Pennsylvania Cheeses Earn High Awards at the American Cheese Society Competition
Posted: July 30, 2016
The Farm at Doe Run (Coatesville) tied for 2nd Place in the Best of Show for St. Malachi Reserve, which was awarded 1st Place in the Farmstead Category Aged 60 days or more from Cow Milk. The Farm at Doe Run also received a 1st Place award in the Hispanic Style category for Ripened Cheese Aged Over 90 days, for their Creamery Collection Batch #11, and a 3rd Place Award for their Dragonfly in Soft-Ripened Cheese from Cow Milk.
Yellow Springs Farm (Chester Springs) was awarded 2nd Place for their Blue Velvet in the Blue-Veined with a Rind from Goat Milk category.
The 2016 American Cheese Society Competition represented 1,843 entries by 260 companies in 104 categories. It took 22 pairs of judges 2 days to evaluate the cheeses and pick the winners in all categories and the Best of Show round. The award announcers noted that the Best of Show category took longer than previous years because there were so many excellent cheeses it was hard for the judges to pick the Best of the Best. I had the privilege of being a technical judge in the competition and I echo that statement - the caliber of cheeses in the competition was amazing. Congratulations to The Farm at Doe Run and Yellow Springs Farm for making some of the best cheeses in the country!
A full list of the winners is available on the American Cheese Society website.