April Competition – Celebrate Dewlay Cheesemakers’ Sixtieth Birthday!

This month’s competition has the royal seal of approval, thanks to our friends at Dewlay Cheesemakers and a very special visitor who called in to see them last month!

Sixty Years of Award-winning Lancashire Cheeses

Dewlay Cheesemakers was founded in 1957 by George Kenyon, whose grandsons Nick and Richard – third generation cheesemakers - still run the business today from its home on the outskirts of Garstang in Lancashire. This means an incredible sixty years for Dewlay, which goes from strength to strength thanks to a combination of innovation and respect for tradition. Last moth they had a visit from a keen helper who may look familiar to you…HRH, the Prince of Wales, popped in to unveil a plaque celebrating sixty years of Lancashire cheesemaking and spend the day learning how it’s done. This is the first time Dewlay has hosted a royal visitor, and HRH was given a full tour of the dairy where he met some of the cheesemakers who work tirelessly to bring us our Garstang Blue and other favourites.

The Kenyons are keen to keep alive the traditional methods used by their father and grandfather - all their Lancashire cheese is produced using fresh pasteurised milk sourced directly from farms located within 6 miles of the Dewlay dairy, and uses their own unique starter culture developed on site more than 40 years ago. Their respect for traditional methods means the production of some truly great cheeses, and their produce has been widely praised – not least in Nantwich at the International Cheese Awards. At ICA 2016, Dewlay won four trophies, ten Golds, and eleven other awards, and they’ll be hoping for similar success at this year’s show. And as if they didn’t already have enough to celebrate, Dewlay will soon be launching a new cheese – but more of that next time!

Enter our Competition with Dewlay Cheesemakers

To celebrate sixty years of Lancashire cheesemaking and their recent visit from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, Dewlay are giving away a cheese hamper to one lucky person. If you’re not lucky enough to win, you can visit the Dewlay cheeseshop in Garstang, Lancashire (and if you time it right, see them hard at work making cheese) or browse their full range online. Dewlay cheese can also be purchased from most major supermarkets as well as a number of independent stockists.

To be in with a chance of winning a Dewlay cheese hamper, keep an eye on our Twitter feed (@iCheeseAwards) for one of the special competition tweets over the coming week, then simply retweet and make sure you’re following both us and @DewlayCheese. Winner will be drawn at random at 8pm on Sunday 30th April - UK residents over the age of 18 only please. Good luck everyone!