The Canadian Cheese Awards

Taste of Cheese & La Ferme take part in The Canadian Cheese Awards!

Cheese of the year, Baluchon!

Cheese of the year, Baluchon!

Last week, The Canadian Cheese Awards took place in the North building at the St.Lawrence Market. Taste of Cheese and La Ferme Black River were an official sponsor, and had the opportunity to meet with many of the award winning cheese makers and had a moment to share their insight about the awards with CTV!

Baluchon, from Fromagerie FX Pichet Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade, Quebec was named the grand winner as cheese of the year or as it’s called in French ‘fromage d’exeption’, yet with 16 other categories in place there were some other exceptional cheeses that came out on top from across Canada!  Louis d’Or  from Fromagerie du Presbytere, Quebec definitely stood out, taking three awards that night. ‘Best Firm Cheese’ (aka alpine style), ‘Best Raw Milk Cheese’ and ‘Best Quebec Cheese’.  This is super tasty creation has nutty and fruity notes which are very close in relation to its European cousins, Comte and Gruyere. So, it’s no wonder that it was awarded in three categories!

Two cheddar’s stood out and were a pair of close combatants, one winning ‘ Best Mild/Medium Cheddar’, Cheddar Ile-aux-Grues from S.C.A Isle-aux-Grues, L’Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec. An overall smooth cheddar aged for 9 months, and makes a great staple cheese to have on any cheese board. With Cows Creamery, Extra Old Cheddar out of Charlottetown PEI, aged for one year, faired well in two categories, ‘Best Old Cheddar’ and ‘Best Atlantic Canadian Cheese’. From the producers of the old world style cheddar, Avonlea Clothbound, Cows Creamery does an excellent job in cheddar production and demonstrates this with its full bodied extra old cheddar!

Rang de Iles, Medard!

Rang de Iles, Medard!

As to softer cheeses, Rang des iles from Fromagerie Medard in Saint-Gedeon, Quebec took the ‘Best Mixed Rind Cheese’. A younger cheese  aged for only 30 days, has a with a hint of sweetness and mushrooms, making it a great cheese for those who like a milder approach to cheese. Magie de Madawaska won ‘Best Soft Cheese/Bloomy Rind Cheese’, it’s a perfect cheese for those that want something a touch stronger in a soft cheese, and a bit similar in nature  to the European great, Munster Alsace. Earthy, meatier and a clearly present mushroom tone!

For the full list of winners in each category check out this link here. We’d love to hear your opinion on the awards, find us on Twitter, or Facebook and let us know your thoughts! With so many delicious award winners to choose from, we’re sure to pick out a few of the key winners and hopefully provide them in your next cheese delivery over the next couple months!

 

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