SOURCE: Dairy Farmers of Oregon

August 31, 2010 17:17 ET

Oregon Artisan Cheese Makers Achieve National Recognition at American Cheese Society Annual 2010 Conference Competition

Oregon's Artisan, Farmstead and Specialty Cheese Makers Raise National Profile With 23 Honors in Growing Specialty, Farmstead, and Artisan Cheese Industry

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - August 31, 2010) -  Oregon artisan, farmstead, and specialty cheese makers and companies placed among the top national honors awarded during the American Cheese Society's 2010 Annual Cheese Competition, winning a total 23 ribbons, including seven first place recognitions. The honors represent the most awards ever won by Oregon cheese makers in a single national competition, according to the Oregon Cheese Guild and Dairy Farmers of Oregon. 

The awards were announced August 28, 2010 at the American Cheese Society's 27th Annual Conference held August 25-28 in Seattle, Washington. 

Winning Oregon cheese makers took honors in nine categories and 19 subcategories. Included were: Rogue Creamery, Central Point; Tillamook County Creamery Assn., Tillamook; Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Salem; Tumalo Farms, Bend; Rivers Edge Chevre, Logsden; Ochoa Cheese Factory, Albany, and; Rising Sun Farms, Phoenix.

The judging is one of the nation's larger cheese competitions and one of the more unique events in the United States. The American Cheese Society recognizes only the highest quality cheeses based on both aesthetics (flavor, aroma, and texture) and technical accomplishments. Thirty cheese specialists judged the 2010 competition, which included a record-setting 1,462 entries representing 225 processors from 34 U.S. states, Canada and Mexico.

Oregon's growth in artisan cheeses also includes the founding of the Oregon Cheese Guild in 2006 (representing cow, goat, and sheep's milk cheeses), programs offered by Oregon State University Extension Service and the Oregon Department of Agriculture's Food Innovation Center, and support by the Dairy Farmers of Oregon. 

Additional information about the American Cheese Society and its competition can be viewed at www.cheesesociety.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.

About Dairy Farmers of Oregon
Dairy Farmers of Oregon is the dba of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. The Commission works on behalf of Oregon's 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 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 dairymen and women care about their cows, their communities, and the land, air and water of Oregon. www.dairyfarmersor.com.

2010 American Cheese Competition Awards
Oregon Winners by Category & Subcategory

Soft Ripened Cheeses
Flavor Added - Spices, Herbs, Seasoning, Fruit
3rd Place: River's Edge Chévre, Sunset Bay

American Originals
Original Recipe/Open Category Made From Cow's Milk
3rd Place: Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Brindisi

Original Recipe/Open Category Made From Goat's Milk
1st Place: River's Edge Chévre, Mayor of Nye Beach

Original Recipe/Open Category Made From Sheep's Milk or Mixed Milks
1st Place: Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Perrydale

American Made/International Style
Dutch Style, All Milks (Gouda, Edam, etc.)
3rd Place: Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Farmstead Gouda

Flavor Added - Dutch Style -- Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
2nd Place: Tumalo Farms, Fenacho

Cheddars
Aged Cheddar, All Milks (Aged Between 12 and 24 Months)
3rd Place: Tillamook County Creamery Association, Yellow Extra Sharp Cheddar

Cheddar With Sweet Flavorings, Fruits, Seasonings, Herbs, Spices, Alcohol/Spirits
1st Place: Rogue Creamery, Rogue Morimoto SobaAle Cheddar

Cheddar Flavored With Sweet, Savory Jalapeno, Chipotle, Red, Green Peppers; Black, White, Green Peppercorns, Garlic, Onions
3rd Place: Tillamook County Creamery Association, Garlic Chili Pepper Cheddar

Cheddar From Cow's Milk, Aged Less Than 12 Months
2nd Place: Tillamook County Creamery Association, Yellow Sharp Cheddar
3rd Place: Tillamook County Creamery Association, White Medium Cheddar

Blue Mold Cheeses
Rindless Blue-Veined Made From Sheep's Milk
1st Place: Rogue Creamery, Echo Mountain Blue

Blue-Veined Made From Cow's Milk With a Rind or External Coating
2nd Place: Rogue Creamery, Rogue River Blue

Hispanic & Portuguese Style Cheeses
Fresh Unripened Category - Queso Blanco, Queijo Blanco, Acoreano, Quesadilla, Queso Crema, Queso Andino - All Milks
2nd Place: Ochoa Cheese Factory, Don Froylan Queso Oaxaca

Flavored Cheeses
Cheeses Flavored With Herbs, Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, Syrups - All Milks
2nd Place: Tumalo Farms, Remembrance
3rd Place: Tumalo Farms, Antigo

Cheeses Flavored With Crushed or Whole Peppercorns or Savory Spices - All Milks
1st Place: Tumalo Farms, Capricorns

Flavor Added Havarti - Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, Fruits - All Milks
1st Place: Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Horseradish Havarti

Flavor Added Monterey Jack - Made From Cow's Milk
3rd Place: Willamette Valley Cheese Co., Smoked Peppered & Chive Jack

Farmstead Cheeses
Open Category Goat's Milk Cheeses Aged Over 60 Days
3rd Place: Tumalo Farms, Classico

Fresh Unripened Cheeses
Cream Cheese with Flavor Added -- Spices, Herbs, Seasoning, Fruit - All Milks
1st Place: Rising Sun Farms, Sweet Pepper Chipotle Cheese Torta
2nd Place: Rising Sun Farms, Marionberry Cheese Torta
3rd Place: Rising Sun Farms, Artichoke Lemon Cheese Torta

Contact Information

  • Dan Cox
    Dairy Farmers of Oregon
    503-229-5033
    Email Contact

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