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Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2019

We are thrilled to be bringing you our third Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival from 14 to 22 September 2019!

Back by popular demand, the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival, celebrating local produce, is set to be another brie…lliant week of delicious local produce from around the Yorkshire Dales.

The festival will open with a fantastic and exciting two-day cheese festival at, the home of Yorkshire cheese, the Wensleydale Creamery. in Hawes, running across the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019.

Here you will find amazing local music, delicious street food and enticing beverages on offer, along with a host of  cheese-making, grading and cookery demonstration from the Wensleydale Creamery,  local restaurants and producers - this is all included in the entrance price to the visitor experience.

In addition there will be cheese pairing demonstrations, and masterclasses in cheese. Learn how to pair the correct cheese with, gin, chutney, honey, charcuterie, chocolate and Yorkshire oils or join one of the masterclasses in artisan cheese, blue cheese or simply Wensleydale cheese - make sure you book on in advance to avoid disappointment. You will also have the opportunity to meet local cheese producers and local Yorkshire suppliers in our huge marquee, with, of course, plenty of tastings.

The Cheese Festival, Celebrating Local Produce

The first weekend of the festival at the Wensleydale Creamery leads nicely into a further seven days of feasting from Monday 16 to Sunday 22 September. Right across the Yorkshire Dales and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, restaurants, cafes, farms and attractions are all coming together to champion the fantastic range of food that is produced here. Everything from special cheese-themed menus to activities in dairying country will help you work up an appetite!

The events include:

SHEEPtember: A day exploring the lost Yorkshire Dales tradition of sheep dairying and farmhouse sheep’s cheese production. Long Churn a new cheese making producer will demonstrate sheep milking and cheese making techniques, and talk about their journey into the world of cheese.

Sam and Rachael from Long Churn have a fantastic day planned collaborating with new and local small businesses to present activities including working sheepdog demonstrations, cheese and beer pairings, an ice-cream stall, tours of nearby Long Churn cave, home of the famous ‘cheese-press’ formation, with Yorkshire Dales Guides.

For more information visit our events listing page.

Cheese expert Andy Swincoe from the Courtyard Dairy, Austwick.
Cheese expert Andy Swincoe from the Courtyard Dairy, Austwick.

Courtyard Dairy Cheese Making Course: Spend a day learning how to make cheese in their purpose-built cheese dairy. Their cheese-making courses are taught by industry expert Andy Swinscoe at the Courtyard Dairy.

You’ll be guided through the background science and technical theory of how to make cheeses, and then experience hands-on cheese-making of two distinctly different cheeses and you’ll get to take home the cheese you made. For more information visit our events listing page - pre-booking is essential.

Farmers Andrew and Sally Hattan stood with their truckle of raw milk  Wensleydale Cheese.
Andrew and Sally Hattan with their delicious Stonebeck Cheese

Stonebeck Cheese Open Farm weekend: The Hattans have been developing a raw milk Wensleydale - Stonebeck Cheese for the last 6 years on their remote upland farm. Come and experience their story as part of the magnificent Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival 2019. All you need is a pair of sturdy walking boots, and a healthy appetite fueled by fresh air.

Here, you’ll experience a guided tour of the farm, cows, and cheese making process from cheese farmers Andrew and Sally. Free cheese samples provided!

For more information visit our events listing page.

Betty Guy and Elizabeth Fawcett from Humble pie in Askrigg with images of the surrounding hills and the pottery sold in their shop.
Betty Guy and Elizabeth Fawcett from Humble pie in Askrigg

Humble Pie, Askrigg: After the great success and the popularity of the Humble Pie for the last 2 years, Elizabeth Fawcett and Betty Guy of Humble pie will be bringing back their delicious delicacy for you to experience during the week of the Cheese Festival.

For more information visit our events listing page.

