It’s 2021! Finally, after the strangest year, we’ve made it out the other side. We wanted to take this opportunity to appreciate all the GOOD that happened here at Bath Soft Cheese in 2020 and look forward to all the adventures ahead… So here are some of our top 2020 moments:
Kicking off the list, and rightly so, is the BBC Farmers’ Country Showdown which aired in January 2020. The show followed the journey of cheese – from cow to market – and everything in between. The BBC did a great job showing the country what goes on behind the scenes at Park Farm.
Next up is our beautiful cafe extension which opened mid-February and has proved to be very popular (when we’re allowed to have it open) – especially among weary walkers returning from Kelston Round Hill.
Of course, you all know Covid hit the country hard in March 2020. We were scared but focused on what we could do; we launched nationwide free-home-delivery cheese bags as well as local home delivery of grocery boxes. Our now quiet cafe extension was converted into a packing area overflowing with vegetables, cheese and homemade treats.
With Spring came a new tiny chick. Pompom, our Japanese silky, laid just in time for Easter so all the children could come and see. What better way to learn from home than visiting a farm?
In May, we took a poetical part in the British Cheese Weekender, an online cheese festival, which gave Graham Padfield, our founding farmer, the opportunity to share the verses he had written as well as some history of the farm and cheese.
Fast forward to September and we had another award under our belt. Our Extra Mature Wyfe of Bath won the coveted 3 Star Taste Award at the Great Taste Award. Only 205 out of over 12,700 entrants were given this title so to say we were proud as punch is an understatement.
In November we revealed our Bath Soft Cheese truffling experiment. We added flakes of truffle to the cheese curd itself as it was being poured into moulds. It turned out perfectly and has been very popular, especially for orders over Christmas!
December saw a welcome start to festivities and we hosted a Christmas Cake-off Competition for the villagers of Kelston. Thirteen entrants sent us their show-stopping cakes to taste and then Queen of Cake Mary Berry herself declared Rachel Guest champion!
It’s been a scary, unpredictable year but it’s important to look back on the light that emerges from the darkness. Cheese may not cure any pandemic, but it brings a smile to people’s faces (yes, even blue cheese), and we are delighted to be able to continue to do our bit! Wishing you a safe, healthy and prosperous 2021 from everyone here at Bath Soft Cheese.