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A celebration of all things cheese-related is taking place at a National Trust property this week to highlight the wealth of local producers in the area.

Cheese Week at Cragside sees cheesemakers, chutney creators, bakers and more selling their wares at the Rothbury estate.

Cragside education officer Carole Evans with a selection of cheese and baker Andrew Smith from Bread and Roses of Powburn. Ref:JCNG cragsidecheese

Cragside education officer Carole Evans with a selection of cheese and baker Andrew Smith from Bread and Roses of Powburn. Ref:JCNG cragsidecheese

The event supports the property’s Building Dreams: 150 years of Cragside programme and should be a mouth watering week.

Producers from the North East and Yorkshire including Bread and Roses at Powburn, Doddington Dairy, at Wooler, and the Northumberland Cheese Company, based at Blagdon, are offering demonstrations throughout the week including how to forage for food and how to make cheese.

There are also stalls in the visitor centre offering an array of chutneys, artisan bread and gourmet nibbles.

In the Tea Rooms, you can try the Cheviot rarebit, cheese and ale soup and leek and cheese bread.

In the Gift Shop, visitors can sample the range of Lindisfarne wines and National Trust jams and chutneys.

Kate Hunter, events coordinator, said: “We’re delighted to host our first ever Cheese Week.

“Visitors will be encouraged to try some new food products and enjoy many of the demonstrations which will be taking place throughout the week.”

Cheese Week, which started on Tuesday, is based around the fact that despite the old wives’ tale that cheese gives you nightmares, it actually acts as a sleeping aid and in fact promotes good sleep.

Other producers include Parlourmade from County Durham, Swaledale Cheese Company, Boulevard Cuisine from North Shields, Carwinley Preserves, Durham Green Lane, Eliza Pepperpot, Willow Cottage Preserves and the Fruit Kitchen. Cheese Week runs until Sunday.

For more information about Cragside log onto www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside or ring 01669 620333.