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The whey forward: Northern Ireland’s small but mighty group of cheesemakers

We meet four people who are keeping it cheesy

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Mike Thompson of Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast.

Mike Thompson of Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast.

Cheese maker Carol Koster from Carrickfergus with her Plain and Cumin Gouda cheese.

Cheese maker Carol Koster from Carrickfergus with her Plain and Cumin Gouda cheese.

Davide Tani from Velocheese

Davide Tani from Velocheese

Cheese maker Carol Koster from Carrickfergus

Cheese maker Carol Koster from Carrickfergus

Davide Tani who is based out of Banana Block in East Belfast

Davide Tani who is based out of Banana Block in East Belfast

Davide Tani from Velocheese who drives a Velomobile

Davide Tani from Velocheese who drives a Velomobile

Mike Thompson of Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast

Mike Thompson of Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast

Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast.

Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast.

Mark Wright from Ballylisk Dairies, based in Co Armagh

Mark Wright from Ballylisk Dairies, based in Co Armagh

Mark Wright from Ballylisk Dairies, at 10 Downing Street

Mark Wright from Ballylisk Dairies, at 10 Downing Street

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Mike Thompson of Mike's Fancy Cheeses, Belfast.

“No one makes a tonne of money making cheese so you might as well have a nice time doing it,” says Mike Thomson, creator and cheesemaker of blue masterpiece Young Buck and the brains behind the massively successful Mike’s Fancy Cheese in Belfast.


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