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Taking a look at what goes into making artisan cheese

COOL STORAGE: Cheese-maker George bullock showing visitors where the cneese is stored
COOL STORAGE: Cheese-maker George bullock showing visitors where the cneese is stored

Public demand leads award-winning business to run festive tours

AWARD-WINNING cheese-makers opened their doors in the run-up to the Christmas period for their loyal customers to see how things are done. The Cheesemakers of Canterburg based in Dargate, near Faversham, was only established in 2008 but has already been turning heads in the World Cheese Awards. In 2011 their popular Ashmore cheese came In the top 50 best cheeses in the world. They opened to the public for three days last year, and it proved so popular with their customers that they extended it to five days this time. The open days include a talk by the cheesemakers themselves, where they guide visitors through where the cheese is made and stored on site.

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AWARDS: Cheesemaker George with his trophy for customer service won at the Kent Show

Selection

There is also a selection of the cheeses to taste and buy, as well as other gifts such as chutneys and cheese boards. Owner Jane Bowyer said:

“I suppose It started oft where we do shows and we have a few bits of cheese left over so we’d open to the public. We don’t open to the public generally because of the hygiene, but It proved popular so we now just do it at Christmas. It’s dificult though because it’s very small in there. A lot of people come up and buy their cheeses for Christmas. We advertise it at the markets where we have our loyal customers.”

Visitors were also greeted by Simon Reed, from Old Rough Wife cider, who was offering mulled cider. Based near Canterbury, he produces artisan Kent ciders and cider vinegar from spray-free apples. They are sold in 30 pubs across Kent as well as Macknade Fine Foods, in Faversham, and The Goods Shed, in Canterbury Cheeses from the Cheese-makers of Canterbury can also be found locally at Macknade Fine Foods, the Goods Shed and at some Faversham markets.

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VINTAGE EQUIPMENT: A cheese press

Herne Bay Times, December 23th 2014