The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival
September 11 - September 12
Now into its third year, the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival held in September is a celebration of Yorkshire cheese and its recent revival.
This year two artisan cheese producers will launch new cheeses at the festival. Long Churn Cheese will allow attendees to have a first tasting of its soft, ewe milk cheese, and The Home Farmer will be passing around its take on Wensleydale cheese.
Blessed are the Cheesemakers
Yorkshire’s tradition of cheesemaking stretches back to the 11th Century when the Cistercian monks first cultured Wensleydale.
In addition to sampling the finest of Yorkshire’s cheeses, you can learn how to pair cheese with chocolate and gin, as well as chutney and honey – although be careful you don’t end up with a ploughmans when trying the chutney.
If you want to go on a fell run in the shape of a wedge of cheese, or go underground to the cheese press hidden in the Long Churn caves, attend ewe milking demos, or sample cheesey menus in restaurants across the Yorkshire Dales, then this is most definitely the festival for you.
Rhythm & Blues Festival
Coincidentally if you are more into beer and blues than cheese, the festival normally coincides with the Rhythm & Brews Festival in the North York Moors National Park, which is also in September.
Festivals in Yorkshire
If you can’t attend the Festival but are going to God’s Own Country, you could try the Malton Food Festival (May), the Whitby Folk Festival (August), the Freedom Festival Hull (August / September) or the Ilkley Literature Festival (October).
When is the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival?
11 to 12 September, 2021
Where is the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival?
Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, The Courtyard Dairy in Settle and other locations.
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