The Devon County Show’s annual cheese awards have attracted a vast range of entries this year.
The cheeses are judged mostly on flavour, as well as presentation and other credentials.
Chief Steward of Dairy Produce, Sarah Hammett, is extremely grateful for the exceptional number of entries which have exceeded 180.
“The 2017 competition has been particularly well supported, and the display is bigger than ever.”
“It’s great that many of this year’s prize winners are Devon-based, including producers such as Torre Valley and Cheddar Gorge.”
“Some are much further afield, and one cheese has been entered from as far as Locherbie in Scotland.”
“We’ve got lots of other varieties – goat’s cheese, cow’s cheese and even buffalo cheese.”
“There’s lots of Cheddar – a traditional cheese which is always very well liked. But soft cheese is also becoming more popular.”
“There was a locally produced celebration cake made of cheese as well which is pretty impressive.”
Written by Rob Jennings.
Photographs by Nicky Woods.