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Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2018

We were thrilled to bring you our second Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival which ran this year from 15 to 23 September 2018!

It was 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 took part and invited you to forty fabulous happenings that made mouths water.

What happened

We kicked off with a two-day festival-within-a-festival at the home of Wallace and Grommit's beloved nibble - Cheese Festival @ Wensleydale Creamery. Running across the weekend of Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, there was a host of cookery, cheese-making, grading and pairing demonstrations - and, of course, plenty of tastings. There was also the chance for the kids to get active and creative with fun family activities.

And we finished with a meaty banger - the Beer & Beef Festival hosted by The Whole Roast Ox Co at Springhill Farm, Jervaulx, near Masham, on Saturday 22 September.

The first weekend of the festival led into a further seven days of feasting from Monday 17 to Sunday 23 September right across the Yorkshire Dales. Restaurants, cafes, farms and attractions came together to champion the fantastic range of food that is produced on the doorstep. Everything from special cheese-themed menus to activities in dairying country helped you work up an appetite! 

Have a look at our 2018 Programme for a taster of some of the fabulous events that happened.

A cheesy story

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.

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.

Festival programme 2018

Find out more about what happened at the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2018

Cheese Fest @ Wensleydale Creamery

Find out about what happened at our opening weekend festival-within-a-festival in 2018

Beer & Beef Festival

Find out what happened when we ended the 2018 festival with a bang

Wensleydale Creamery website

Visit the Wensleydale Creamery website for more info

Beer & Beef Festival website

Visit the Beer & Beef Festival website for more info

The Churchmouse at Barbon

The Churchmouse at Barbon offered a special cheesy menu all week in 2018