This month we’ve been having fun up and down the country showcasing our pretty (and yummy) Wedding and Celebration Cake!
As ever, the National Wedding Shows are a fantastic place to see all the most exciting trends in wedding food & fashion, so here are a few of our faves from the last two shows at London and Birmingham:
Thank you so much to everyone who popped by to say hi – we’ll be at Manchester National Wedding Show on stand C61 from Saturday 24th to Sunday 25th October 2015!
Want to visit us at National Wedding Show Manchester? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for some free tickets for you and your friends!
More great news from HQ!
It was the Global Cheese Awards this weekend and we’re honoured to announce that we were awarded two golds for our Organic Brie with Garlic & Chive, a gold for our Vintage Organic Cheddar and a fantastic Best Speciality Producer award!
Continuing on with our bumper action-packed weekend, the Godminster team pitched up at the both the Sturminster Newton Food Festival and the Frome Cheese Show where we met up with all our foodie friends. As ever, we had an absolutely lovely time at both shows meeting new and old customers alike, and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who stopped by and said hello.
Take a look at some of the pictures from this weekend on Facebook and Twitter!
We’re counting down the days until the first of the National Wedding Shows this autumn! From the 25th – 27th September we will be showcasing our award-winning Wedding & Celebration Cheese Cake at Olympia, London, and taking orders at a special show discount price.
Fruit cake may not be everyone’s cup of tea but a cheese tower makes for an indulgent centrepiece that is hard to ignore. This exclusive show offer only happens a few times a year so brides looking to order an alternative wedding cake, a stunning addition to a buffet table and an easy way to create a cheeseboard or dessert course had better be there!
Tickets to the show are £15 but we’ll be offering a select few for free over the month of September – keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter and Facebook to find out how…
And if you can’t make it to Olympia then don’t worry – you can catch the team at the NEC in Birmingham or Manchester Central next month:
- National Wedding Show: Birmingham 2nd – 4th October 2015
- National Wedding Show: Manchester 24th – 25th October 2015
Hurrah! We’re celebrating after all three of our Infused Vodka Spirits won stars from the Guild of Fine Foods prestigious Great Taste Awards 2015…
Both the Horseradish Vodka Spirit and Elderflower Vodka Spirit from our ‘Fruits & Roots’ infused drinks range won the maximum three stars each whilst our yummy Blackcurrant Vodka Spirit was also awarded one. Judges described the Elderflower vodka spirit as having “a wonderful balance that wanders round the mouth for ages!” The Horseradish vodka spirit was described as having an “Extraordinarily bright, fresh, pungent horseradish aroma which leads to a very true horseradish flavour. The contrast with the smooth rounded vodka is terrific.”
Get each of these award-winning Vodka Spirits for just £18 for a limited time only! Why not check out these cocktail recipes:
We’ve just got back from International Cheese Awards in Cheshire and we’re proud to announced that we’ve won the following:
We’re so excited with our awards and we’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who came to visit us at the International Cheese Awards this year. It was great to catch up with you all!
If you are going to the Speciality Fine Food Fair then come and meet the Godminster team! Click here to email us and book a meeting.
In our final chapter of Godminster At 15 we have asked farm and company owner Richard Hollingbery to round up his thoughts on his fifteenth year at the helm of Godminster…
“I can’t quite believe that it is now fifteen years since Peter (my farm manager) and I first stood in the Memorial Hall at Wincanton farmer’s market trying to sell 1 and 2 kilogram cheeses – on that day we took £180 and we were delighted!
“Times have obviously moved on but it has given us the opportunity to travel the length and breadth of the country promoting Godminster Vintage, and I wonder how many tonnes I must have extracted from vans and vehicles to place on our various showstands.
“I would like to thank all our loyal followers for their fantastic support, and I certainly recognize many of the faces that appear year on year at the Christmas shows – without them spreading the word would have been so much more difficult.
“So here’s to the next fifteen – I am excited to see where we will be by then.”
In our second glimpse in to Godminster At 15 we have asked Godminster Farm’s manager, Pete Cheek, about what his highlights have been over the years…
“When we first started farming we had roughly 550 acres but fifteen years and lots of hard work later Godminster Farm has evolved in to 1,350 acres of rolling Somerset countryside. That means we’re farming land equal to about 675 football pitches or enough space to park 200,000 cars for those that don’t know their acreage…
“The growth in material space is one thing but what it actually represents is far more important: with more land we’ve seen newly planted trees develop in to young woods and seen how the song bird and brown hare numbers have increased in leaps and bounds. We’ve changed from grass & clover fields to now planting additional herb leys that go towards feeding our herd and keeping the cows even healthier. At Godminster Farm our herd are nearly wholly self-sufficient with the vast majority of our feed coming from our own crops planted across the farm. Eric, my first tractor driver, started ploughing these crops with a plough pulled by horses just like in the traditional olden days before being converted to a tractor that had a computer in it – although he never knew that!
