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VT cheesemakers to be 2017 Good Food Awards nominees

RANDOLPH, VT – Five cheesemakers from Vermont were honored here earlier this year when the Good Food Awards announced 2017 nominees for its honors.

Along with Vermont Cheese Council members, six long-time artisan food exhibitors who participate in the annual state Cheesemakers Festival were also honored:

Grafton Village Cheese Company received nominations for two of its artisan, hand-crafted cheeses: Bear Hill, a 100% sheep’s milk, washed-rind, alpine-style cheese and “Queen of Quality” Clothbound Cheddar,” an internationally-awarded, limited-supply clothbound cheddar made from grass-fed Jersey cow’s milk produced on Farms for City Kids Foundation/ Springbrook Farm in Reading, VT.

Along with Grafton Village Cheese Company, four other cheesemakers were nominated including: Farms for City Kids Foundation/ Springbrook Farm for “Reading,” a raclette-style, washed-rind cow’s milk cheese;  Parish Hill Creamery for “Kashar,” an aged  Balkan-style, pasta filata or stretched curd cheese made from cow’s milk; Shelburne Farms for their “Clothbound Cheddar,” a cave-aged clothbound cheddar made from their award-winning Brown Swiss cow herd raised on grass and non-gmo grain; and Vermont Creamery for “Bonne Bouche,” an aged, 100% goat’s milk cheese with a geotrichum rind sprinkled with ash.

The Good Food Awards celebrate authentic and responsibly produced foods in fourteen different categories: beer, cider, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, honey, pantry, pickles, preserves, spirits, oil and preserved fish.  Awards are given to producers and their food communities from each of the five regions of the US.  The Good Food Awards seal, found on winning products assures consumers that they have found an exceptional and delicious product that supports sustainability and social good within their communities.

The Vermont Cheese Council is a non-profit trade association with 50 members. Its mission is to promote and advance quality cheesemaking in Vermont.  The Vermont Cheese Council prints The Vermont Cheese Trail Map and will host the 9th Annual Vermont Cheesemakers Festival on July 16, 2017.  The Festival was recently named “Top Ten Summer Festival in Vermont” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, a “Top Five Food Festivals to Plan Your Vacation Around” and Fodor’s Travel “Top Ten Summer Food Festivals in the United States.”

For additional information, contact: Tom Bivins, Executive Director for the Vermont Cheese Council, tom@vtcheese.com, 802-451-8654.

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