Goat’s cheese named supreme champion at Irish Cheese Awards
Killeen Mature takes the honours at Bloom
Marion Roeleveld, maker of Killeen Mature cheese (right), winner of the supreme championship at the 2014 Irish Cheese Awards receiving her award from (left to right), Katherina Broderick and Grainne Whalley
A goat’s cheese has been named supreme champion at The Irish Cheese Awards, the results of which were announced at the Bloom garden festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin, today. Killeen Mature, made by Marion Roeleveld in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, was judged best in class in the hard cheese (under six months) category before going on to take the supreme championship. It is the second year in succession a goat’s cheese has taken the supreme award, last year’s winner being St Tola Ash Log.
The reserve supreme champion is Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheese’s Humming Bark, a pasteurised cow’s milk soft cheese wrapped in spruce bark. There were 17 classes judged by a panel of experts, including a new one for cheese for children, judged by Hannah Cahill (10), Leon Cullen McLoughlin (7), Ryan Mooney (12) and Sarah Whalley (16), who chose Coolea Young Matured as their winner.