Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition is open to any Pennsylvania cheesemaker holding a valid dairy foods manufacturing permit.
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Updated: September 13, 2017

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Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition

Judges cutting a 200 pound block of Swiss cheese

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition is open to any Pennsylvania cheesemaker holding a valid dairy foods manufacturing permit from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. The judging is conducted in December and the awards are announced at the Farm Show in January.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition is a chance for Pennsylvania Cheesemakers to promote the industry, introduce consumers to the wonderful variety of cheeses made in Pennsylvania, and be recognized by the dairy industry for their craftsmanship.

About The Contest

The Cheese Competition was initiated in 2015 by Jim Sharp, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Competitive Events Manager. Jim reached out to Dr. Kerry Kaylegian, Penn State dairy foods research and extension associate, for her expertise as technical cheese judge and coach of the Penn State Dairy Products Evaluation Team to develop and chair the contest. The Cheese Competition is now an annual event and exhibit at the Farm Show. The cheeses are judged in early December because of the complexities of a cheese contest and the timing with the January Farm Show. The competition is not open to spectators and the winners are kept secret until the award are announced on the opening day of the Farm Show in January.

Cheeses are entered into different categories based on the type of milk and cheese style. The cheeses are judged individually based on their own merit, not compared with other cheeses in the class. Cheeses are judged on appearance and packaging, flavor, aroma, and body and texture. Specific characteristics may also be judged, such as the veining and mold color of blue-veined cheeses or the eye development in Swiss style cheeses.

Each cheese category is evaluated by a pair of judges - one technical judge and one aesthetic judge. The judges are cheese professionals and must have an expansive knowledge of cheese manufacture and variety characteristics. The technical judge starts with a maximum score (65 points) and deducts points based on the technical aspects of the cheese compared to an "ideal cheese" in the given category. The aesthetic judge starts at zero and adds points to a maximum score (35 point) based on positive qualities of the cheese. The final score of the cheese is the combination of the technical and aesthetic scores. The 3 highest scoring cheeses receive blue, red, or white ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

The Best in Show category is chosen in a separate round of judging and represents the best cheeses overall in the contest. The first place winners in each cheese category are entered into this final round of judging. These cheeses are ranked based on the judges' preference as to which cheese is the best example of its category or has other outstanding characteristics that warrant the extra award. The 3 top ranked cheeses receive gold, silver, or bronze Best in Show medals.

Fun Facts

201520162017
Number of dairies participating2225
Number of cheese entries5370
Number of cheese classes1616
Pounds of cheese entered820887
Smallest cheese4 oz4 oz
Largest cheese200 lbs200 lbs
Number of judges46
Number of volunteers1114

Cheese Competition: 2016 Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Farm Show Cheese Competition winners!

Best in Show

  1. Seven Sisters, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  2. Kid Chego, Misty Creek Goat Dairy, Leola
  3. St. Malachi, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville

Class 1 - Cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack from Cow Milk

  1. Cheddar, Lykens Valley Creamery, Millersburg
  2. Laurel Pastures, Moo Echo Dairy, Somerset
  3. Cheddar, Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, Williamsburg

Class 2 - Flavored Cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack from Cow Milk

  1. Chili Pepper Cheddar, September Farm, Honey Brook
  2. Chipotle Cheddar, September Farm, Honey Brook
  3. Garlic and Chive Cheddar, Penn Cheese, Winfield

Class 3 - Swiss and Alpine Style from Cow Milk

  1. St. Malachi, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  2. Swiss, Fairview Swiss Cheese, Fredonia
  3. Royer Mountain, Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, Williamsburg

Class 4 - Soft Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Ricotta, Caputo Brothers Creamery, Spring Grove
  2. Georgic, Calkins Creamery, Honesdale
  3. Pressed Ricotta, Penn Cheese, Winfield

Class 6 - Surface-ripened Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Noblette, Calkins Creamery, Honesdale
  2. Dragonfly, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  3. Thistle, Valley Milkhouse, Oley

Class 7 - Semi-soft, Semi-hard, and Hard Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Seven Sisters, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  2. Red Barn, Stoudt's Wonderful Good Cheese, Adamstown
  3. Washington Crossing, Ely Farm Products, Newtown

Class 9 - Soft Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Chevre, Camelot Valley, Dover
  2. Goat Rodeo Fresh Chevre, Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park
  3. Sharp 2, Shellbark Hollow Farm, Honey Brook

Class 11 - Mold-ripened Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Cloud Nine, Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Moonlight Fog, Camelot Valley, Dover
  3. Chickabiddy, Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park

Class 12 - Open Class, Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Kid Chego, Misty Creek Goat Dairy, Leola
  2. Feta, Camelot Valley, Dover
  3. Misty Lovely, Misty Creek Goat Dairy, Leola

Class 16 - Blue-Veined

  1. Birchrun Blue, Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Bleu Cheese, Misty Creek Goat Dairy, Leola
  3. Pirate Blue, Clover Creek Cheese Cellars, Williamsburg

Class 17 - Washed Rind and Smear Ripened

  1. Red Cat, Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Bathed in Victory, The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  3. Elsa Mae, Calkins Creamery, Honesdale

Class 18 - Smoked Cheese

  1. Wood Smoked Cheddar, Lykens Valley Creamery, Millersburg
  2. Smoke Signal, Calkins Creamery, Honesdale
  3. Smoky Highland, Moo Echo Dairy, Somerset

