The 30th annual Academy of Cheese awards — technically the American Cheese Society Judging & Competition Awards, took place last night in Providence, Rhode Island. There were 355 ribbons awarded to the best of 1,779 cheeses entered from producers in North and South America. For the first time in competition history, the winner was a Canadian cheese.
Congratulations to Glengarry Fine Cheese of Ontario, Best of Show recipient for their Celtic Blue Reserve!
There were two first runners-up (second place), both from Wisconsin:
LaClare Farms Standard Market Cave Aged Chandoka, a New Zealand-style cheddar made with cow and goat milk (think cheddar with a tangy kick), and aged at Standard Market.
& Roth’s Private Reserve, Emmi Roth USA — an Alpine-style cheese made in traditional copper vats; it’s earthy, sweet and nutty with a pleasant finish.
And the second runner-up (third place), Harbison of Jasper Hill Farm, Vermont! This spruce-wrapped, bloomy-rind is the result of a happy accident/mad genius at Jasper Hill, when they slapped spruce bark (from Winnimere) onto a batch of too oozy Moses Sleepers and got this perfectly spoonable delight.
Download a complete list of winners here. More to come featuring a few of our favorite category winners, soon!