ACEDC Members Win at National Cheese Competition

Two Addison County Economic Development Corporation members recently won ribbons at the 33rd Annual American Cheese Society Competition in Des Moines, Iowa.

Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Agrimark: (Cabot/Middlebury)

  • Old School Cheddar, first place;
  • Cabot 3 Year Cheddar, third place;
  • Cabot Light Jalapeno Cheddar, third place;
  • Crème Fraiche, third place;

Fairy Tale Farm (Addison):

  • Tomte, third place

The American Cheese Society (ACS) is the leading organization supporting the understanding, appreciation and promotion of farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses produced in the Americas. Since its founding in 1983, ACS hosts North America’s foremost annual educational conference and world-renowned cheese judging and competition. This year’s competition included 1,685 entries from 248 companies across North America. This year’s theme “Cheese in the Heartland” was located in Des Moines, IA. The conference alternates each year between coasts and the middle of the country. Next year’s event will be located in Denver, Colo., home of the national offices of the American Cheese Society.

A record number of Vermont cheesemakers – 28 in total – submitted cheeses to be judged at the prestigious competition this year. All competitors are given judging notes for their products which are helpful in evaluating the cheeses and in some cases, improving the quality of production of cheeses. For a comprehensive list of the 2016 American Cheese Society winners, visit CheeseJudging.org.

The state of Vermont, celebrated for its focus on farm-to-table lifestyle and Vermont-made products, including cheese, boasts more cheese companies per capita than any other state in the nation. VT Cheesemakers range in size from producers for local farmers markets to producers selling in regional, national and international markets. Cheesemaking represents 650 million dollars in revenue for Vermont companies.