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When I received an invite to the International Cheese Awards I wanted to come away with some new cheese knowledge, and maybe discover a new gem. Oh yeah, and I definitely wanted a belly full of cheese!

GoodEggFoodie // ICA // Judges

We went on judging day which was brilliant. 4,443 cheeses from 26 countries were being judged by a team of 200 intrepid tasters in the biggest cheese marquee in the world. Impressive eh!

GoodEggFoodie // ICA // mixed cheese

We nibbled our way around the giant marquee finding some gems on the way. An early find was a three year aged Dziugas – a parmesan style cheese from Lithuania.

GoodEggFoodie // ICA //

L’Antica Cascina is an Italian dairy with loads of amazing cheeses. We tried a blue cheese which (as a blue cheese hater) I can only describe as mind blowing! But their sheep cheeses were all delicious. I think he said they sell on Borough Market – another reason I need to do me a trip there.

GoodEggFoodie // ICA // Tesco

Even the Tesco stand was cute as a button

 

We visited the Irish cheese stand to do some cheese and whiskey pairing. Ok, so for me all whiskey tastes like death, but the cheeses- smoked Carrigaline, a chedder infused with whiskey, Cashel Blue and the camembert-style Coleeney- were all new to me with the latter being a particular favourite.

GoodEggFoodie // ICA // whiskey pairing

The find of the day was Orsom Cheese. I used to have my finger on the pulse of regional cheese makers but have obviously fallen behind in recent years! Orsom  is a very stylish brand making what seem like very tasty cheese. The blue was creamy and didn’t have that evil undertone that I normally find in blue cheese. Grace is a delicate, mellow creamy cheese. I’m so glad I found them – I will look out for them in the future.

Orsom cheese

There were many, many more cheeses tried, some purchased, lunch taken with 1,100 other people and a drive home which involved a giant hay darlek! So all in all a great day.

the little milk co

If you love cheese, you should definitely make your way to Nantwich next year when the show returns.

Acknowledgements:

Thanks to the ICA for the invite and hospitality.

Thanks to my lovely hubby Andrew for being my wing man and taking a million photographs for me!

Right, there is a piece of cheese waiting for me…