Delifonseca Dockside

Liverpool’s award-winning restaurant and deli Delifonseca Dockside has been shortlisted for the ‘UK Cheese Counter of the Year’ in the World Cheese Awards.

Located on Brunswick Quay, the foodhall and eatery beat off tough competition to secure a top ten spot in the prestigious competition. A representative from the Guild of Fine Food visited Delifonseca Dockside recently to rate the produce served at the delicatessen. General Manager Lavinia Cooke said: “We are delighted to be in the finals and the team hopes that our fine array of cheeses will stand out from the crowd.”

Delifonseca’s huge selection of both local and continental cheeses impressed the judges in the first round of the competition, along with the modern holistic approach of the venue.

The winner of Britain’s Best Cheese Counter will be announced at the World Cheese Awards in November. The Cheese Counter of the Year is an associated event that was founded in recent years to acknowledge the work that goes into showcasing award-winning cheeses to the general public.

For over twenty years the World Cheese Awards has been bringing together buyers and sellers from the dairy industry worldwide. The awards run by the UK’s Guild of Fine Food, are the largest and most respected competition of its kind in the world.

Last year the World Cheese Awards attracted 2,700 entries from over 30 countries. They were judged by cheese experts from every corner of the globe including Delifonseca’s owner Candice Fonseca and Lavinia Cooke, who have also been invited back to judge this year’s entries.

Many of the winning produce were available for sampling at a World Cheese Deli at BBC Good Food Show held last December. Lavinia added: “We like to think of our store as a modern version of the traditional European delicatessens with a twist of farm shop added in for good measure. It has always been such a great delight amongst our local customers but it is fantastic to see our selection of cheeses get such high acclaim.”

For more information on Delifonseca visit www.delifonseca.co.uk.