The cream of British cheesemaking was on display last week during the British Cheese Awards.

Organisers described the event, held for the first time at Blenheim Palace, as a great success with more than 780 entries.

Chairman Juliet Harbutt said the number of gold winners was 57, with 72 winning silver and 137 bronze.

This year’s supreme champion was an organic Stilton from the Cropwell Bishop Creamery, while the cheese lovers trophy was awarded to a Caerphilly from Duckett R A & Co.

Harbutt said the weekend had been extremely successful with a notable increase in trade visitors this year.

“There was also evidence of a lot of new cheese makers coming on board, which is excellent news as the industry has had some serious ups and downs. It’s good to know that there’s still some life in it.”

She said one of the main growth areas has been modern British hard cheeses this year,
produced from cows, goats, sheep and even buffalo milk. The number of vegetarian cheese entries had also risen in line with the number of overall entries, making up 95% this year.