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The Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show
27/05/06

Competition is set to be as fierce as ever in the Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Competition, which takes place for the fifth time this year. The event is part of the Great Yorkshire Show, the region’s largest annual rural and farming event. Held on the edge of the spa town of Harrogate, last year’s show attracted a record-breaking crown of 134,810 visitors.

Gillian Hall and Jean Butler of Butlers Farmhouse Cheese who won Supreme Champion Dairy Product Award at the 2005 Great Yorkshire Show. Sir Ken Morrison (centre) presented the award.

Gillian Hall and Jean Butler of Butlers Farmhouse Cheese who won Supreme Champion Dairy Product Award at the 2005 Great Yorkshire Show. Sir Ken Morrison (centre) presented the award.

Sponsored once again by Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, an innovation for the section this year is a class for Flavoured Milk. This will be judged by the winning teams from the cheese-judging competitions at this year’s Countryside Days for primary schools held at the Showground in June. The Countryside Days event is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and is aimed at promoting rural life to young people.

The Retailer Section, introduced in 2005, returns with own-label dairy products battling it out for the honours, while the judges will be hard-pressed to choose the best from amongst the many ice-creams, butters, milks and yoghurts entered in the various categories.

Taking centre-stage as ever are the cheese classes, and Jayne Hickinbotham of Dee Dairy Services, one of the show’s organisers, says the Stilton category could be the one to watch this year.

“After a number of years where the producers of Stilton have remained the same in number, two new producers have become established and we hope they will enter. It will also be interesting to see if the Lancashire cheesemakers capitalise on their recently-raised profile. A ‘tasty Lancashire from Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses won Supreme Dairy Product at last year’s show, putting paid to any thoughts that a cheese from over the Pennines would never win a major prize in the county of the white rose!”

While winning the title of Supreme Dairy Product is the ultimate accolade, another hotly-contested trophy is that of Best Yorkshire Product, sponsored by Wensleydale Dairy Products of Hawes, North Yorkshire, and won last year by Longley Farm with their Cottage Cheese & Chives.

“It’s always great to see the range of high-quality dairy products coming from our own local producers,” says Jayne. “We’re sure the standard of entries will be as high as ever and look forward to seeing who takes the awards.”

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