menu at Cream o’ Galloway’s own visitor centre and sold in their shop, but there are now several outlets throughout Dumfries and Galloway selling the cheese or using it in restaurant menus. You will find Finlay’s Farmhouse Cheeses at Kilnford in Dumfries, at Sunrise in Castle Douglas, Kinnairds in Dalbeattie, Colvend Village Store and at Brambles in Kirkcudbright.

Organised by the Melton Mowbray Food Partnership, the Artisan Cheese Awards attracted 338 entries from 86 cheese makers with finalists including 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.