West Country Wonders: A Cheeseboard To Celebrate British Food Fortnight
Celebrate some of the region's award winning producers during British Food Fortnight which take place between 20th September – 5th October 2014.
Quickes, The Bay Tree and Sheppy's Cider offer five flavoursome recommendations:
Gold Starred Goats
Matured for up to 12 months, this goat's cheese cheddar is made with the same cheddaring process as Quickes other cheeses. It has a clean milk front flavour, developing into nutty and earthy on the back of the palate. Off white in colour and firm in body; this cheese is delightful when used with canapés or crackers. Three Gold Stars – Great Taste Awards 2014
The Quintessential Cheddar
Quickes Vintage Cheddar is matured for two years and the oldest clothbound cheese produced using traditional methods. The long maturation process results in a savoury depth of flavour with a rich brittle caramel intensity that is often crunchy and flinty in texture. Best Cheddar - British Cheese Awards 2014
Indulgent Figgy Goodness
The Bay Tree has been creating top quality preserves and chutneys for the past 20 years. Their Marinated Miniature Figs became an instant best seller. These little fellas add a sophisticated sweet touch to your cheeseboard – be warned your guests will keep coming back for more!
A Fruity Little Number
When it comes to pickles and chutneys The Bay Tree have all areas covered. Their Christmas Pickle is a fruity mix of cranberries, apples and currants which tastes as good with cheese as it does with turkey so why wait until Christmas?
The Perfect Drinking Partner
Forget passing the port – what drink is South West famous for? Of course – it's cider and who better to provide a tipple than 200 year old family producer Sheppy's. Their Vintage Oak Matured Cider, abv. 7.4%, is produced from top quality bittersweet apples to produce an exceptional medium, lightly sparkling cider with a full bodied taste and mature flavour with oak overtones that perfectly complements both cheeses. Three Gold Stars – Great Taste Awards 2014