Entries are officially open for this year’s British Cheese Awards, to be held at the Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset on 31st May
As well as the Supreme Champion, the Reserve Champion, Country Awards and the eight Main Category Awards, this year's event sees 13 Special Awards, with a new Best Specialist Cheesemaker Award brought into the fold.
The 2016 competition had over 900 entries from 148 cheesemakers, with cheese entered from over 54 different countries across the UK and Ireland.
For 2017, 70 judges will work their way through 136 classes of cheese in nine categories. Judges score the cheeses on presentation, texture, aroma, flavour and balance, and depending on the scores that each cheese is given, gold, silver or bronze medals are awarded.
Peter Mitchell, chairman of the British Cheese Awards said, “We are delighted to announce that the British Cheese Awards 2017 are now open for entries. Last year’s awards were a great celebration of cheesemakers’ passion and variety. We are looking forward to seeing what these cheesemakers, renowned for their excellence and commitment to quality, will put into competition for this year.”
A British Cheese Marquee will also be in operation, where British cheesemakers who have entered the awards can sell their products to visitors of the event. As well as purchase cheeses directly from producers, visitors can attend cheese tasting events and talks throughout the day.
For details on how to enter the awards visit britishcheeseawards.com