Gold medal is ‘dedicated to the cows’ after Briddlesford cheddar triumphs at World Cheese Awards in Norway


An Isle of Wight dairy farm is celebrating after its cheddar scooped an international award.

Briddlesford Farm’s cheddar was awarded a gold medal at the World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway.

A total of 3,500 cheeses from six continents were judged by international teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers from 29 nations.

Judges worked in teams of three or four, identifying any cheeses worthy of a gold, silver or bronze award.

They looked at the rind and body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and, above all, its taste.

Briddlesford head cheesemaker, Debi Pidgeon, said: “This is a dream come true for me.

“I am lucky enough to work with probably the best milk in the world, from our cows here at Briddlesford.

“We have worked hard to create a recipe that turns quality milk into quality cheese.

“We have the most beautiful herd of award-winning pedigree Guernsey cows, and I am thrilled that we have now been recognised as producing one of the best cheeses in the world.

“I think the medal should be dedicated to the cows. It’s all about them – and trying to sustain one of the island’s most long-established, and still surviving, dairy herds.”