The American Cheese Society is the premier guild of cheese makers, we have won many awards from their annual competition. We entered the farmstead division this year because that is the heart of the show, and is where the most heated battles occur. The judging is point-based on technical and aesthetic attributes, and if the total value of the points awarded to the highest placed cheese does not reach the 90th percentile, then the next best cheese in that class will be awarded second prize. So it’s a serious event. The US and world championships are larger, but the ACS is top shelf.
We won gold at the US show for a goat cheese 2005, but the blue we got at the ACS in 2006 meant more. ACS allows for more creativity then the other shows and attracts more artisans, the other shows attract more dairy companies. We only sent two chesses (Telford Tomme and Keystone Classic) this time in Farmstead under 90 days and farmstead over 90 days. In 2006 we came in 2nd in both. Next year we’ll do better.
Hendricks Farms and Dairy Keystone Classic