It’s British Cheese Week and we at West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers (www.farmhousecheesemakers.com) are licking our lips in anticipation. For all your cheesy resource needs drop us a line or give us a call.
We’re happy to share our:
• Tasty recipes with a Cheddar twist
• Contemporary photography
• Information on Cheese and Wine matching
• The ratio for the perfect cheese sandwich: http://www.cheddarometer.co.uk/
British Cheese week’s focal point is The Great British Cheese Festival (27th & 28th September), this year hosted in Cardiff Castle. Proceedings get rolling with the 15th Annual British Cheese Awards, the cheese world's version of the Oscars.
Members of West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers will be hoping to improve on last year's impressive effort, where the group scooped over 25 awards.
About West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers:
All the Cheddars produced by members of the West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers have been awarded Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status, which sets them aside from all other Cheddar’s as authentic and handmade on the farm.
The West Country Farmhouse range, available nationwide at Waitrose and Booth’s includes:
Brue Valley - Vintage Cheddar
Denhay - Mature Cheddar
Keen’s – Unpasteurised Extra Mature Cheddar
Parkham – Mature Cheddar
Westcombe – Unpasteurised Mature Cheddar
Green’s – Double Gloucester
Belton – Red Leicester
For further information, samples, recipes and award-winning photography contact:
Dom Lane or Sam Purnell at Bray Leino PR
T: 0117 973 1173, Sam 07725 423194 or Dom 07803 900025
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Notes to editor:
British Cheese Weeks a nationwide campaign to promote British Cheese for more information visit: http://www.thecheeseweb.com/contentok.php?id=298§ion=176
About Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status
Any food of PDO status must undergo an ongoing process of rigorous auditing. Cheese can only be called ‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar’ if:
• It is made using milk from local herds reared and milked in the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon or Cornwall. This ensures that the cheese has a particular texture and flavour.
• And of course, real Cheddar made to PDO guidelines contains no colouring, no flavouring and no preservatives.
• It is made and cut in these same four counties to traditional methods. These methods include the cheese being made by hand. Once the whey has been drained off the curd is repeatedly turned by hand to ensure that all the moisture is drained away - the famous process known as ‘cheddaring’.
• The cheese must be made and matured on the farm and must be aged for at least 9 months. Authentic farmhouse Cheddar doesn’t leave the farm from the moment the milk arrives from the parlour until it’s ready to cut and pack. This means the Cheddar remains in the care of the farmer who can ensure that it is produced and stored to the very highest standards required of a premium cheese.
In order to retain PDO status all West Country Farmhouse cheesemakers must also adhere to the very highest standards of food production as set out in statutes such as the Food Safety Act, Food Safety Regulations, Dairy Products Regulations and Food Labelling Regulations.
The PDO symbol is the consumer’s guarantee of quality and confirmation of the care and attention to detail that West Country Farmhouse cheesemakers invest in each and every cheese they make.
West Country Farmhouse Cheddar is a member of an elite group of premium foods. There are currently only 14 other products in Britain which have been awarded PDO status including: Cornish Clotted Cream, Jersey Royal Potatoes and Orkney Beef.
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