Thursday, August 07, 2008

Virginia Cheese Winners

Carole Palmer of the American Cheese SocietyThe American Cheese Society is non-profit trade organization that "encourages the understanding, appreciation, and promotion of farmstead and natural specialty cheeses produced in the Americas and Canada."

Each year the Society hosts a conference on the state-of-American cheeses with a concurrent cheese competition.

The 2008 event was held 25 July in Chicago, Il. And two Virginia dairies achieved great success.

Everona Dairy of Rapidan, Va. reached 2nd place in the Flavored Cheese category for its sheep's milk Herbes De Provence. There was no 1st place awarded, so I'll recognize this cheese as the nation's best in this category.

Meadow Creek Dairy of Galax, Va. received first place in the Cow's Milk --aged 60 days or more-- category for its Grayson washed rind cheese. And, as well, the cheese achieved runner-up status for Best of Show (second only to Snow White Goat Cheddar of Carr Valley in Wisconsin).

  • Full winner list here.
  • YFGF posts on Grayson here and here.
  • DC Foodies post on Grayson here.

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