“The very first farmers market that Richard (Godminster’s owner) and I sold our Vintage Organic Cheddar at was in the nearby town of Wincanton. Back then we only had our 1kg and 2kg truckles – we sold out on that first day and from then on we knew we were on to something special.
“Fifteen years later it’s amazing to look back at how the farm has evolved. Keeping up with supplying the demands of Godminster customers has been exciting and challenging and has impacted how we farm in all sorts of ways. On the farm itself we’ve grown from a team of 3 to a family of 5 with a linked holding in Cornwall and all kinds of other animals now being reared on the farm too. We’ve even had a go at making cider from the ancient varieties of apple trees found on the farm – although as to whether we’ll start making Godminster cider is yet to be seen…
“Innovation and change with a healthy respect for nature and tradition has always been at the heart of Godminster farm. These past fifteen years have given us so much – now it’s time to look ahead to the next fifteen years and what they might bring us!”
Follow Pete on Twitter @farmerchico for more!
As Godminster’s fifteenth year rolls around we turn to three of our staff members for three unique reflections on how the time has passed. First up is our Production & Technical Manager Jessica Kimber-Holloway who is sharing her thoughts on Godminster at 15…
“When I first joined Godminster way back in 2007 the company looked nothing like it does today, in a very literal sense! We worked out of tiny little offices above the milking parlour with all the smell, noise, heat flies that you would expect to come with such a unique office set up…
“Back then there was only four of us and since then we’ve since outgrown ourselves again and again. Expanding the range to include our Organic Bries brought a fresh new dynamic to the production team with extra cheesemakers being brought on board to put in to practice the specialised artisan skills required for making soft cheese. Since starting in 2013 our bries have been winning different awards each year and have been going from strength to strength. We’ll have even more exciting and new challenges facing our soft cheese team this year… watch this space for more news on that in the next few months!
“Now that we’re celebrating fifteen years of Godminster it’s a good time to sit back and reflect on how far we have come. It isn’t just the cheese company and the farm itself that have grown – our friends and families, young and old, have grown alongside us too and helped to see Godminster through all kinds of exciting times. From crazy Christmas times to selling British cheddar to the French, Godminster has had some amazing high points and we’re all lucky to have been able to share that with our ever-expanding Godminster family. Here’s to fifteen more years!”
It’s been exactly fifteen years since Godminster started producing its unique Vintage Organic Cheddar. On July 13th 2015 Godminster will celebrate it’s birthday in Bruton, Somerset.
Locals have been farming the land around Godminster for over five hundred years. There has been a dairy farm on Godminster’s farmland for over one hundred years. Godminster was certified organic in 1999 and the following year the farm produced the first 1kg truckles of its iconic cheddar.
Fifty two thousand tonnes of Somerset forage and over twenty million litres of milk later, Godminster is now known around the world for its unique cheddar, Vintage Organic and Oak Smoked; it’s organic Bries, Traditional, Black Pepper and Garlic with Chives; and a selection of other products that include produce from around the farm such as Beetroot and Apple chutney and Infused vodka spirit drinks.
The farm’s cheeses have been recognised as world-beaters at the International Cheese Awards, the Global Cheese Awards, the British Cheese Awards and the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste Awards. In the last two years Godminster has received over 25 gold, silver and bronze awards for its food and drink.
Richard Hollingbery, Godminster Owner, says, “We are delighted to be celebrating our 15th birthday this July. When we first created our Vintage Organic Cheddar, we knew we had something special and very different from other British cheeses. We have worked very hard over the years to keep the highest taste and quality standards and it has paid off. We have built up a substantial family of Godminster fans who are very loyal. We have great partnerships in our work with traders and wholesalers and a thriving business online. The future looks good.’
Godminster 15th birthday will include events in its shop in Bruton and a week of online and social media celebration.
Godminster owner, Richard Hollingbery’s daughters [and friend] with the first ever Vintage Organic Cheddar
British Cheese Awards 26th May 2015
British Cheese Week is on the horizon and this year it was all kicked off with the British Cheese Awards at the Bath & West Show in Somerset! We’re honoured to announce that we won awards for three of our cheeses:
All the industry ‘Big Cheeses’ (pardon the pun) were there and this week the Godminster team arrived en masse up at the showground with all our usual show-only special offers and cheese goodies. If you’re around in Somerset from now until the 30th of May then pop along and say hi!
Taste of the West Awards
Another set of awards that we were flattered to receive recognition from were the illustrious Taste of the West Awards! Each year these are given out to the very best of Westcountry produce and we’re glad to say we have won Silver for the following Godminster goodies:
British Cheese Week 1st – 7th June 2015
As for British Cheese Week itself, we’ll be joining in the festivities with some special offers on our online shop as well as a few competitions to win some delicious Godminster cheeses for yourself. Drop us a Tweet at @Godminsterfarm or pop on to our Facebook page to find out more.