By SAM BUTLER
Dromona Mild Cheddar, produced by Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s largest dairy co-operative and a Food NI member, has won first place in the Creamery Mild Cheddar in the Virtual Awards 2021, the UK’s largest cheese competition.
The judges described the Dromona Mild Cheddar as “an excellent mild cheddar with a nice rounded finish and perfect flavour”. Dromona Mild Cheddar was the only cheese from the Province to be successful in the competition, which is open to entries from the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The cheese is available in block, grated and sliced formats.
The Virtual Cheese Awards were launched in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic to promote and celebrate the fantastic British cheese industry in a time of great need. In 2020 the Virtual Cheese Awards were the only ones to take place.
Although the 2020 awards were organised very quickly, it still attracted over 300 entries and helped raise awareness of some fantastic British cheeses and the people who make them.
All the profits from the event were donated to support cheesemakers and farming charities.
The awards aim to create a sustainable, inclusive and transparent virtual cheese awards that support and celebrate British and Irish cheesemakers, from the grassroots up.
They also seek to create an online cheese awards that is focused on celebrating the diversity and quality of British and Irish dairy as well as nurturing talent to help promote a sustainable and thriving industry to consumers.