Iona doing a cheese tasting at Country Harvest, Ingleton
Last Wednesday, I attended Country Harvest’s annual Extravaganza. It is an annual bash that involves many of the local suppliers. We were there as were Pearson’s butchers from Ingleton who now have their own counter at Country Harvest together with a smokehouse from Liverpool who were on hand with little wooden spoons containing tasty morsels of smoked salmon.
I took my friend Pat with me (who was camera shy) and we set up in good time for the doors to open at 6pm. We put our faithful piece of black velvet over the little table we had perched at the edge of the cheese counter with three tasters: our Smoked Yorkshire Goat Gouda, our Original Goat and our award winning Wensleydale. We also had six tasting jars of chutney out too.
We had problems securing our large black banner on the wall behind the cheese counter, needing several tall men, but to no avail. Then we tried it attached to the front of the cheese counter, still it wasn’t going to stay there and finally, we wrapped it around our little table.
It was really busy with hordes of people circulating round and there was a great atmosphere.
Ably assisted by Janet, who runs the cheese counter, we did a roaring trade in chutneys, selling about 20 in 3 hours, with Red Onion Marmalade being the favourite, followed by Macho Man Chilli Jam. On the cheese front, we sold two whole 2.3kg wheels of Wensleydale and a good part of a Smoked Gouda and the Original Goat. We met a chef from Avanti, a wonderful Italian restaurant in Kirby Lonsdale and hope to hear from him again. It was a great opportunity to meet both local shoppers and the guys at Country Harvest, who are a really nice and friendly bunch and they have a great cheese counter too!
Thank you for inviting us, we enjoyed ourselves.