Townend Farm Shop, Airton: Chris Wildman of Town End Farm Shop will be offering a 'Cornucopia of Cheese and Charcuterie' throughout the week long festival. there will be an opportunity to try local cheeses and charcuterie, meet local producers and sample delicious dishes prepared with these fantastic ingredients. You will also find Chris Wildman at the Cheese Festival at the Wensleydale Creamery promoting his delicious Yorkshire charcuterie meats.

For more information visit our events listing page.

Heather Hodgson and a group of runners ready to set off on their run from Askrigg.
Cheesy Run with Heather Hodgson from Askrigg Camping

Askrigg Camping, Cheesy Run: Join Heather Hodgson at Askrigg Camping and enjoy the breath taking views of Wensleydale running in the shape of a wedge of cheese.

For more information visit our events listing page.

Cheese themed menus: Businesses in and around the Yorkshire Dales will be offering Cheese themed menus and specials over the week long Cheese Festival, Celebrating Local Produce. Call in to The Cornmill tearoom, in Bainbridge and try their delicious Yorkshire specials board, Jervaulx Abbey tearoom will be offering  kit-Calvert cheese scones, with real Wensleydale cheese and their own Wensleydale beer fruit chutney and The Courtyard Dairy will be offering Yorkshire Cheese Fondue, Rhubarb and Baked Yorkshire Ricotta, A Yorkshire sheep's milk ice cream, and of course, Fruitcake and Wensleydale Cheese!  

Dairy Days Project - celebrating Wensleydale's Dairying heritage

Dairy Days – A Taste in Time:  pop in and see Curriculum Kitchen’s Jane Sammells as she talks about how cheese and butter were made at home in a traditional Yorkshire Dales farmhouse. Learn the difference between rennet and whey and see a demonstration of butter making. Part of the Dairy Days Project celebrating Wensleydale’s Dairying Heritage. The event is included in museum admission and is taking place on the 17th and the 21st September.

For more information visit our events listing page.

The Home Farmer and Coleman's Campsite: have joined together to create a self guided walk starting  11am. Meet at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre and have a tour around the village, ending at Home Farm. The farm will be running an ‘Open Farm afternoon’ between 1pm and 4pm, where you'll be able to meet the cows, see the farm get some fresh milk, and taste their delicious cheese.

Butter making and cheese tasting: Have you ever had a go at making butter? It’s quicker and easier than you might think! To link in with the Cheese Festival, our very own butter expert, Philip Jolley, will show you how to create butter. You can try it on a cracker here, or take it home. Also try some local cheeses with local preserves; it’s what Wensleydale is famous for!

For more information visit our events listing page.

The Final Bite: To close the Cheese Festival, Celebrating Local Produce this year we will be holding our very own mini festival at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes on Sunday 22 September. The event will offer an insight into the history of dairying in Wensleydale, butter making and different forms of cheese making with Jane Samells, talks by Long Churn cheese and an opportunity to book onto a needle felting workshop with Kate, owner of That’s Sew Ewe to learn how to needle felt little mice.

There will also be lots of stalls by local producers offering a chance to meet small businesses and learn about their products, from arts and crafts, artisan cheeses, local meats and delicious sweet treats. Activities for the children will also be available throughout the day, include exciting fun on the community field with Stage 1 Cycles. For more information visit our events listing page.

The Hawes Truckle Trail: Through out the week of the Cheese Festival you will be able to take part in The Hawes Truckle Trail. Collect a clue map from the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes and follow the clues to get the answer by following the truckles around the beautiful, historic town of Hawes. Searching for the hidden truckles to make a famous word associated with cheese and enter a prize draw to win a traditional Yorkshire delight.

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, Richard III, Lacey's cheese, Yorkshire Blue and Fine Fettle cheeses, and the food’s success has spawned a whole side-industry with preserves, chutneys, gins, beers and accessories all being created within the National Park.

Funding for the Cheese Festival and the wider projet 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

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

The Final Bite, 22 Sept

Find out what happens when we end our 2019 festival with a bang

Cheese Fest @ Wensleydale Creamery, 14-15 Sept

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

Wensleydale Creamery website

Visit the Wensleydale Creamery website for more info

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