Looking for the proper nibbles to enjoy while watching the Olympics? How about some gold medal American cheeses to cheer on Team USA. Below are the “Best in Show” winners of the past five American Cheese Society Awards. And if you’re looking to get a little more up close and personal with the curd, and you’re within driving distance of Raleigh, NC, you’re in luck! The ACS holds it annual conference there this week. On Saturday, August 4, the public is invited to sample nearly all of the 1700+ cheeses entered in this year’s competition at the Festival of Cheese. Click here to get your ticket today.
And now, the previous gold medalists in American cheese…
2007 — Aged Raclette, Leelanau Cheese, Michigan
2008 — Snow White Goat Cheddar, Carr Valley, Wisconsin
2009 — Rogue River Blue, Rogue Creamery, Oregon
2010 — Pleasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged, Uplands Cheese Co., Wisconsin
2011 — Rogue River Blue, Rogue Creamery, Oregon
Will a new state emerge to take the crown from Oregon and Wisconsin? Perhaps Vermont…? May the best cheese win!
(Yours truly will be attending the Festival of Cheese, but makes no guarantee of consuming every cheese there. So I’ll be sure to let you know the official judges’ verdict as well.)