Offering a unique peek behind the rind of its award-winning clothbound cheddar, Devon-based cheesemaker, Quicke’s will be hosting a series of Cheese Tours in 2018, opening the gates to the rolling hills that the family has nurtured for fourteen generations.
Taking place on the last Friday of each month from April until September, the Cheese Tours will tell the often surprising story of what goes into a wedge, from the specially bred hybrid cows roaming this idyllic corner of Devon to the towers of clothbound truckles being cared for in Home Farm’s ‘cheese cathedral’.
Beginning with the cheesemaking art itself, the tours begin in the dairy, meeting cheesemakers with over a century of experience, who use all their senses to craft each cheese by hand with a culture that has remained unchanged for decades. After a short stroll to the cheese stores, visitors will be hit with the awe-inspiring sight and smell of hundreds of cheeses stacked high, as the aging process finishes the job that nature started. Following an education in mould gardens and the rigorous grading process, it’s time to tuck into a tutored tasting.
Back to the fields where it all began, a guided tour with Quicke’s farm manager, Adam Reeves, will offer an insight into how this world-class cheese is made from the ground up. Employing methods such as the kiwi grazing system to measure grass growth and ensure that the cows can enjoy their favourite food for 10-11 months of the year, Quicke’s continues to innovate, while always being guided by its ethos, “farm like you’re going to live forever”.
Home Farm Experience itinerary:
9.30am – Meet for coffee and cake at the Quicke’s Farm Kitchen and hear the history of the Quicke family
10.30am – Take a tour of the dairy and watch the cheesemakers expertly craft each truckle
11.00am – Visit the cheese stores and see how Quicke’s ages its clothbound cheddar
11.30am – Tuck into a tutored tasting
12pm – Take a guided tour of the farm with the Quicke’s herd managers and meet the cows
1pm – A two course seasonal feast at the Quicke’s Farm Kitchen
2018 Tour Dates:
Friday 27 April 2018
Friday 25 May 2018
Friday 29 June 2018
Friday 27 July 2018
Friday 31 August 2018
Friday 28 September 2018
Tickets to the Home Farm Experience Cheese Tours cost £35 and can be booked online at www.quickes.co.uk/pages/cheese-tours or by calling 01392 851 222.
All photos courtesy of Quicke’s Cheese