18th February, 2020
The British Cheese Awards is now open for entries from across the UK for the 2020 Awards which will be held at on 28 May at The Royal Bath & West Show, Somerset where 70 expert judges will score each cheese on presentation, texture, aroma, flavour and balance. Top cheese will receive gold, silver or bronze medals based on its score. Entries are invited from farmhouse and artisan cheesemakers through to large-scale producers by 10 April 2020.
To reflect the growing popularity of the Awards, the Cheese Awards Hall will be almost twice as big as previous years. Uniquely, the British Cheese Awards are the only awards of their type where the public can watch the judging, they are also invited to taste and vote for their own favourite cheese in the People’s Choice Award.
The best cheeses in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will also be recognised. 70 renowned experts will judge 126 classes of cheese in 13 categories Supreme Champion 2019 went to White Lake Cheese for their exceptional English Pecorino. Judges include Mary Quicke of family cheddar producer Quicke’s; Diane Cox, Master Cheese Grader at Wyke Farms; Alan Watson of Paxton & Whitfield winner of the 2019 Young Cheesemonger of the Year.
The British Cheese Awards were established in 1994 by Julia Harbutt to celebrate the renaissance in British cheesemaking and to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of British cheeses. Over the last 26 years the awards have gone from strength to strength with nearly 900 entries from over 120 cheesemakers in 2019.
Julius Longman, chairman of the British Cheese Awards, says: “The British Cheese Awards demonstrate the quality and diversity of cheesemaking in the UK. We are proud that these Awards give producers recognition and accreditation from their peers and industry experts. It’s always a wonderful event, topped off with a fantastic celebratory dinner.”
If you would like to enter the 2020 British Cheese Awards, click the link below