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The Cheese Festival Programme

A delicious feast of events will once again take place during the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival: 15 to 22 September 2018, celebrating local produce across Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Some events you may need to book on, some are free. You'll need to contact the individual event provider for more information.

Watch this space for our 2018 programme but, in the meantime, here's a taste of what happened at our first cheese extravaganza...

Brie-lliant cheese

We kicked off with a cracking two-day mini festival you could really get your teeth into.

Saturday 23 to Sunday 24 September saw a celebration of the rich cheese-making heritage of the Yorkshire Dales, as well as shining the spotlight on the array of local cheeses that visitors can now enjoy.

Throughout the weekend, the famous Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes played host to all things cheese - cheese and butter making demonstrations, cookery demonstrations, cheese grading demonstrations, cheese presentations, cheese pairing and cheese tasting workshops - udderly brilliant!

There was also be the opportunity to meet the suppliers of some of the fantastic produce sold in the Wensleydale Creamery shop as well as a range of local Yorkshire food and drink producers - from bakers to beer brewers and gin makers.  

Jump on board! 

We hope once again to support a FREE special bus service running between the Dales Countryside Museum and Wensleydale Creamery this weekend. Many thanks to Little White Bus!

There are no set times, the bus will be running on a more or less continuous loop with a stop in town to pick up/drop off passengers. First pick up 9.45am from Dales Countryside Museum, last pick up from Wensleydale Creamery at 5.15pm.

And there was whey more in store...

During the seven days of the first festival there were all sorts of events happening at some great venues all over the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale AONB, giving you the opportunity to visit different places across the Yorkshire Dales and experience some amazing food. Many thanks to all the suppliers and businesses that took part.

  • Askrigg delicatessen, Humble Pie, launched their special 'Humble Pie' the week of the Cheese Festival - Facebook.com/humblepieaskrigg.
  • There was a free Yorkshire Dales Cheese & Charcuteries Celebration at Town End Farm Shop, Malham, all week.
  • Many delights awaited throughout the week at The Courtyard Dairy cafe, such as Yorkshire rarebit and fondue, plus the opportunity to meet local cheesemakers.  
  • Whey hey! A guided walk with our Dales Volunteers to learn about the history of milking in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and meeting local farmers. Included a visit to the Dales Countryside Museum.  
  • Meet the Maker: an opportunity to meet all the local suppliers in the tearoom at Jervaulx Abbey, Jervaulx, Ripon. 
  • Breeze Bike Ride. A 50 mile foody bike ride through Wensleydale to Jervaulx in time to join their Meet the Maker event before returning fully refuelled to Coverdale - Facebook.com/breezewensleydale
  • Six Course Yorkshire Dales Tasting Menu using purely local produce at the Three Hares Cafe in Sedbergh.
  • Sampling amazing seasonal products with Kate's Kitchen Preserves at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes.
  • The Inn Way with Mark Reid - a six-day walking odyssey in the company of the author - Team Walking website.
  • A focus on local produce at the Garden Rooms, Tennants, with a Dales Menu Lunch.
  • Making & Marketing Cheese demo in the Victorian Kitchen at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes.
  • Cheese & Beer Evening at the Kings Arms, Askrigg
  • Taste in Time - discovering the history of Yorkshire food at the Dales Countryside Museum, trying your hand at making real butter and discover delicious Yorkshire Dales oat cakes and the historical stories these everyday ingredients tell. 
  • Truckle in the Trees, a woodland experience at Freeholders' Wood with camp fire cooking and wood crafts to take home, plus The Enchanted Forest - a delightful forest school for children with storytelling and games in the woods - from Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting Evening at Berry's Farm Shop, Swinethwaite.
  • Secret Squirrel - an easy 2.5 mile guided walk along the woodland trail at Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Reserve from Dales Countryside Museum.  
  • The Milky Way - a guided walk to learn about supplying milk to the Wensleydale Creamery from Dales Countryside Museum.  
  • The Great Truckle Run - a steady 4 mile run from Askrigg experiencing the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park with Askrigg Camping
  • A Celebration of Yorkshire Game, with an amazing menu and a talk about the Bolton Estate by Tom Ord-Powlett at Bolton Castle.  
  • Twistleton Scar Climb & Yorkshire Dales picnic with Yorkshire Dales Team Building

Check back soon for Cheese Festival 2018!

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