SOURCE: Oregon Dairy Products Commission

March 26, 2010 16:34 ET

Oregon Cheese Makers Place Among Top National Competitors at the 2010 World Championship Cheese Contest

Some of the Best International Cheese Can Be Found Right Here in Oregon

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) -  An international panel of expert judges recognized four Oregon cheeses from more than 2,300 entries from 20 countries at the World Championship Cheese Contest. Directed by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, the competition was held March 16-18 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Medal winning Oregon cheese makers included: Rivers Edge Chevre, Rogue Creamery, Tillamook County Creamery Association and Tumalo Farms. Other top contenders included Larsen's Creamery, and Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

Oregon artisan cheese makers have increasingly gained national and international recognition in recent years. Oregon's World Cheese Championship Contest recognitions follow several awards at the August 2009 American Cheese Society Conference and Competition. There, Oregon cheeses garnered 18 honors, including Best of Show for Rogue Creamery's Rogue River Blue.

The World Championship Cheese Contest is the largest international cheese and butter competition. Each entry is evaluated and scored on aesthetics and technical merits. The top scorers represent the ideal example of a variety and are awarded gold, silver and bronze medals. For complete results on all 79 entry classes as well as contest photos, visit www.worldchampioncheese.org.

About the Oregon Cheese Guild
Founded in 2006, the Oregon Cheese Guild is dedicated to the art and craft of making cheese. The Guild is a collaborative effort to help cheese makers network, create educational opportunities and benefit from participating in economies of scale. The Guild is committed to growing its loyal base of artisan cheese lovers by educating consumers on high-quality handmade, farmstead and specialty cheeses. Membership is limited to farmstead, artisan and commercial cheese makers. www.oregoncheeseguild.org.

Oregon Dairy Products Commission
The Oregon Dairy Products Commission works on behalf of 300 dairy farm families who, with the help of 115,000 dairy cows and 20 Oregon dairy processors, provide award-winning cheeses, milk, butter, and an extensive line of premium ice cream, sour cream and yogurt. Milk is the official state beverage of Oregon, and Oregon milk is recognized nationwide as a leader in the United States for milk quality. The Oregon dairy industry is a community-conscious, caring business that contributes more than $1 billion to Oregon's economic well being each year. Oregon dairy producers care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. www.dairyfarmersor.com.

2010 World Championship Cheese Contest Awards

Oregon Winners by Class

Cheddar, 'Medium'
1st Place: Tillamook County Creamery, Cheddar Medium Yellow

Blue Veined, Exterior Molding
2nd Place: Rogue Creamery, Caveman Blue

Flavored Soft Goat's Milk Cheese
3rd Place: Rivers Edge Chevre, Up in Smoke

Hard Goat's Milk Cheeses
3rd Place: Tumalo Farms, Classico

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Dan Cox
    for Oregon Dairy Products Commission
    503-229-5033
    Email Contact

    Francis Plowman
    for Oregon Cheese Guild
    c/o Rogue Creamery
    541-665-1155 x123
    Email Contact