Cheesy musings

Canadian Cheese Grand Prix: The winners

Two out of the eight cheeses I tried won in their categories, of which I’m ridiculously proud, even though my choices were completely based on availability and nothing more. Stillll.

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Here is the full list of winners from the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix:

  • Fresh cheese: Bella Casara Ricotta, Quality Cheese Inc., ON (one of my picks)
  • Fresh pasta filata: Cherry Bocconcini, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC
  • Fresh cheese with grilling properties: Le Paillasson de l’isle d’Orléans, Les Fromages de l’isle d’Orléans, QC
  • Soft cheese with bloomy rind: Comox Brie, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC
  • Cream-enriched soft cheese with bloomy rind: Laliberté, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC
  • Semi-soft cheese: Fleur de Weedon, Fromagerie P’tit Plaisir, QC
  • Washed- or mixed-rind soft cheese: L’Origine de Charlevoix, Laiterie Charlevoix Inc., QC
  • Washed- or mixed-rind semi-soft cheese: Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Washed- or mixed-rind firm cheese: Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, QC
  • Firm cheese (except cheddar and gouda): Heidi, The Farm House Natural Cheeses, BC
  • Swiss type cheese: Louis D’or, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC
  • Mozzarella (ball, brick or cyclinder) or pasta filata: Oaxaca, Local Dairy Products, ON
  • Brine-ripened cheese: Feta Cheese, Tiras Dairies Inc., AB
  • Gouda (aged 1 to 6 months): Gouda Medium, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Aged gouda: Gouda Aged, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Extra aged gouda: Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Gold, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Blue cheese: Le Bleu d’Élizabeth, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC
  • Flavoured cheese with added non-particulate flavouring (except smoked cheese): Griffon Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Smoked cheese: Gouda Smoked Natural Cheese, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Flavoured cheese with added particulate solids and flavouring: Pepper Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Mild cheddar (aged 3 months): L’Ancêtre Organic Mild Cheddar, Fromagerie L’Ancêtre Inc., QC
  • Medium cheddar (aged 4 to 9 months): L’Ancêtre Organic Medium Cheddar, Fromagerie L’Ancêtre Inc., QC
  • Old cheddar (aged from 9 months to a year): Traditional Clothbound Cheddar 9 to 12 months, The Farm House Natural Cheeses, BC
  • Aged cheddar (1 to 3 years): Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, PE
  • Aged cheddar (more than 3 years): Extra Old Cheddar 5 Years, St-Albert Cheese Cooperative Inc., ON (one of my picks!)
  • Farmhouse cheese: Handeck, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Organic cheese: Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, QC
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