Wensleydale Creamery has been invited to showcase its handcrafted cheese in Downing Street.
The Hawes company took part in a festive street market set up to highlight Britain’s best exporters.
Exports account for almost a fifth of Wensleydale Creamery’s business, with the company selling its cheese in 16 different countries worldwide.
Yorkshire Wensleydale & Cranberries, the company’s most popular export cheese, was showcased alongside its artisan range including Wensleydale Blue, Kit Calvert Old-Style Wensleydale, as well as its range of flavoured waxed cheese truckles and hampers.
Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese was also featured and served with fruit cake.
The event comes a month ahead of the 10th anniversary year of achieving official protected geographical indication (PGI) status for Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.
Being recognised with protected status sets it apart from other Wensleydale cheeses that are produced around the UK, outside of the designated area of Wensleydale.
Chris Thomson, managing director at the Wensleydale Creamery, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have been invited to appear at the Downing Street Festive Showcase.
“The event was a true celebration of great British exports, and to be featured alongside so many remarkable businesses has been a real high point of the year.
“It was great to be able to take our small piece of the Yorkshire Dales to Downing Street and highlight just how special our cheese is.”
Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister and MP for Richmond, said: “I’m delighted to have welcomed Wensleydale Creamery to Downing Street this week as part of our festive street market showcasing the best of British businesses.”