Class 21 - Open Class, Cheese from Sheep Milk or Mixed Milk

  1. The Last Straw, Meadowset Farm, Landenberg
  2. Stampede, Goat Rodeo Farm and Dairy, Allison Park

Class 22 - Open Class, Flavored Soft Cheese from Cow or Goat Milk

  1. Holiday Chevre, Camelot Valley, Dover
  2. Eliana Pesto, Stoudt's Wonderful Good Cheese, Adamstown
  3. Sassy Bee, Shellbark Holllow Farm, Honey Brook

Class 23 - Open Class, Flavored Semi-soft, Semi-Hard and Hard Cheese from Cow or Goat Milk

  1. Tomme Mole, Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Nutcracker, Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
  3. Tully Express, Stoudt's Wonderful Good Cheese, Adamstown

Class 24 - Cottage Cheese

  1. Marburger Regular Cottage Cheese, Titusville Dairy Products Co., Titusville
  2. Lowfat Cottage Cheese, Turner Dairy, Penn Hills
  3. Marburger Lowfat Cottage Cheese, Titusville Dairy Products Co., Titusville

Cheese Competition: 2015 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the inuagural Pennsylvania Farm Show Cheese Competition!

Best in Show

  1. Seven Sisters - The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  2. Cloud Nine - Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
  3. Tomme Mole - Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs

Class 2: Cheddar, Colby and Jack from Cow Milk

  1. Homestead Heritage Cheddar - Homestead Heritage Cheese, Muncy
  2. Sharp Cheddar - September Farm Cheese, Honey Brook
  3. Sharp Cheddar - Penn Cheese, Winfield
  4. Boondocks Cheddar - God's Country Creamery, Ulysses

Class 4: Flavored Cheddar, Colby and Jack from Cow Milk

  1. Black Jack - Penn Cheese, Winfield
  2. Chives & Dill Jack - September Farm Cheese, Honey Brook
  3. Mango Fire Cheddar - September Farm Cheese, Honey Brook
  4. Homestead Heritage Pepper Jack - Homestead Heritage Cheese, Muncy

Class 5: Alpine & Swiss Style Cheese

  1. Allegheny - Hidden Hills Dairy, Everett
  2. Rindless Swiss - Fairview Swiss Cheese, Fredonia
  3. Ferdinand - Stoudts Wonderfule Good Cheese, Adamstown
  4. Rindless Swiss - Penn Cheese, Winfield
  5. Homestead Heritage Baby Swiss - Homestead Heritage Cheese, Muncy
  6. Mad Tomme - Keswick Creamery at Carock Farm, Newburg
  7. Gridley Hollow - God's Country Creamery, Ulysses

Class 6: Soft Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Creme Fraiche - Alouette Cheese, New Holland
  2. Cottage Cheese - Turner Dairy Farms, Penn Hills
  3. Georgie - Calkins Creamery, Honesdale
  4. Ricotta - Caputo Brothers Creamery, Spring Grove

Class 7: Flavored Soft Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Wasabi Cheddar - Alouette Cheese, New Holland
  2. Smoky Jalapeno - Alouette Cheese, New Holland

Class 8: Soft Ripened Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Noblette - Calkins Creamery, Honesdale
  2. Hummingbird - The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville

Class 9: Semi-soft, Semi-hard, and Hard Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Seven Sisters - The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  2. Tulpehocken - Stoudts Wonderful Good Cheese, Adamstown
  3. Buttercup - Hidden Hills Dairy, Everett
  4. Lida Gold - Calkins Creamery

Class 11: Flavored Semi-soft, Semi-hard, and Hard Cheese from Cow Milk

  1. Tomme Mole - Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Black Gold - God's Country Creamery, Ulysses

Class 12: Soft Unripened Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Chevre - Camelot Valley, Dover
  2. Sharp 2 Chevre - Shellbark Hollow Farm, West Chester

Class 13: Flavored Soft Unripened Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Fresh Garlic and Cracked Peppercorn - Giggling Goat Dairy, Perkasie
  2. Roasted Garlic Chevre - Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Elverson
  3. Sun-dried Tomato and Jalapeno - Giggling Goat Dairy, Perkasie
  4. Tomato Nest - Shellbark Hollow Farm, West Chester

Class 14: Surface Mold-ripened Cheese from Goat Milk

  1. Cloud Nine - Yellow Springs Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Moonlight Fog - Camelot Valley, Dover
  3. Sea Smoke - Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Elverson
  4. Bloomy Ash - Shellbark Hollow Farm, West Chester
  5. Frost Morning - Keswick Creamery at Carock Farm, Newburg

Class 22: Pasta Filata Cheese from All Milks

  1. LMPS Mozzarella - Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington
  2. Mild Provolone - Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington
  3. Provolone - Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington

Class 23: Feta Style from All Milks

  1. Fresh Feta - Giggling Goat Dairy, Perkasie
  2. Boltonfeta - Hidden Hills Dairy, Everett
  3. Alpha and Omega, Clover Creek Cheese Cellar, Williamsburg

Class 25: Blue-veined Cheese from All Milks

  1. Birchrun Blue - Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Blue Suede Moo - Keswick Creamery at Carock Farm, Newburg

Class 26: Washed-rind, Smear-ripened from All Milks

  1. Red Cat - Birchrun Hills Farm, Chester Springs
  2. Bathed in Victory - The Farm at Doe Run, Coatesville
  3. Farm Fromage Beer Washed - Farm Fromage, Lancaster

Class 27 - Smoked Cheese from All Milks

  1. Smoked Elderbritch - Stoudts Wonderful Good Cheese, Adamstown
  2. Smoked Goat Feta - Camelot Valley, Dover

Authors

Dairy Food Processing & Quality Dairy Food Safety Sensory Analysis of Dairy Products Dairy Foods Extension Artisanal Cheese

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