Some of the finest farmhouse cheese-makers in the north will come together at The Courtyard Dairy's famous shop near Settle, to showcase the brilliance of farm cheese.

“The small farms and individual people who make these cheeses are so important,” said Andy Swinscoe, owner of The Courtyard Dairy, “And after the challenging time they’ve had this past two years we thought it’d be nice to bring them all together to celebrate artisan cheese! 

Everyone is welcome to come along to meet, talk to and buy cheese directly from these incredible artisan cheese-makers – some of the absolute best in the north – Including:

  • Graham Kirkham (of Lancashire Cheese fame)
  • Mario Olianas (who makes Leeds Blue)
  • Wensleydale makers Sam and Ben Spence
  • Sheep and goat farmer Martin Gott (who makes St James Cheeses)
  • Gillian Clough (maker of Hebden Goat)
  • The Noblet family from Hutton Roof (who make Wensleydale)


As well as the opportunity for you to spend some time chatting to the farmers themselves, there are a number of other events running, to celebrate cheese in all its glory – including Mozzarella-making demonstrations, an opportunity to see sheep being milked, a cheese-based ‘coconut shy’ game and freshly-prepared food including grilled Halloumi fries, Raclette and blue cheese ice cream.

“Once upon a time there were thousands of hands-on farm cheese-makers in the north.  Now there are barely a handful,” continues Andy, “What better way is there to celebrate those who are maintaining these important traditions than by bringing them all together and showcasing what they do, making proper traditional cheese!”

It’s a free event and takes place between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 12th June.  For full details of the schedule see thecourtyarddairy.co.uk.

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