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Our very own Dales Countryside Museum is hosting ‘The Final Bite’ as part of the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival; it is a mini hub event celebrating local produce and has a farmers’ market style. This event, showcasing small, local businesses, will run from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 22 September 2019. Entrance to this event and the museum is FREE!
We have a cracking line-up of businesses attending...
Where to start! We have some marvellous local cheese producers, including start-up business Long Churn Cheese, run by a young couple who produce sheep’s milk cheeses - they will be giving a talk about their journey into the world of dairy-sheep farming and cheese making.
The Home Farmer will also be there - another popular, new business on the scene whose milk vending machines have been a massive hit and who are now set to launch their own raw cheese in September – super exciting!
But as much as we love cheese, it’s also about celebrating all our other spectacular local produce and the wonderful businesses we have here in the Yorkshire Dales – and we want nothing more than to shout about this and to share this with you.
So our event also welcomes local ales by Dent Brewery; local crafts by Stuart Clarkson, Land of Rope and Glory, Rachel Thornton and Hannalin Crafts; mouthwatering food by Springhill Beef and Lamb; and if you would like to try these products you will find them on the Firebox Café special menu for this day only.
Demonstrations and workshops
All of this local produce is very tempting, but we’ve also got some special events for those of you who want something more hands-on…
Have you ever had a go at making butter? Well let me tell you right now – if not, you’re missing out. It’s quicker and easier than you might think! We will be having a demonstration of the art of butter making to show you how to make your own butter. You can sample it on a cracker, or take it home – as you wish.
We also have a felting workshop with That’s Sew Ewe in the museum, where you can learn how to make cute little mice out of felt – as you know there is never cheese without a mouse, or is it there’s never a mouse without cheese? There will be a charge of £10/head for this. The workshop will last for a couple of hours.
Jane Sammels, from Curriculum Kitchen, will also be there making kefir milk – created from fermented milk - which is promoted as a very healthy drink and is very on trend at the moment. Why not give it a try?!
The Truckle Trail
But, it doesn’t stop there. Throughout the week of the Cheese Festival you will be able to take part in The Hawes Truckle Trail. Collect a trail sheet from the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes and search for the cheesy answers marked on “truckles” (the name for a round of cheese) hidden around the town. Collect all the answers to enter a prize draw to win a traditional Yorkshire delight.
Dairy Days exhibition
Not only all this, but we have our excellent exhibition of the Dairy Days project in the Dales Countryside Museum. This exhibition is the culmination of a two year project to research and share the story of dairying in Wensleydale. The local community has shared personal stories and collections helping to bring the wonderful historic dairying artefacts and archive photographs in the Museum collection to life.
Wow, that’s a lot to get your teeth into, as well as some quality, local cheese, of course!
And did we mention this event is FREE?! What are you waiting for? Make sure you put the dates in your dairy now, sorry that should be DIARY (cheese on the brain)!