Wisconsin cheesemakers won big at the annual American Cheese Society Competition on August 7 in Austin, Texas, capturing 92 ribbons, including the Runner-Up Best of Show prize.
Of 1,327 total entries, Wisconsin cheesemakers secured nearly one third of all awards bestowed, more than any other state. The 92 awards included 24 firsts, 34 seconds, and 34 thirds. Cheesemakers from 197 companies in 32 U.S. states, Canada, and Mexico were represented.
Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook of Carr Valley Cheese claimed 19 ribbons, including Third Place Best of Show with Cave Aged Mellage, a mixed-milk, aged cheese. Hidden Springs Creamery captured the second-most ribbons for Wisconsin, with a total of 8 awards. Holland’s Family Cheese took home six ribbons for various styles and flavors of its Dutch-style Goudas.
In addition to winning the most first place awards, Wisconsin cheesemakers swept five categories: American Originals Mixed Milk or Sheep’s Milk Cheeses; American Made/International Style, Dutch Style; American Made/International Style Mixed Milk or Sheep’s Milk Cheeses; Italian Type Cheese, Grating Styles; and Fresh Sheep’s Milk Cheeses, Flavor Added.