The Cheese Lady to win ‘Cheesemonger of the Year’ in the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2018


Local Cheesemonger The Cheese Lady from Haddington have entered into the Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2019 and they need your help to win! The Cheese Lady to win Farm shop and deli awards 2019

The Awards, in partnership with The Cheese Lady, are highly respected in the industry for playing an important role in supporting, and celebrating, the UK’s independent, specialist retail market. Each entrant will be judged on the many factors covering speciality retail including highest levels of service, product knowledge, initiative, innovation and community involvement.

Chair of judges, Nigel Barden, will be joined by leading speciality retailers and key industry figures to bring a wealth of knowledge to the judging process. The judging process will include mystery visits and public votes from consumers via the Awards website.

The aim of the Awards is to highlight our highly driven and passionate local businesses like The Cheese Lady, to generate the coverage they deserve. Winning this Award would help build them as a destination, putting them on the map both regionally and nationally and in turn, bringing interest to Haddington.

Nigel Barden, chair of judges and food & drink broadcaster commented, “I am delighted to continue to be involved with the Farm Shop & Deli Awards. It’s a fabulous initiative for the sector and offers the best way to recognise and reward excellence for the UK’s local, artisan and high street speciality retailers.”

Svetlana Kukharchuk, Co-Owner at local Cheesemonger The Cheese Lady said “We believe that we deserve to win because our passion for cheese and our knowledge of our product are second to none. But most importantly we aim to ignite the same passion for this amazing product in our customers. All our cut and wrapped to order cheeses come with sticky labels so the customers know exactly what the cheeses are when they get home. We do not carry any cheeses that have been pre-cut into slices and vacuum-packed as we believe it ruins the flavour and texture of the cheese. We aim to keep things seasonal: for instance, Burrata and fresh goats milk cheeses are only available in the summer (that when they taste the best, made from fresh summer milk). Our shop is only small but we do stock over 50 British and International cheeses and every month we bring in at least one new cheese (Cheese of of the Month) for our customers to try.”

These coveted Awards recognise excellence within the specialist retail market, focusing on independent speciality retailers who sell regional fresh/farm produce or have a delicatessen counter. They are offered across twelve categories, including Cheesemonger.

Entrants will also have the opportunity to win as a Regional Winner. The Regional Winners will progress through to have the opportunity to win the overall coveted title of ‘Farm Shop & Deli Awards Retailer of the Year’ announced at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, Monday 8th April 2019 at Birmingham’s NEC.

Vote for The Cheese Lady here

Voting closes on Wednesday 31st October 2018 and one lucky voter will be entered into a draw to win a food hamper (that’s what we call a win-win situation!).