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Caws Teifi Cheese hits a perfect ‘six’ at British Cheese Awards

Caws Teifi Cheese has been named ‘Best Welsh Cheese’ at the British Cheese Awards, for a record sixth time.

Ceredigion cheesemakers Paula van Werkhoven and John-James Savage-Onstwedder received ‘The Dougal Campbell Memorial Trophy’ for their Teifi Natural cheese, at the awards ceremony at Cardiff City Hall.

It is the sixth time the Llandysul based artisan cheesemakers has won the Welsh Government sponsored trophy.

The company’s latest accolade follows previous success in numerous cheesemaking competitions with its range of cheeses including top honours at The World Cheese Awards; Product of the Year at the 2010-11 Wales the True Taste Food & Drink Awards; and has twice won the Supreme Champion title at the British Cheese Awards.
Also among Caws Teifi Cheese’s trophy cabinet is the highest award in British Artisan Cheesemaking – ‘The James Aldridge Memorial Trophy for the Best British Raw Milk Cheese, which was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Said Caws Teifi Cheese founder, John Savage-Onstwedder,

“We have been making cheese for 28 years at Glynhynod Farm and we are delighted that the cheese we started with all those years ago has won again this year.

“We can confidently say that over the past 28 years Caws Teifi Cheese has proved to be the most highly awarded cheese in British artisan cheesemaking.”

A number of Welsh cheesemakers came away with medals including: Y Cwt Caws, Caws Cenarth, Trethowan’s Dairy, South Caernarfon Creameries, Carmarthenshire Cheese Company, Holden Farm Dairy, Pembrokeshire Cheese Company, Abergavenny Fine Foods Company, and the Snowdonia Cheese Company. While The Wynnstay in Machynlleth was named Best Welsh winner in the Best British Cheese Board competition, with The Kings Head from Gower recommended.

The awards were held on the eve of the Great British Cheese Festival, which was once again hosted by Cardiff Castle. The two-day festival featured Britain’s Biggest Cheese Market, master-classes, and entertainment as well as more unusual activities such as cheese skittles and cheese tossing.

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