The 118th annual International Cheese Awards proved to be a big weekend for 14 of Ireland’s most prominent cheesemakers, with a total of 69 awards being collected at the renowned show.
The awards took place in the cheese marquee at the show, held in Nantwich, Cheshire.
In total, the organisers received 4,615 entries (a 3.5% increase on last year’s all-time high), from 274 exhibitors (13.5 % up on last year) based in 31 different countries. Over 200 judges took part in the decision making process.
The Supreme Champion UK of the International Cheese Awards 2015 was announced as Greenfields Dairy for their Lancashire cheese. Reserve Supreme Champion UK was awarded to last year’s winner Colston Bassett for their Stilton.
Irish cheese won eight trophies, 19 gold medals, 17 silver medals, 17 bronze medals and eight commendations.
Gold medals were awarded to Glanbia, Kerry, Ornua, Cahill’s Farm Cheese, Old Irish Creamery, Dairygold, Mossfield, Cashel Blue, Green Pastures and Carrigaline. Silver medals went to Glanbia, Kerry, Ornua, Carbery, Mossfield, Dairygold, Carrigaline, Green Pastures and the Tipperary Cheese Co.
Speaking after the awards, Eimear O’Donnell, Bord Bia’s consumer dairy manager, said: “Irish cheese consistently stands up when judged against our overseas counterparts and the industry’s awards haul this year vindicates that and recognises the individual producer’s input.”