International Cheese & Dairy Awards 2019 – Success!
We are so proud to have received a number of awards at the International Cheese & Dairy Awards held this week. Unfortunately, the extreme weather took its toll and the Nantwich Show had to be cancelled, but the second day of the ICDA and judging went ahead.
We have long been fans of cheese, So this year, we decided to enter some products for the ICDA.
We’re so pleased that some of our favourites brought home prizes. Our Pear & Ginger Chutney won the Gold in the “blue cheese accompaniment” class, whilst Devon Fire fans will be delighted to know that it was rewarded with Gold in the “any other cheese accompaniment” category.
Otter Vale’s Apple & Westcountry Cider Chutney is used in many a ploughman’s lunch locally, and won the Silver in the “hard cheese accompaniment” competition. Made with local cider, from apples grown at Four Elms Fruit Farm along the Otter Vale, this has been a firm favourite in our area for many decades, and it’s great that this has been recognised with another award, since winning a star at the 2013 Great Taste Awards.
Our Apricot Chutney won Silver in the “soft cheese accompaniment” class, as it’s a bit of a sneaky favourite. Not just for the cold meats!
Another of our favourites is our fresh and zingy Gooseberry & Elderflower Chutney, which we love with a local goats’ cheese. This one won Very Highly Commended in the “any other cheese accompaniment” section. It’s also brilliant with mackerel!
Finally, one of our most recent addition to the range, Red Onion Marmalade, won Very Highly Commended in the “any other cheese accompaniment” AND in the “hard cheese accompaniment” classes, to sit alongside its 2019 Taste of the West Commended.
A big thank you to those judges who tried and enjoyed our selection of products. We’ve got some more to add if the entry classes expand next year to include our savoury jellies, so fingers crossed! As ever, it’s lovely to win awards and achieve that recognition. However, we try not to get too carried away by them, as we’re very aware of the vagaries of personal taste, even by the experts. The best award is the reward we get when people enjoy eating what we enjoy making. Thank YOU!