The International Cheese Awards are on their way back to Cheshire this July, attracting cheese lovers from all over the world as part of the Nantwich Agricultural Show on July 29th and 30th 2014.
The ICA is the largest cheese show in the world and is truly international in flavour, attracting an amazing 4286 entries in 2013 from 27 different countries. In all, 283 categories were judged last year, with a delicious Claxstone Smooth Blue produced by Long Clawson Dairy emerging as Supreme Champion. Other worthy winners included Belton Cheese, who came away with the National Westminster trophy for the highest number of gold awards, and Marks & Spencer, who won the Supreme Retailer Award.
This year’s show – the 117th – looks set to be bigger and better than ever, with celebrity chef James Martin already confirmed to appear in the cookery demonstration theatre and other top names still to be announced. Tuesday 29th July is Judging, Press and Trade Day, which offers the chance to browse the stalls of a huge range of exhibitors - from tiny artisan cheese producers to well-known national brands - before the winners of each category are announced towards the end of the day. Then on Wednesday 30th July, our beautiful 80.000 sq ft cheese complex will be opened up to the public – the show attracted an astonishing 36,000 visitors in 2012 and continues to go from strength to strength.
Truly an occasion not to be missed, the International Cheese Awards are a cheese lover’s paradise!