British Cheese Week got off to a great start for us with a Gold medal in the Traditional Caerphilly category at the British Cheese Awards. Maugan, Kim and the small team at the Farm work so hard to make and mature Gorwydd with every bit as much love and attention to detail as they did on day one, and it is really cheering when it is recognised as outstanding by judges at a competition such as this.
I think we’ll be sending out Gold medal stickers to wholesale customers so if you sell our cheese, please do display a sticker and tell your customers – and if you simply like eating our cheese, then please tell yourself and your friends, family and local cheese shop/deli!
September got off to a cracking start generally when Wallace and Grommit’s Cheese Challenge van rocked up to the farm to collect a Gorwydd for The Grand Cheese Auction.
The Grand Cheese Challenge is part of Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal and is in support of the undertaking of a small fundraising team from Bristol, whose aim is to collect 30 cheeses in 30 days driving the length and breadth of the UK & Europe, in support of The Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Service at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
“Inspired by Wallace & Gromit’s love of cheese, The Grand Cheese Challenge team will be setting out in September to collect our cheeses. By actually driving to each cheesemaker and collecting the cheeses we hope to gain a better understanding of the processes, care and dare I say it, love, that goes into the making of these superb cheeses… With at least 30 quality cheeses, our auction is sure to be a cheese lovers dream.”
Gorwydd, along with the other 29 cheeses, will be auctioned during The Grand Cheese Auction at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, on October 25th. Find out about buying tickets here.
The other national charity we’ve supported in the last twelve months (and every year for as long as I can remember) is the Chelsea Pensioners Ceremony of the Christmas cheeses – through the Dairy Council. The Ceremony of Christmas Cheeses dates back to 1692 when the Royal Hospital, Chelsea asked a local cheesemonger to provide the pensioners with cheese as a Christmas treat, and every year since British cheesemakers from across the country have honoured the Chelsea Pensioners.
Locally we’ve also supported the following causes in the last few months:
- Air Ambulance -Tregaron Bowling Club for First Response
- Cancer Research – Llanfair Clydogau auction for
- Llanddewi Brefi Primary School – New Inn auction
- Llanddewi Brefi church – Cheese and Wine evening
- Sponsor of Lampeter Agricultural Show