If you’re crackers for local cheese, then don’t miss the Sharpham Cheese & Wine Pop-up, back for its second year at Toby’s Garden Festival. Greg, Nicky and the Sharpham team are reviving their gorgeous foodie offering in front of the Artisan Barn, offering a chance for visitors to buy and try their artisan, handmade cheese, made locally at Ashprington on the Sharpham Estate.
Celebrating 40 years of cheesemaking in 2021, Sharpham Dairy hand make a small range of award-winning English cheeses in a beautiful valley overlooking the River Dart in South Devon.Cheesemaking on the Sharpham Estate began when estate owner and environmentalist, Maurice Ash, decided to find a way to make his favourite cheese – Brie – to use up surplus milk from his Jersey herd during the slump in milk prices in the 1970s.
Nowadays, Sharpham Dairy is owned by Greg and Nicky Parsons, who are both hands-on at the Dairy. Their small team of cheesemakers have over 100 years of cheese making experience between them.
The expert team is led by Production Manager, Peter Howarth, who earned his cheese making stripes here with Sharpham’s former head cheesemaker, Debbie Mumford.
Today, Sharpham Dairy remains a small, artisan producer making around 70 tonnes of cheese a year, using the rich milk from their own herd of cows and sheep and goats’ milk from local, trusted family farms. Their eight main cheeses are winners of many awards, some several times and over numbering a UK’s Supreme Cheese at the Global Cheese Awards among them. They supply mainly through wholesalers to delis, restaurants and cheesemongers in the west country, nationwide and internationally and are proud to say that 70% of their production is still sold within Devon.