Ballylisk Triple Rose finalist in Great British Cheese Awards

Food NI member Ballylisk Triple Rose Cheese from county Armagh has been shortlisted as a finalist in the 2018 Great British Cheese Awards in the Best New Producer category.

Based at Tandragee, near Portadown, Ballylisk unique triple cream cheese was launched last year by Dean Wright, who runs the family’s highly regarded grass-fed dairy herd in county Armagh. The cheese is made exclusively from cream sourced from the family’s herd.

Dean Wright says: “We are over the moon that our first cheese, the Triple Rose has made it to the finals of the Great British Cheese Awards which are judged by experts and the public. This means a lot to us.

“We are the only artisan cheesemakers in Northern Ireland with our own milk pool. It has taken a long time to get here and we are only at the start of our journey to bring more cheeses to market,” he adds.

The Great British Cheese Awards are organised by Great British Chefs (The UK’s fastest growing food website) and Peter’s Yard, whose sourdough crispbread has been named as “the best biscuit for cheese out there.” The awards were established three years ago to celebrate the best of British artisan cheeses produced and distributed by independent cheese makers and retailers.

The Great British Cheese Awards stand apart from similar events as no other awards bring together the online voting and nominating public with a cross-section of high quality judges that include award-winning chefs, journalists, food writers, celebrity food bloggers, cheese buyers and dairy technologists. This year, over 13,000 people have voted for their favourite cheeses, producers and retailers.

The Best New Producer award has been shortlisted by the panel of judges who have nominated their favourite cheesemakers who have launched in the past five years. All category winners will be announced at a very special Awards Ceremony to be held at Somerset House in London on 17th October.

The Great British Cheese Awards were established in 2016 with the specific aim to recognise, promote and reward excellence in the artisan cheese industry and are organised by Great British Chefs (the UK’s fastest growing food website) and Peter’s Yard, whose crispbread was recently named as “the best biscuit for cheese out there”.

The awards do not rely on tastings alone; they bring together hundreds of thousands of online food lovers with industry experts, food writers and celebrity cheese fans to give the artisan cheese industry unparalleled prominence. Ultimately, the people who eat cheese and buy cheese will be the ones who decide who deserves to win a prestigious award.

Cheeses are blind tasted. Judges are looking for great texture and appearance but above all they will concentrate on the overall taste.