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Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2017

The Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival: 23 to 30 September 2017 is set to be a fantastic celebration of local produce - and everything and anything cheese! 

A multitude of producers and aficionados from across the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be taking part and inviting you to delicious happenings that will make your mouth water.

We kick off with a two-day mini festival at the home of Wallace and Grommit's beloved Yorkshire Wensleydale. The Cheese Festival @ Wensleydale Creamery, running across the weekend of Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September, will see cookery, cheese-making, grading and drink-pairing demonstrations - and, of course, plenty of tastings. There will also be a chance for the kids to get active with a bouncy castle and creative with fun family craft activities.

And if you can't get to Hawes, don't worry - there will be a range of cheese-related events at venues across the Dales that weekend in support of the hub event. See the Programme page for details.

The Cheese Experience weekend will then lead into a further five days of fabulous feasting from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 September right across the Yorkshire Dales, with restaurants, cafes, farms and attractions coming together to champion the fantastic range of food that is produced on the doorstep. 

Full Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival event details can be found on our Programme page or via our What's On calendar.

Today’s burgeoning cheese scene across the Dales is thanks in part to the Cistercian monks who brought their fromage-making skills over from Normandy. They settled at abbeys such as Jervaulx and Fountains back in the 11th century and started making Wensleydale cheese.

Now the iconic Yorkshire Wensleydale has been joined by a range of Yorkshire Dales delights such as Coverdale, Swaledale, Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Blue and Fine Fettle cheeses, and the food’s success has spawned a whole side-industry with preserves, chutneys and accessories all being created within the National Park.

So come along this autumn and get your teeth into some delicious Yorkshire produce and have a real celebration with us.

Funding for the Cheese Festival and the wider project it sits within has been secured from the Rural Development Programme for England, funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD): Europe investing in rural areas.

Cheese Festival programme

Find out more about what's happening with our full guide to the festival

Wensleydale Creamery

The Wensleydale Creamery for all things to do with Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Telling the story of the Dales and the people who have shaped its landscape

What's on

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