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Winners Announced In Canada’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Cheese Contest

Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Winners in the 2014 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Cheese Contest were announced here this week.

In the Cheddar category, both the Grand Champion Cheddar Award and Silver Trier Award went to Josee Monast of Parmalat Canada-Winchester.

Judges for this category were Mario Dextraze, Barry Reid and Kevin Durkee. Winners included:

Extra Mature Cheddar
First place: Fromagerie Perron, St-Prime, Quebec, Le Doyen, 98.25
Second: Thierry Martin, Agropur Dairy, St-Hubert, Quebec, 98.20
Third place: Societe Cooperative Agricole de I’lle-aux-Grues, Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec, 98.05

Mature Cheddar
First: Mark Erwin, Empire Cheese, Campbellford, Ontario, 98.20
Second: Wayne Lain, Maple Dale Cheese, Plainfield, Ontario, 98.20
Third: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada, Winchester, Ontario, 98.10

Medium Cheddar

First place: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada-Winchester, 98.25
Second: Mark Erwin, Empire 98.20
Third place: Thierry Martin, Agrour Dairy, 98.20

Mild Cheddar
First place: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada-Winchester, 98.35
Second place: Thierry Martin, Agropur Dairy, 98.30
Third place: Mark Erwin, Empire Cheese, 98.20

Extra Mild Cheddar
First place: Thierry Martin, Agropur Dairy, 98.15
Second place: Mark Erwin, Empire Cheese, 98.10
Third place: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada-Winchester, 98.10

Marble Cheddar

First place: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada-Winchester, 98.20
Second: Mark Erwin, Empire, 98.10
Third place: Wayne Lain, Maple Dale Cheese, 98.05

Stilton Shaped Cheddar
First place: Thierry Martin, Agropur, 98.20
Second place: Josee Monast, Parmalat Canada-Winchester, 98.15
Third place: Wayne Lain, Maple Dale Cheese, 97.95.

VARIETY CHEESE CATEGORY

In the Variety Cheese category, the Grand Champion title went to Fromagerie du Presbytere of Ste-Elizabeth-de-Warwick, Quebec for its Louis d’or washed rind entry.

Adam Van Bergeijk of New Hamburg, Ontario took Reserve Champion honors for his 18-month Farmstead Gouda.

Art Hill, Mario Dextraze, Gilles Sabourin and Kevin Durkee served as judges for the Variety Cheese category. Winners include:

Hard Cheese
First: Tiras Dairies, Inc., Camrose, Alberta, Saganaki Cheese, 97.00
Second place: Adam Van Bergeikj, 2 Year Farmstead Gouda, 96.45
Third place: Silani, Woodbridge, Ontario, Parmesan, 96.20

Pasta Filata
First place: Quality Cheese, Inc., Vaughan, Ontario, 96.40
Second place: Quality Cheese, 96.35
Third place: Arla Foods, Inc., Concord, Ontario, 96.30

Firm Cheese
First place: Empire Cheese, 96.55
Second place: Black River Cheese, Milford, Ontario, Brick, 96.40
Third place: Pamela Arriagada, St-Hubert, Quebec, 96.25

Interior Ripened

First place: Fromagerie du Presbytere, Louis d’or, 98.10
Second: Adam Van Bergeijk, 18-Month Farmstead Gouda, 97.45
Third place: Pine River Cheese, Ripley, Ontario, Asiago, 97.15

Surface Ripened
First place: Socete Cooperative Agricole, Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec, Mi-careme, 96.80
Second place: Pamela Arriagada, St-hubert, Quebec, OKA Classique, 96.45
Third: Pamela Arriagada, 96.40

Mold Ripened
First place: Pamela Arriagada, Rondoux Double Creme, 96.80
Second place: Fromagerie du Presbytere, Laliberte, 96.75
Third place: Pamela Arriagada, Brie Notre-Dame, 96.70

Unflavored Fresh Cheese
First place: Silani, Woodbridge, Ontario, Mascarpone, 96.80
Second place: Tiras Dairies, Inc., Camrose, Alberta, Quark, 96.60
Third place: Silani, Ricotta, 96.55

