Distinguished Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will open its gates for a series of Cheese Tours in 2019, offering curd nerds the chance to meet its world famous cows, witness cheddar being made first-hand and explore the closely guarded ‘Cathedral of Cheese’ where huge truckles come of age.
Hosted by Quicke’s ambassador, Stuart Dowle, eight tours will be held between April and September next year. Visitors will learn about grass, the art of grazing and the unique macrobiotics of Home Farm’s soils, discovering how Quicke’s cheese is made from the ground up to become a true expression of the land from which it came.
Meeting cheesemakers with over a century of experience, the group will look on as world-class milk becomes award-winning cheddar with the help of heritage starters, natural rennet and Cornish Sea Salt, before heading across the farmyard to the cheese stores to take in the awe-inspiring sight and smell of hundreds of cheeses stacked high. Following an education in grading, mould gardens and the maturing room’s unique microflora, it will be time to tuck into a tutored tasting.
Having worked up an appetite around the farm, the tour will end with lunch at Devon’s oldest working brew pub, The Beer Engine in Newton St Cyres, with plenty of Quicke’s clothbound best on the menu.
Cheese Tour itinerary:
9.30am - Meet at Home Farm in time for a 10am start. Welcome talk from Stuart Dowle.
10.30am - Take a tour of the dairy, watching the cheesemakers craft each truckle by hand.
11.00am - Whizz around the cheese stores and see how Quicke’s ages its clothbound cheddar.
11.30am - Tuck in to a tutored tasting.
12pm - Take a guided tour of Home Farm and meet the world famous Quicke's cows.
1pm - Explore the farm shop and then visit The Beer Engine for lunch.
2019 tour dates:
Friday 26 April
Friday 31 May
Friday 28 June
Friday 19 July
Friday 26 July
Friday 30 August
Friday 20 September
Friday 27 September
Tickets to the Quicke’s Cheese Tours cost £35 and can be booked online at www.quickes.co.uk/pages/cheese-tours or by calling 01392 851 222.