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Yesterday morning, @heatherrhian and I woke up early to start the long drive North to visit the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich, the largest cheese and dairy show in the World.

Masses of cheese awaiting judging

Masses of cheese awaiting judging

Although I entered the World Cheese Awards last year, I’ve never actually experienced a cheese awards in person.  The volume and variety of cheese was incredible.

Blue Laughing Cow cheese

Blue Laughing Cow cheese

There were a few award winners dotted around the room which were quite surprising to say the least.  I was quite curious to see how blue Laughing Cow and the chocolate and orange cheese tasted, but I wasn’t sure about the etiquette of scoffing unattended cheese.

Chocolate and orange cheese

Chocolate and orange cheese

Although the rest of the Nantwich Agricultural Show was cancelled due to poor weather, on the day the sun was beating down, making it quite an uncomfortable atmosphere for some of the cheeses on show.

Cheese cracking in the heat

Cheese cracking in the heat

Gooey melting cheese

Gooey melting cheese

There were a fair few familiar faces around.  Peter Elvin of Butlers Cheese very kindly gave me a little tour and access to the hospitality area while clutching his trophy awarded to one of their Raven’s Oak goat cheeses.

Blacksticks Blue cheese

Blacksticks Blue cheese

Of course my old friend Jaap of Jongia and the Cheesemaking Shop also had a stand, and was busy selling his excellent cheese making equipment to visitors.

Jaap of Jongia and The Cheesemaking Shop

Jaap of Jongia and The Cheesemaking Shop

I’ll definitely be back next year, as well as attending the British Cheese Awards and the World Cheese Awards – hopefully as an entrant!

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