The Wensleydale Creamery will share their expertise at the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival

Wensleydale Creamery

During the first weekend of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival, festival-goers can become cheese connoisseurs as The Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes host several master classes.

The artisan master class will bring together local cheese makers and experts from the Creamery to share the unique qualities of a vast array of different cheeses and processes, while the Yorkshire Dales Distillery will share how to pair cheese with gin.

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Food stalls, cookery demonstrations and live music will complete the festival atmosphere from 14 – 22 September, 2019.

Foodies can spend a further week savouring the National Park’s hamper of delights as cafés, farms, shops, restaurants and attractions join in the celebration of Yorkshire Dales produce.

Farm tours, special menus, food tastings, and even a fell run, following a route designed in the shape of a wedge of cheese, are all planned.

New for this year, the festival finale, will be ‘The Final Bite’ held at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

This will give visitors another chance to meet local cheese makers and producers, take part in butter making and craft workshops and learn more about dairying heritage across the National Park.

Long Churn Cheese, a new farmhouse cheese making business near Settle, will launch its first cheese at the festival.

Long Churn Cheese

Owners, Sam Horton and Rachel Turner will be holding a one-day event entitled ‘Sheeptember’ at The Courtyard Dairy, Austwick.

The event at The Courtyard Dairy will celebrate sheep dairying and will introduce visitors to Long Churn’s first soft cheeses.

These resemble a French goat’s cheese but will be produced using milk from a small flock of dairy sheep called Lacaune.

Together with sheepdog and sheep milking demonstrations, the Courtyard Dairy’s owner Andy Swinscoe will show visitors how to pair cheese with beers from Lamb Brewery at Littondale.

Visitors will also be treated to caving tours by Yorkshire Dales Guides to the aptly named Long Churn caves, where they will be taken through the most famous ‘squeeze’ in the Dales, the Cheese Press.

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