Out of a pretty crap week I got some awesome news, I’d won some tickets to the Nantwich Show (thanks Keeley!) This was exciting because as Keeley had previously blogged about the International Cheese Awards being hosted at the show and Mr W and I LOVE cheese, so this was the perfect day out date for us! We got a little bit lost finding the show ground, our sat nav really needs updating, but eventually we made it and parked up. Our first stop and possibly only stop at that point was the cheese awards tent.
We don’t try to be cheese snobs, but we do prefer something a bit different to your bog standard own brand. So we walked right past the supermarket stands and went on the search for something different. Although I must admit, I still tried a few from some well known brands, but they did lack something after we’d tried a lot of the special cheeses on offer. Whilst we tried so many, I’ll let you know who we ended up buying from…
Our first stop on the ‘to buy list’ was Claxstone, who had two stand out cheeses, sadly we only managed to buy the Red Leicester by the time we’d made our minds up, but I’ll be hunting down the Smooth Blue ASAP! Their Red Leicester, which instead of dried in plastic, is covered in butter and wrapped in fabric during the maturing process. I’m a Red Leicester fan normally, but this was something else- even Mr W enjoyed. The Smooth Blue was amazing it had much less bite than the stilton but still packed in a lot of flavour and was an enjoyable cheese.
Secondly we went back to Orsom. Their Orsom Blue had us a in a hold that no other blue we tried that day did. It was smooth, mellow and packed a proper blue punch. We also bought their Woodew smoked cheddar and the mature cheddar called Winston. We both actually found their gold winner, Grace, to be a bit too mild for our liking! Lastly we decided to purchase the Greek Style goats cheese from Delamere, this was wonderfully creamy and I cannot wait to make a Greek salad with this cheese.
In the end we decided not to waste our tickets and just indulge in eating cheese, so we wandered round the show to burn off some of the calories we’d just consumed. Luckily the sun had come out to say hello so we wandered around looking at the livestock and other things on show.
Have you been to the Nantwich Show before? Are you a cheese fan too? Let me know in the comments,