March 7, 2014
New awards promote best in Canadian cheeses
Organizers of The Great Canadian Cheese Festival have launched a new, independent competition to select the best cheeses in Canada.
According to event organizers, the Canadian Cheese Awards are intended to provide Canadian artisan cheese producers with “a definitive, high-visibility competition” that promotes “the best in cheesemaking coast-to-coast.” It’s hoped the new awards will:
milk from Canadian cows, goats, sheep or water buffalo. Qualifying cheeses cannot contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and no modified milk ingredients.
The Canadian Cheese Awards will be held every two years. The first awards ceremony will be held April 7, 2014 at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market. The awards ceremony will be followed by a cheese tasting for members of the trade and media, and later for the public. Montreal has been chosen as the venue for the 2016 awards, while Vancouver has been selected for the 2018
A limited number of tickets for the 2014 awards ceremony are expected to go on sale soon. In the meantime, you can add your name to a waitlist for tickets by signing up at www.cheeseawards.ca.
Canada already has a national awards program for cheese made from pure cow's milk. The Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, which is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada, is also held every two years. The next Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is slated for 2015.
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