Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Andy Swinscoe
Cheese Correspondent
12:00 AM 15th June 2024

Courtyard Dairy Organises Celebration Of Northern Cheese Festival

Cheese Festival 2023
Cheese Festival 2023
Sunday 7th July will see some of the finest farmhouse cheese-makers in the north come together at The Courtyard Dairy's famous shop near Settle, to showcase the brilliance of farm cheese.

Andy Swinscoe, Courtyard Dairy owner says:
"It's really great to bring together the few remaining small farm cheesemakers in the North, and showcase these little family farms and their rare, hard to find cheeses in one place."

"A lot of these farmers and cheesemaker rarely leave the farm so to have them all in one place at the same time is a rare treat."

Cheese Festival 2023
Cheese Festival 2023
Eleven farm cheesemakers are attending, including Mary Davenport who just won Supreme Champion cheese at the British Cheese Awards for her snowdrop cheese. They will be joined by Kirkstall Brewery, Bouncing Cows' Ice cream (with a blue cheese ice cream flavour!) and The Cheese Truck doing hot grilled cheese toasties.

Throughout the day there will be demonstrations and talks on cheesemaking, cookery, beer and cheese matching, as well as kid goats to pet! Giggleswick & Settle Brass Band will be there to open the event with a rousing performance of Wallace and Gromit's theme tune.

Kathy, owner of The Courtyard Dairy says:
"It's one of my favourite days of the year.

"This year we'll even have a cheese to taste that's made right here with milk from Settle - Settle and North Yorkshire's own cheese. You can be one of the first ever to try it!"

Cheese Festival 2023
Cheese Festival 2023
Attending the Celebration of Northern Cheese event includes Graham Kirkham (of Lancashire Cheese fame), Mario Olianas (Leeds Blue), Sam and Ben Spence (Yoredale Wensleydale), Nicola Robinson Gott (St James Cheeses), Chris & Paul Burgess (Long Swale Cheese) the Noblet family (Fellstone) , Stonebeck, Kalkaber Cheese, LowFields Farm, Doddington Cheese, Cote Hill Farm and Errington Cheese.

It’s a free event and takes place between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 7th July at The Courtyard Dairy near Settle.