Just back from an amble round Dorset’s Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival which once again has been blessed with superb weather. The festival is on again tomorrow, Sunday 9th September, and here are a few pics from our favourite bits.
Cheeses from Leicestershire Handmade Cheese Company whose ‘Sparkenhoe’ Red Leicester is made from an old recipe using unpasteurised milk. We particularly like the Vintage Sparkenhoe which is aged for 18 months.
From the New Forest, Lyburn’s Stoney Cross which is a bit like a Tomme de Savoie and the stronger Old Winchester, which they compare with an Old Amsterdam.
With some 30 real ales on offer, the beer tent was popular. We sampled two bitters – Hopback’s Summer Lightning and Hobden Wessex Brewery’s Merrie Mink.
A delicious selection of goat and cow cheeses from Dorset-based Woolsery Cheese.
We always make a beeline for Somerset’s Westcombe Dairy to try their mature cheddar and Duckett’s Caerphilly.
We all tucked into samples of From Dorset With Love’s chutneys and jams and we were pleased to secure the last jar of Chilli Jam.
Goat’s cheeses made in Devon by Norsworthy. The soft, creamy cheese of the same name was our favourite.
So, tonight’s cheeseboard features Sparkenhoe Vintage, Woolsery’s Snowdrop soft goat’s cheese. We picked The Dorset Blue Cheese Company’s spicy tomato chutney to accompany the cheese selection and their Dorset Blue Vinny cheese shouldn’t be missed.
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