Vermont cheese makers take home 36 ribbons at American Cheese Society event

The Vermont Cheese Council (VCC), an organization dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont Cheese, proudly announces Vermont took home its second consecutive Best in Show first place designation, along with 36 ribbons from 16 cheesemakers at the 31st annual American Cheese Society competition in Sacramento, CA this summer. The Best in Show First Place was awarded for Farms for City Kids Foundation/ Spring Brook Farm’s Tarentaise Reserve cheese.
“Tonight saw a record win from Vermont at the American Cheese Society Awards,” says Tom Bivins, Vermont Cheese Council executive director. “Sixteen of the 23 cheesemakers who submitted cheeses walked away with at least one ribbon. And for Vermont to take home a Best in Show for the second year in a row, truly clinches our standing of Vermont being home for many of the world’s finest cheeses.”

Besides Farms for City Kids, winning cheese makers included:
Big Picture Farm, Townshend: Sonnet, third place
Boston Post Dairy, Enosburg Falls: Très Bonne, first place
Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cabot: Monterey Jack, first place; Cabot Sharp, second place; Farmhouse Reserve, second place; Light Cheddar, third place; Plain Greek Style Yogurt, second place; Salted Butter, second place; Unsalted Butter, third place
Cellars at Jasper Hill, Greensboro: Harbison, first place; Alpha Tolman, second place
Consider Bardwell Farm, West Pawlet: Rupert, first
Grafton Village Cheese, Grafton: Shepsog, first place; 2 Year Aged cheddar, third place; Queen of Quality Clothbound Cheddar, first place; Bear Hill, third place; Bull Hill, second place
Lazy Lady Farm, Westfield: La Petite Tomme, third place
Maplebrook Farm, Bennington: Ricotta Alta, second place; Whole Milk Block Feta, second place
Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Plymouth: Red White & Blue, second place
Sage Farm Goat Dairy, Stowe: Belvidere, third place
Shelburne Farms, Shelburne: Farmhouse 6 Month Cheddar, third place
Twig Farm, Cornwall: Mixed Drum, third place
Vermont Creamery, Websterville: Bijou, first place; Bonne Bouche, second place; Coupole, second place; Torus (with Murray’s Cheese), second place; Feta, first place; Cultured Butter with Sea Salt and Maple, second place; Crème Fraiche, third place; Unsalted Cultured Butter, third place
Vermont Farmstead Cheese, S. Woodstock: Alehouse Cheddar, second
von Trapp Farmstead, Waitsfield: Savage, third place

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