The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017 Trade Stand winner was announced this afternoon, with the winner selected from three finalists: Outside Tradestand winner Bizzarri Cashmere – Artigiani Milanesi who create fine Italian style cashmere knitwear (stand C29), the Pavilion winner Moloh, a British-made collection of stylish country separates and functional fashion for countrywomen (Country Living marquee) and Burghley Food Walk winner Neal’s Yard Dairy who sell a variety of delicious cheeses (stand F1).
The Best In Show was awarded to Neal’s Yard Dairy, who select, mature and sell farmhouse cheese from the UK and Ireland, working with around 40 different cheese makers. The team at Neal’s Yard Dairy visits the cheese makers regularly to taste their cheese and select batches to mature. The cheese is then taken back to their warehouse in London. As the cheese is maturing, it is continually tasted before it is directed to the hands of selected retailers.
There are three cheese shops in London, an online shop, and the company is a regular sight at events around the country.
This year’s judge, Gabriella Plewa, wife of the head of the ground jury Martin Plewa, chose the stand for its friendly staff and great presentation.
“I had three strong options to choose from but this stand stood out for me because it is perfectly presented, the staff are very kind and there is lots of information about their product,” she said.
Head of exports at Neal’s Yard Dairy, Jamie Hall, said: “We’ve been coming to Burghley for eight years and I have always dreamt of winning, so it’s very special to have finally done it. We brought more categories of cheese this year — 16 different types — and we’ve had a super response on the first day, which is really promising. Burghley is such a super event to come to, I do the events for work and for pleasure and this is by far the best in terms of organisation and communication.”