Image: the Cheese Room at Nantwich Museum
Two local family businesses will feature in activities at Nantwich Museum during the forthcoming Nantwich Food Festival (31st August – 2nd September) when the museum will be open as usual with free entry.
Traditional grocer Godfrey C. Williams & Son of Sandbach, supported by award-winning cheesemakers Belton Farm of Whitchurch, will give a practical demonstration on the art of cheesemaking and a brief history of Cheshire cheese.
Godfrey C. Williams & Son was established in 1875 and are Cheshire’s oldest cheese factors (cheese specialists).
Belton Farm has championed farming and cheese-making traditions in Shropshire for three generations.
This year has been particularly successful for both companies – with Belton Farm winning ‘Supreme Champion’ at the International Cheese Awards 2018 (the world’s largest cheese and dairy show, held in Nantwich each year) with their Traditional Coloured Cheshire Cheese.
Godfrey C. Williams & Son also won at the Nantwich Show, taking away ‘Deli Cheese Independent Retailer of the Year’.
Cheese making demonstrations at the museum will take place at 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 1st September.
This will also be an opportunity to visit the recently re-vamped Cheese Room at the museum where Mr and Mrs Mouse and their family can be found, helping to guide visitors through the information panels, which describe the history of local cheesemaking.
A timeline identifies when, at one time, the Navy only used Cheshire cheese; when the first dairy school was established and when the first annual cheese show in Nantwich took place.
A range of artefacts brings the display to life – including: a milk cooler, churns, cheese vat, curd mill and cheese press.
Of particular note, and in pride of place, is the magnificent silver Dutton Cup presented in 1895 to farmer John Dutton by the Cheshire Dairy Farmers Association at Nantwich Dairy Show.
Continuing the cheese theme, oak cheese boards will be available to purchase from the museum shop.
For further information, please contact Nantwich Museum by email on [email protected] or call 01270 627 104.