Yorkshire Weddings Are Getting More Cheese-y!
Andy Swinscoe, Cheese Correspondent
The welcome renaissance of cheese-making in Yorkshire over the last five years means that lucky couples can at last create a really-special cheese wedding cake that’s 100% Yorkshire – made with nothing but the finest Yorkshire cheeses.
“Seven years ago, when we started selling the very best cheese, there was only one Yorkshire producer making raw-milk cheese on their farm,” says award-winning cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe of The Courtyard Dairy.
“So even though we offered cheese-wedding cakes we had to use cheeses from throughout Britain and Europe.”
The low-price of milk, however, coupled with an increasing interest in provenance and quality food, has seen many small producers turn to cheese-making to secure a viable future. Now, with a much larger range of cheeses being made in Yorkshire, cheesemongers can cater for their Yorkshire-loving customers by providing cheese wedding cakes made from nothing but Yorkshire cheeses.
“The popularity of cheese wedding cakes seems to have just grown and grown,” continues Andy,
“Whereas once we’d make two to three a month and a cheese wedding cake was only ever seen at ‘alternative’ weddings, nowadays The Courtyard Dairy prepares several each week. It’s become quite a mainstream thing, and, being based in Yorkshire, it’s great to be able to offer a cheese wedding cake made of purely local cheeses – a cake that will satisfy even the most ardent Yorkshireman.”
The Courtyard Dairy’s Yorkshire cheese wedding cake is compiled of delights such as Leeds Blue, handmade by Italian Mario Olianas in Adel, 18-month-old Dale End Cheddar, from Botton Camphill Trust near Whitby, Hebden Bridge Goat’s cheese and, of course, Wensleydale.
Customers can even make their own cheese to use in their cheese wedding cake.
“For some time now we’ve run cheese-making courses where participants get to take their cheese home afterwards,” says Andy,
“Then, out of the blue (pardon the pun) two of our customers asked if they could make a cheese that could be matured to be ready to serve at their wedding. We helped them make it the right size so it would fit in their cheese wedding cake. I think that might be the first time that someone has had a cheese wedding cake using cheese made by themselves!”
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Yorkshire Weddings Are Getting More Cheese-y!, 12th April 2019, 19:00 PM