Vermont Cheeses Take Top Awards

Vermont cheeses took the top two awards at the 2013 American Cheese Society (ACS) Competition in Madison, Wisc. last week, as well as an impressive collection of first, second, and third place ribbons in various classes. Eleven Vermont cheesemakers were awarded a total of 30 ribbons. Winnimere from The Cellars at Jasper Hill earned Best of Show and Bear Hill from Grafton Village Cheese took Second Best of Show from 1,794 entries submitted by 257 companies—the largest ACS competition to date.

“The ribbons just kept mounting up,” said Jeremy Stephenson, President of the Vermont Cheese Council. “It is a testament to the talent and dedication of our cheesemakers, and to Vermont’s unique terroir, that our tiny state was able to lead in this prestigious national competition. The fact that ribbons were awarded to both larger, well-known brands and to smaller artisan cheeses showcases Vermont’s diverse and vibrant community of cheesemakers.”

The American Cheese Society is a not-for-profit trade organization that supports the North American artisan and specialty cheese industry. A panel of 37 judges at the annual competition recognized “cheeses that are of the highest quality in their aesthetic and technical evaluation.” Vermont cheeses earned 30 ribbons at the competition, including 11 first place and the top two overall awards.

Multiple ribbons were earned by Boston Post Dairy (three), Cabot Creamery Cooperative (seven), the Cellars at Jasper Hill (six), Grafton Village Cheese Company (four), and Vermont Creamery (four). Consider Bardwell Farm, Farms for City Kids/Spring Brook Farm, Franklin Foods, Maplebrook Farm, Shelburne Farms, and Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company also took home awards.

The complete listing is below and is also available on the American Cheese Society website. Results of 2013 American Cheese Society Annual Competition Vermont Winners

Listed Alphabetically by Cheesemaker

Cellars at Jasper Hill – Winnimere
Grafton Village Cheese – Bear Hill

Boston Post Dairy
1st Place – Eleven Brothers
2nd Place – Tres Bonne
2nd Place – Smoking Goud

Cabot Creamery Cooperative
1st Place – Cabot Jalapeno 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar
1st Place – Cabot Tuscan Cheddar
1st Place – Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Cheddar
2nd Place – Cabot Vanilla Bean Greek Style Yogurt
2nd Place – Cabot 83 Unsalted Butter
3rd Place – Cabot Monterey Jack
3rd Place – Cabot Old School Cheddar

Cellars at Jasper Hill
1st Place and Best of Show – Winnimere
1st Place – Willoughby
1st Place – Cabot Clothbound Cheddar
2nd Place – Landaff from Landaff Creamery
3rd Place – Harbison

Consider Bardwell Farm
2nd Place – Rupert

Farms For City Kids Foundation/Spring Brook Farm
1st Place –Tarentaise

Franklin Foods
3rd Place – Green Mountain Farms Garlic

Grafton Village Cheese
1st Place and 2nd Place Best of Show– Bear Hill
2nd Place – Apple Pie Eweden
2nd Place – Vermont Clothbound Cheddar

Maplebrook Farm
3rd Place – Burratini

Shelburne Farms
2nd Place – Shelburne Farms 2 Year Cheddar Extra Sharp

Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery
1st Place – Cultured Butter blended with Sea Salt and Maple
1st Place – Bonne Bouche
2nd Place – Coupole
3rd Place – Mascarpone

Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company
3rd Place – Alehouse Cheddar

The Vermont Cheese Council is dedicated to the production and advancement of Vermont cheese. For more information visit or come to the Green Mountain State and visit the Vermont Cheese Trail.


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