Here’s an opportunity to support a new local cheese producer with their crowdfunding campaign
A Carrickfergus couple are appealing for pledges to set up their own local cheese factory.
Carol, a retired receptionist and Olav, a Dutch native living in Northern Ireland for the past twenty years, took the decision to make their own artisan Gouda, when they realised there was a shortage.
The couple found it difficult to get hold of their favourite cheese from the EU due to extra regulations. They even tried to source from mainland UK but came up against longer delivery times due to increased paperwork, which meant that the cheese would be spoiled by the time it arrived.
They now make the semi-soft cheese themselves in a variety of flavours including Cumin, Fennel and Smoked Paprika.
With 60 customers and restaurants already interested in the cheese when it becomes available, the couple has launched an official crowdfunding appeal to get their cheese-making business off the ground. ‘We’re passionate about bringing quality speciality cheese back to Northern Ireland. Just because we aren’t in the EU anymore, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have access to a wide variety of cheeses’, explained Carol.
The new facility will cost £30,000 to establish and will be the only Gouda cheese making facility in Northern Ireland.
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