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Local Cheese Wins Super Gold Medal at World Cheese Awards

Best British Cheese Winner 2016

One of our amazing lines of cheese available in-store has been honoured with the title of Best British Cheese at the recent World Cheese Awards.

Ford Farm – part of the Barbers’ family of West Country cheesemakers – was recognised for their Cave Aged Goats Cheese. In competition with hundreds of other cheeses, the cheese was judged to be the best by an international panel as the Best British Cheese at the 29th annual World Cheese Awards.

With more than 3,000 cheeses being judged – including 510 entries from the UK alone – the Dorchester-based cheese was one of eight British cheeses to win the Super Gold label designation.

Cave Aged Goats Cheese is made from milk sourced from a local goat herd. It has a mild, clean flavour and the texture is firm – almost similar to that of cheddar.  That makes sense seeing the cheese is made using identical techniques to Barbers’ famous farmhouse cheddar. In making the cheese, the curds are turned by hand and the cheese is pressed into cylindrical moulds. They are then wrapped in cheesecloth and left to mature naturally.

To mature, the cheese is taken to the caves at Wookey Hole in Somerset. It is this location that gives the goats cheese its unique flavour characteristics.

“Placing it in the caves gives our cheddars a very distinctive additional layer which is earthy, rich and nutty and is a direct result of the cave’s atmosphere,” said Mike Pullin, director at Ford Farm and the original founder of Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar.

“Our Cave Aged Goat is mild from a goat flavour point of view but add to this all the rich and complex characteristics from the cave and you have a truly winning variety,” Pullin continued. “It’s a real achievement and credit to our superbly productive goats as well as our talented cheesemakers!”

Ford Farm has already enjoyed widespread success with its original Cave Aged Cow’s Milk Cheddar which has been around since 2006. Cave Aged Goat’s Cheese is available in our Mole Valley Farmers stores and select Mole Country Stores.

Source Details

 Matt Hebberd, Mole Valley Farmers

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