Cheese and butter finalists for 2020 named by The Royal

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Cheese and butter from across Canada have been sampled and evaluated, scores have been tabulated and, now, the finalists in the 2020 Cheese & Butter Competition at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair can be announced.

A jury of expert judges sampled and scored the 164 entries received from producers in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta on the basis of appearance, aroma, flavour and texture, with flavour being the key element.

Here are the finalists in the Cheddar Cheese Section which attracted 35 entries:

Mild Cheddar – up to 3 months

Medium Cheddar – 4 to 9 months

Extra Old Cheddar – 12 to 24 months

  • COWS CREAMERY Aged 1 Year Cheddar Cheese
  • COWS Inc.
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • COWS CREAMERY Extra Old Cheddar
  • COWS Inc.
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Maple Dale Naturally Aged Old Cheddar Cheese
  • Maple Dale Cheese
  • Plainfield, Ontario

Aged Cheddar – 2 years and older

  • Balderson 3 Year Old Cheddar
  • Lactalis Canada
  • Winchester, Ontario
  • COWS CREAMERY Aged 2 Years Cheddar Cheese
  • COWS Inc.
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Maple Dale Naturally Aged Extra Old Cheddar Cheese
  • Maple Dale Cheese
  • Plainfield, Ontario

Cheddar – goat, sheep, water buffalo

Here are the finalists in the Variety Cheese (Cow milk) Section which attracted 72 entries:

Fresh Unripened Cheese – Natural

Fresh Pasta Filata

Cheese with Grilling Properties

Soft Cheese with Bloomy Rind

Soft Cheese with Bloomy Rind – Triple Crème

  • Albert’s Leap Bel Haven Triple Crème Brie Cheese
  • Quality Cheese
  • Woodbridge, Ontario

Soft Cheese – Mixed or Washed Rind

Semi-soft Interior Ripened

Semi-Soft Surface Ripened

Firm and Hard – Interior Ripened

Firm and Hard – Surface Ripened

Brine Cured

Blue Cheese

Flavoured Cheese (except smoked)

Flavoured Cheese (except smoked) with added particulate

Flavoured Cheese – Smoked

Here are the finalists in the Variety Cheese (Goat, Sheep, Water Buffalo and Mixed Milk) Section which attracted 30 entries:=

Fresh Unripened Cheese – Natural

Fresh Unripened Cheese – Flavoured

  • Celebrity Blueberry Vanilla Goat’s Milk Cheese
  • Mariposa Dairy
  • Lindsay, Ontario
  • Celebrity Garlic & Herb Goat’s Milk Cheese
  • Mariposa Dairy
  • Lindsay, Ontario
  • Italian Garlic Blend Artisan Chèvre
  • Cross Wind Farm
  • Keene, Ontario

Pasta Filata (fresh and ripened)

Soft Bloomy Rind

  • Albert’s Leap Bishop Matre Goat Brie
  • Quality Cheese
  • Woodbridge, Ontario

Interior Ripened (except cheddars)

Surface Ripened (washed, natural or brushed rinds)

Flavoured Cheese

Here are the finalists in the Butter and Ghee Section which attracted 27 entries:

Butter Unsalted

Butter Salted

Butter Cultured

  • Lactantia My Country Unsalted Cultured Butter
  • Parmalat Canada
  • Victoriaville, Quebec

Butter Grass Fed or Organic (salted or unsalted)

Butter (flavoured with fruit, vegetable or relish) minimum 75% milk fat

Ghee (natural or flavoured)

Winners in each class and the grand champions—the best of the best—will be announced November 10-14 during The Royal Agricultural Virtual Experience on a new, completely free digital platform accessible by all 24-7. Free registration is required and now is open at http://www.royalfair.org/virtual

Finalists are listed alphabetically by product name in each class. Please note that there was a minimum score to place 1st, 2nd and 3rd. In some cases, if you do not see three finalists, it was either the minimum score was not reached or there were not enough entries.

About The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair:

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the world’s largest combined indoor agricultural and equestrian show. Now in its 98th year, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has gone digital and will run November 10-14 at http://www.royalfair.org/virtual

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