The Global Cheese Awards is written in pen in our diaries every year. Held just up the road at the West Woodlands Showground, Frome, it’s one of the oldest and most respected industry events in the UK and it draws entries from across the world.
This year, it was another golden weekend for Godminster showing just how broad the appeal is of the Vintage Organic Cheddar, with a trio of top awards.
The first Gold award was for Export Cheese, testament to the growing success of Godminster overseas, in Europe but also in Africa and Asia too. We’re not new to exporting, but the volumes are growing quickly which is great news for cheese lovers overseas as we reach more countries.
At the end of last year, Jessica Chavant joined our team in the new position of International Sales Manager, tasked with driving the export side of the business. And what a year she’s had so far! Godminster’s Vintage Organic Cheddar is now available to purchase in 26 countries around the world, and new for 2018 are countries like Mexico and South Africa.
Our second Gold of the weekend came in the Children’s Choice category, which was selected by a group of five under 10s who showed that age is no barrier to a love of good cheese. The children were shown how to taste the cheese, what to look for, and what makes the cheeses different before they rated each entry out of a possible ten points based on their personal preference. We were delighted to learn that Godminster was a clear favourite amongst the judges!
For the parents in our team, the Vintage Organic Cheddar is a fridge staple, perfect for cheese toasties after school (and even sometimes once the children are in bed!) so if you haven’t let your children taste it yet, give it a go – it’s a real hit with the little ones.
Finally, on Saturday afternoon, Godminster was picked as the Celebrity Chef’s Choice by Dean Edwards, famous for his appearances on Lorraine and This Morning. We’ve been using the Vintage Organic Cheddar as an ingredient in a whole host of recipes (you’ll see some of our favourites here) and it’s great to have the affirmation from a professional chef that our cheddar really does bring something extra to the recipe.
All in all, it’s an exciting time for Godminster! We’re hugely proud of our successes at the Global Cheese Awards, as we always are with any recognition, and these latest titles show that Godminster is a brand with appeal to an audience that is growing all the time.
And with barely enough time for us to catch our breath after the Globals, we’ve learned that the Vintage Organic Cheddar has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Great British Cheese Awards. It is one of five artisan cheeses selected in the Best Hard Cheese category, and is also nominated in the People’s Choice category. Judging takes place next month with the awards ceremony to be held at Somerset House in London on 17th October.
So thank you. As all the great winners say in their speeches, we couldn’t have done it without you!