Just hours after being crowned champion and reserve champion, at the Yeovil Show, two vintage cheddars’ were stolen from the marquee as they awaited further display.
The theft took place Saturday night, at the annual Yeovil agricultural show in Somerset, U.K. The show originating in the 19th century and ending its original debut in 1960, only reopened its festivities last year.
In what is believed to be an elaborate heist against the winning cheeses, the cheesemakers of Wyke Farms of Somerset U.K are devastated. Since the theft targeted only the the winning cheeses, third generation cheesemaker Rich Clothier believes the theft was planned, “You can’t just put one of those in a bag.”
The two 45 pound blocks, worth around $1,000.00, became more than just cheese to Wyke Farms but masterpieces.
The fine vintage cheddars are worth more than just the money to Somerset cheesemakers. The masterpieces took about a year-and-a-half to make. Rich was quoted saying, “they are among the best ever produced.”
Cheesemaker and managing director, Rich Clothier, of Wyke Farms is now offering a $600.00 reward in hopes of the return of their prized cheeses.