Vermont cheesemakers set record with 44 ribbons in national competition

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Vermont cheesemakers set record with 44 ribbons in national competition

Mon, 08/05/2019 - 4:44pm -- tim

Vermont Creamery's "Bijou"

Vermont Business Magazine A new record was set for Vermont cheeses at the prestigious American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Awards competition (ACS) in Richmond, Virginia. Vermont producers, big and small, collectively took home 44 ribbons, marking Vermont’s best showing to date. Additionally, five Vermont cheeses were finalists for the Best of Show.

“Congratulations to Vermont’s cheesemakers for this impressive achievement,” said Governor Phil Scott of Vermont. “Cheesemakers’ commitment to excellence is helping Vermont grow its economy by creating jobs and further strengthening our great Vermont brand. We appreciate your work every day and now the national stage has experienced it too. Well done.”

A fan of Cabot Cheese at VBM's "Made in Vermont Marketplace" show.

There were more 2000 entries at the 2019 ACS with 25 Vermont companies submitting cheeses to be judged. This annual competition is supported by the Vermont Cheese Council which provides technical assistance and marketing support for Vermont’s cheesemakers.

“These awards reinforce Vermont’s commitment to quality, which starts with the farmer, on the farm, and is carried right through until the cheese is served,“ said Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts. “Many thanks to the cheesemakers and the Vermont Cheese Council for their hard work helping Vermont’s economy grow by continuing to reinforce and grow the quality of Vermont products.”

“We are honored to be recognized six times over by the American Cheese Society, said Adeline Druart, president of Vermont Creamery. “These accolades reflect the overall quality of our product line across three categories and inspire us to continue making delicious dairy that tastes better because it’s made better.”

This is the sixth ACS award for Vermont Creamery's Bijou since 2012, the fourth for Classic Spreadable Goat Cheese, the second for Cremont, the first for Clover Blossom Honey Fresh Goat Cheese, fourth for Quark and fifth for Feta.

Grafton Village Cheese Company Shepsog

Winning Cheeses from Vermont include:

Barn First Creamery, Westfield: Malloy, 1st Place
Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls: Eleven Brothers, 2nd Place; Gisele, 3rd Place
Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot: Cabot Founders Private Stock, 1st Place; Cabot Centennial, 1st Place; Cabot Garlic & Herb (New York) 1st Place; Old School Cheddar, 2nd Place; McCadam Brick Muenster (New York) 2nd Place; Cabot Salted Butter, (Massachusetts) 3rd Place
Cate Hill Orchard, Craftsbury Commons: Vermanchego, 2nd Place
Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet: Rupert Reserve, 2nd Place; Goatlet, 1st Place with Crown Finish Caves
Fairy Tale Farm, Bridport: Nuberu, 2nd Place
Grafton Village Cheese Company, Grafton: Shepsog, 1st Place and Best of Show Finalist; Traditional Clothbound Cheddar, 2nd Place; Bear Hill, 3rd Place
Jasper Hill Farm, Greensboro: Cave Aged Cheddar, 1st Place in Category and Best of Show finalist in collaboration with Cabot Creamery Cooperative; Alpha Tolman, 1st Place, Cabot Clothbound, 3rd Place in collaboration with Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Bayley Hazen Blue, 3rd Place; Calderwood, 3rd Place, Hartwell, 3rd Place; Winnimere, 3rd Place; Little Hosmer, 3rd Place
Maplebrook Farm, Bennington: Whole Milk Block Feta, 1st Place
Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville: Starr, 1st Place collaboration with Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Stowe
Parish Hill Creamery, West Westminster: Reverie, 1st Place; Kashar, 1st Place; Suffolk Punch, 2nd Place
Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Stowe: Starr, 1st Place collaboration with Mt. Mansfield Creamery, Morrisville; Spruce, 1st Place, Smoked Chevre, 2nd Place; Morse Camembert, 2nd Place
Spring Brook Farm/Farms for City Kids Foundation, Reading: Tarentaise Reserve, 1st place and Best of Show Finalist; Reading Raclette, 3rd Place
Vermont Creamery, Websterville: Bijou, 1st Place and Best of Show Finalist; Classic Spreadable Goat Cheese, 1st Place; Cremont, 2nd Place; Quark, 2nd Place; Goat Feta, 3rd Place; Clover Blossom Honey Fresh Chevre, 3rd Place; We Be Chivin’ with Wegmans Market Affinage Program, 1st Place and Best of Show Finalist; Sweet 16 with Wegmans Market Affinage Program, 3rd Place
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, Woodstock: Clothbound Windsordale, 3rd Place
Vermont Shepherd, Putney: Well-Aged Invierno, 1st Place
von Trapp Farmstead, Mad River Blue, 1st Place

Spring Brook Tarentaise

The ACS is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead, artisan, and specialty cheeses in the Americas.  ACS hosts North America’s foremost annual cheese-based educational conference, and world-renowned cheese judging and competition.

For a complete list of the 2019 American Cheese Society winners, visit CheeseJudging.org.

For more information on the Vermont Cheese Council visit www.vtcheese.com.

Source: VT Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets August 5, 2019 | Montpelier, VT