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Be a Cheese and Dairy Expert at the 2009 Great Yorkshire Show

Calling all cheese connoisseurs, milk enthusiasts and ice cream fiends – now is your chance to put your love of all dairy products to the test at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.

Youngsters check out the cheese
at the Great Yorkshire Show

Youngsters check out the cheese at the Great Yorkshire Show

For the first time, the Show is looking for judges for a new class being introduced to what is one of England’s largest farming and rural events.

As part of the Great Yorkshire Show’s Cheese and Dairy Show, there will be a new Consumer’s Choice Class when members of the public will be able to put their love and knowledge of all things dairy to the test.

Visitors will be able to reserve time slots to try out their taste buds as judges of the dairy products class on the first day of the Great Yorkshire Show, which runs from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 July.

It is hoped products from across the Cheese and Dairy Show will be entered for the Consumer’s Choice Class – allowing visitors to taste everything from hard and blue cheeses to yoghurts, ice creams, milk, cream and butter.

Jayne Hickinbotham, co-ordinator of the Cheese and Dairy Show, said: “If you dote on dairy and can give all the entries a run for their money, then book your time slot. Judge with a friend or a partner if you wish, and let the companies have your comments on their entries.”

The Cheese and Dairy Show is a popular part of the Great Yorkshire Show, which attracts more than 125,000 visitors over the three days. Last year, around 126,376 visitors attended the event, including Her Majesty the Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

Since it was introduced in 2002, entries in the cheese and dairy section have continued to increase. This year, in response to demand, there will be more cheesemaking and judging demonstrations throughout the event; dairy product trade stands are being introduced into the judging area for the first time, allowing the public to buy many of the products being judged and there will be a greater variety of speciality products on display.

Tickets are now on sale for the 151st Great Yorkshire Show. There are savings for tickets booked in advance. Advance ticket prices are: adults - £18; concessions – £16; children (aged 5 – 18) - £8; under 5s – free; family ticket (two adults and three children) - £47. To buy, call the ticket hotline on 01423 541222 or order securely online at Car parking is free and extensive.

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