Here are five sure bets for an outstanding cheese board at Christmas. They are the five highest-scoring cheeses in the final round of judging at the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards, the biggest cheese judging and competition in the land.
- Louis d’Or
- Fromagerie du Presbytère
- Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec
Louis d’Or, a superb Alpine-style cheese made by Jean Morin at Fromagerie du Presbytère, was crowned the 2018 Cheese of the Year. It was also judged Best Firm Cheese.
- Cows Creamery 3 Year Old Cheddar
- Cows Creamery
- Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Judged Best Aged Cheddar (aged more than 18 months) and Best Atlantic Canada Cheese.
- Origine de Charlevoix
- Laiterie Charlevoix
- Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec
Judged Best Mixed Rind Cheese.
- Fromagerie la Station
- Compton, Québec
Judged Best Semi-Soft Cheese.
- Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde
- Sainte-Sophie, Québec
Judged Best Blue Cheese.
The 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards program, which started in February at University of Guelph, Food Science Department, with the judging of 375 submitted cheeses, culminated June 6 with a presentation ceremony and tasting gala at historic St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.