Blue Veined
First: Arla Foods, Concord, 96.95
Second place: Fromagerie du Presbytere, Bleu d’Elizabeth, 96.80
Third: Quality Cheese, 96.50

Swiss, Emmenthal

First place: Pamela Arriagada, OKA L’Artisan, 96.60
Second place: Fromagerie Perron, St-Prime, Quebec, Le suisse, 96.40
Third place: Organic Meadow, Inc., Guelph, Ontario, Swiss, 96.20

Flavored Cheese
First: Pamela Arriagada, 96.90
Second: Empire Cheese, 96.85
Third: Parmalat Canada, 96.85

Open Class
First: Parmalat Canada, , 96.85
Second: Pamela Arriagada,r, 96.75
Third place: Local Dairy, 96.70

Feta
First: Parmalat Canada, 96.80
Second place: Arla Foods, 96.70
Third place: Bright Cheese & Butter, Bright, Ontario, 96.40.

GOAT & SHEEP MILK CATEGORY
In this category, first place honors went to Fromagerie du Presbytere for its Pionnier washed rind, mixed milk cheese. Mariposa Dairy of Mississauga, Ontario, was the Reserve Champion with its Lindsay Bandaged Goat cheese.
Gilles Sabourin, Art Hill and Kevin Durkee served as category judges.

Winners were:

Firm Cheeses
First place: Mariposa Dairy, 96.60
Second place: Black River Cheese, Milford, Ontario, 96.50
Third: Pamela Arriagada, 96.40

Interior Ripened
First place: Woolwich, Orangeville, Goat Feta, 96.50
Second: Oldfield’s Dairy, 96.10

Surface Ripened
First place: Woolwich, Crooked Wheel, 96.50
Second: Pamela Arriagada, 96.35
Third place: Upper Canada Cheese Company, 96.10

Mold Ripened
First place: Quality Cheese, Ashely, 96.40
Second place: Woolwich, Triple Creme Goat Brie, 95.95
Third place: Pamela Arriagada, La Buchette L’Original, 95.80

Unflavored Fresh
First place: Pamela Arriagada, Chevre des Alpes Plain, 96.40
Second place: Mariposa Dairy, Celebrity International Original
Third place: Woolwich, Chevrai Original, 96.20

Flavored Fresh
First place: Woolwich, Chevrai Lemon & Lime, 96.45
Second place: Woolwich, Chevrai Sriracha, 96.40
Third place: Oldfield’s Dairy, Chives, 96.35
Blue Veined Cheese
First: Carpe Diem Artisan Cheese, Uxbridge, Ontario, Durham Raw Sheep Milk Cheese, 95.80

Flavored Cheese
First place: Blyth Farm Cheese, Blyth, Ontario, Smoked, 96.10
Second place: Blythe Farm Cheese, Nettle Blyth, 96.00
Third place: Blythe Farm Cheese, Tipsy Billy, 95.90

New Mixed Milk Cheese
First place: Fromagerie du Presbytere, Pionnier, 96.90
Second place: Quality Cheese, Buffalo Mozzarella, 96.30
Third place: Woolwich, Fresh Chevre Coco Loco, 96.25

Sheep’s Milk Cheese
First place: Mariposa Dairy, Tania Sheep, 96.50
Second place: Carpe Diem Artisan Cheese, John Rowland Farmstead Raw Sheep, 96.10

BUTTER CATEGORY
In the Butter category, first place honors went to Parmalat Canada-Winchester for its Salted, Five Prints Butter. The Stirling Creamery Ltd. of Stirling, Ontario, was this year’s Reserve Champion for its European Style 84 Salted Butter entry.
Mario Dextraze and Barry Reid served as judges. First, second and third place winners are as follows:

Salted, Five Prints
First place: Parmalat Canada, 98.30
Second place: Stirling Creamery, 98.20
Third place: Gay Lea Foods, Guelph, Ontario, 98.10

Unsalted, Five Prints
First place: Fromagerie L’Ancetre, Inc., Becancour, Quebec, Organic Unsalted Butter, 98.20