Posted: 24/04/2018

British Cheese Awards adds sheep’s milk trophy for 2018

Pavé Cobble White Lake Cheese
BCA 2018 Supreme Champion Pavé Cobble, made by White Lake Cheese in Somerset

This year, the British Cheese Awards has added a new trophy for Best Sheep Cheese in recognition of the style’s growth and increased popularity in the UK.

In 1994, there were 20 cheeses made from ewe’s milk entered into the Awards, while in 2017 there were 61, including the Supreme Champion – White Lake Cheese’s Pavé Cobble.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Awards have also seen overall entries increase 238%, from 296 cheeses in 1994 to 1,000 last year.

“It’s incredibly encouraging to look at these numbers but it’s not just about these, it’s also about the quality of the cheeses being produced today,” said British Cheese chairman Peter Mitchell. “We have a superb industry here in the UK with dedicated cheesemakers, making award-winning cheeses that rival the quality of cheeses made in other countries.

We’ve seen this in the entries that we’ve had for the awards over the past 25 years. It was also highlighted to me when Cornish Kern, a new cheese made by Lynher Dairies in Cornwall, won Supreme Champion at the World Cheese Awards in London last November.”

The British Cheese Awards will take place on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at the Royal Bath & West Show, Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The judging and the presentation of the prizes at the awards dinner will all take place on the same day.

As well as Supreme Champion, the Reserve Champion, the four Country Awards and the eight Main Category Awards, there will also be a special Supreme Champion of Champions Award.

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