LOCAL FIRMS SCOOP A RAFT OF AWARDS AT 2015 GCAs
Cheesemakers operating just a stone's throw from the site of the Global Cheese Awards (GCAs) in east Somerset took home a clutch of awards from the 2015 GCAs despite stiff opposition.
Wyke Farms walked away with the gold award for its Organic Mature Cheddar in the Organic Cheddar class, with Ditchet-based Barbers taking the bronze medal behind Cricketer Farms. Wyke also won gold for its Block Mature Cheddar in the Best Somerset Cheddar category, while its Kingdom Organic Sharp Cheddar scooped the same colour rosette in the Cheese for Exporting in Commercial Packaging section.
Barbers won both gold and silver in the Block Farmhouse Extra Mature Cheddar Class, plus it claimed bronze in the Best European Cheddar (any age) class. Its Dales Butter scooped gold in the Salted Whey Cream Butter category.
Wincanton-based Keens Cheddar Ltd took the gold medal in the Hard Cheese with Unpasteurised Raw Milk class with its Raw Milk Chedder. The company additionally won Best Truckle of Cheddar, beating Batch Farm Cheesemakers to the top accolade, while it was also victorious in the Medium Farmhouse Cheddar class and the Traditional Farmhouse Extra Mature Cheddar section.
Bruton's Godminster won gold in the Cheese wtih Additives Savoury for its Organic Brie with Garlic & Chives. It was also victorious in the Cheese with Additives - any Milk class.
Lyner Dairies Cheese Co won the UK Supreme Champion Cheese Award for its hand-made hard cheese Cornish kern, with Dairy Crest Ltd (Davidstow) reserve champion in this category. The results were reversed in the Global Champion Cheese Category.
ASDA was the retailer gaining the highest number of points in show.