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The third regional cheese fair at La Orotava’s quaint Pinolere installations was a success with visitors and stallholders alike.
- It was inaugurated by the President of the Canaries, Paulino Rivero, the local Mayor Isaac Valencia and the President of the Pinolere Cultural Association Leoncio Luis, who were accompanied by Tenerife’s agricultural councillor José Joaquín Betancourt, Fuerteventura museums councillor Candelaria Gutíérrez and other members of the local council.
Ms Gutíerrez made the most of her few minutes in the spotlight to announce that the project for the Canaries’ first cheese museum in Fuerteventura has now been awarded and should be underway shortly. One to look forward to on visits to the Eastern island.
The two days of the fair were filled with exhibitions and competitions as well as tastings of some excellent cheeses. Workshops were organised for the children on how to make cheese, how to milk by hand and there were guided tastings for those who wanted to educate their palate a little more.
One complementary project this year was the first Tenerife Cheese competition. 63 cheeses from 23 dairies were entered with the overall winner, the non-matured white goat’s cheese, Montaña Gorda, from Granadilla de Abona, entered by José Manuel Cabello. Second prize went to the smoked non-matured cheese from Quesería Florida in Punta del Hidalgo, entered by Fátima Candelaria Sosa García and the third prize for their semi-matured goat cheese with gofio to the company which already holds four bronze awards from the The World Cheese Awards, Montesdeoca in Adeje, entered by Daniel Montesdeoca.