Say Cheese!

We love it when our lovely Proudly Norfolk producers, all of whom champion the food and drink industry here in Norfolk are recognised for their efforts in a national arena, and we are delighted to report another fabulous success…

Those lovely people at Nortons Dairy have only gone and won the best Flavour Added Cheese at the 2017 British Cheese Awards for their St Swithins Soft with Lavender. Their Nortons new natural yogurt also picked up a deserved Bronze medal.

For those who don’t know much about cheese awards, this is a BIG DEAL as the awards are the pre-eminent cheese event in the UK and just under 1,000 cheeses were entered into the awards by 144 cheesemakers. On the day 70 judges judged the cheeses in 135 classes and nine categories and they scored the cheeses on presentation, texture, aroma, flavour and balance. Dependent on the scores that each cheese received, gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded.

Peter Mitchell, chairman of the British Cheese Awards, said: “Congratulations to Nortons Dairy for winning Best in Category - Flavour Added Cheese for its cheese Nortons St Swithins Soft with Lavender. It’s a great achievement and recognition of the care and attention put into making it and its quality.”

What is particularly fantastic is this recognition couldn’t be more perfectly timed as Nortons Dairy is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Owner Emily Norton explains “Our St Swithins Soft with Lavender was the first flavour added cheese we made after starting with the original St Swithins Soft 10 years ago. To win this national recognition is credit to the hard work of the family, staff and customers who have supported us over the years”.