Shaw River Buffalo Cheese has taken out gold, silver and bronze for three different cheeses at the 120th annual International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich in Cheshire, England.

The competition attracted more than 5,500 entries spanning 50 countries, with 250 expert judges assessing the efforts of the world’s best cheesemakers.

Shaw River Buffalo Cheese, a small family­run buffalo dairy and cheesemaker located near Port Fairy, Victoria was pitted against multinational cheesemakers and fellow artisan creators in the award categories.

“When you enter the International Cheese Awards, it’s always with a sense of trepidation,” says Thea Royal, general manager and cheesemaker at Shaw River Buffalo Cheese. “There are so many cheeses in the mix. To come away with three medals is an incredibly humbling result.

“We are particularly elated with our gold medal win for the Annie Baxter Special Reserve, [which] is the first time we have explored ageing one of our cheeses.”

Three cheeses secured medals across two categories.

Annie Baxter Special Reserve received gold and Annie Baxter won bronze in the Best Australian Cheese (any variety) category.

Lady Julia Cheddared Buffalo Cheese secured silver in the Best Australian Cheese (Mature Cheddar) category.


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