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Cheese of the week - Harrogate Blue

Our cheese of the week is also one of our biggest sellers - Harrogate Blue.  The cheese has also just won a gold medal at the British Cheese Awards earlier this week. Created by Judy Bell's daughters Katie and Caroline at Shepherd's Purse Cheeses in Thirsk, it was launched in 2012 and won Best New Product at the Great Yorkshire Show in the same year.  It then won a silver medal at the World Cheese Awards and a gold at the Gobal Cheese awards in the same year.Matured for at least 10 weeks the cheese has a creamy texture and a peppery finish.

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My first cheese selling adventure - Chapel Allerton Easter Eggstravaganza

Easter Sunday (yesterday) was my first time selling cheese at a fair - I took a stall at the CARA Easter Eggstravaganza in Chapel Allerton. The gloomy grey skies may have threatened, but thankfully the rain held off and brought out lots of people to have fun with the CARA guys, who'd laid on lots of fun and games for the family. One the stall there was a great selection of Lacey's cheese: Sage Derby Blue Olive Mescolate Smoked Cheddar Mature Cheddar Traditional Wensleydale Brie There was also a seletion of fantastic chutneys made by the guys from Pudsey Pickles.   I met lots of cheese fans, who were very keen on the cheeses and chutneys we had on sale.  The brightly marbled...

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Unexpectedly Yorkshire

It's the start of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, and time to try something new.  I'd been invited along to the "Unexpectedly Yorkshire" evening at the Corn Exchange in Leeds.  The evening promised to challenge a few conventions and clichés about Yorkshire food - not just Wensleydale cheese and Yorkshire puddings.   It was also a lead in for the latest Cornucopia event taking place on Good Friday - which regularly boasts a great collection of  independent local food producers and regularly has a very detrimental effect on my bank account. We started off with a welcoming glass of wine, grown and produced at the Leventhorpe Vineyard in Leeds.  Yes, you did read that right - wine grown and made right here...

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