The Aillwee Caves are world-famous for, well the cave itself. But did you know that they also produce gouda (cheese)? You will be able to buy all of their delicious varieties at the festival.
“The milk that produces our award-winning cheese has, since 1985, come from the Friesian herd at Davoren’s of Caherconnell. Their cows graze on the wild Burren grasses and herbs, just a stone’s throw from Aillwee Mountain. Always using traditional Farmhouse cheese crafting methods, we produces six flavours of Burren Gold – plain, smoked, black pepper, cumin, piri piri and our ever popular, garlic and nettle. Savour both our young and creamy to our truly exquisite 1 and 2 year old mature cheeses.”
The ‘Burren Gold Cheese at Aillwee’ story continues to be told for over 35 years. From April to October, Kilfenora man Diarmuid O’Callaghan, their talented cheesemaker, makes 70 kilos of beautiful semi soft farmhouse Gouda style every day. The milk that produces the award-winning cheese has, since 1985, come from the Friesian herd at Davoren’s of Caherconnell. Their cows graze on the wild Burren grasses and herbs, just a stone’s throw from Aillwee Mountain.
Diarmuid is a man of many talents – he not only makes the cheese, he also milks the cows! Always using traditional Farmhouse cheese crafting methods, he produces the six flavours of Burren Gold.
The Farm Shop at Aillwee Cave is part of a full day out for anybody to visit. They are open daily for guided cave tours and spectacular flying displays at the Birds of Prey Centre. In addition, cheese is made during the months of April to October where the process can be be watched, followed by a cheese tasting.
“As we guide you through the process, savour both our young and creamy to our truly exquisite 1 and 2 year old mature cheeses. You will learn how cheese is pasteurised, how the curds are separated from the whey, see how we achieve that familiar Dutch inspired Gouda shape and the reason why we wax the way we do.
Our Burren Gold Cheese experience also includes tastings of our farm shop made Fudge and Wild Flower Honey sourced from within the Burren Region.”
The Aillwee Cave have kindly agreed to sponsor a wonderful Cheese Hamper as a raffle prize. Instead of admission we raise money to run the festival by selling raffle tickets – instant draws and wins!