This is a campaign to halt the decline of Britain’s oldest cheese and turn around the fortunes of ‘real’ Cheshire Cheese in the face of a stark fall in production.
Pre World War II there were over 200 Cheshire Cheese producers in Cheshire but changes in retail trends, the growth of cheaper mass produced pre-packaged cheeses, and an increase in other cheese varieties on the market means there is now only six local producers left.
The Cheese Section at the Cheshire County Show is teaming up with some of these local producers including Joseph Heler, from Nantwich, to raise the profile of Cheshire Cheese in a bid to get it back on tables across the country.
At this year’s show a special display in the Roberts Bakery Food Hall will allow the public to sample Cheshire Cheese made by local producers. There will also be a special category for the best Cheshire Cheese in the cheese competition.
We hope this campaign will help to put Cheshire Cheese back on the map by making the public more aware of the quality cheese produced in the county and encouraging more people to try its distinctive full bodied, fresh, flavour.
Did you know?
The campaign is backed by:
- Cheshire is Britain's oldest type of cheese
- Cheshire Cheese's heritage dates back to Roman times and is also mentioned in the Domesday Book
- In 1960 there was more than 40,000 tonnes of Cheshire Cheese produced in the UK
- Today, there is little more than 7000 tonnes made
- There are only six local producers left in Cheshire.