Monday, July 28, 2014
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State Fair announces commercial cheese winners

The California State Fair has announced the winners of the 2014 Commercial Cheese Competition.

Cheesemakers from throughout California participated in the hope of being recognized as one of the best cheesemakers in the state.

This year’s judges for the 2014 competition included: Darrell Corti, Sacramento grocer and food and wine guru; Mary Dedrick, Dedrick’s Main Street Cheese, Placerville; Lynn Devereux, Marin French Cheese and Laura Chenel Chevre; Sacha Laurin, cheesemaker/teacher, Many Moon Cheese, Davis Food Co-op; Jana Werner, Market Hall Foods; Kristi Bachman, The Cheese School; Les Wood, retired, California Department of Food and Agriculture and Andrew Hillman, owner, The Cultured and the Cured, Sacramento.

The commercial cheese scoreboard is broken down by flavor, texture, finish and color. All Best of Division and Best of Show winning cheeses will be displayed in the Save Mart Supermarket California’s Kitchen in Building B during the California State Fair which runs July 11 to 27. The following is a list of the 2014 winners:

Best of Show & Best of Division — Soft Hard Category (sheep)

Bleating Heart Cheese
Fat Bottom Girl

Best of Show & Best of Division — Semi-Soft Cheese Category (cow)
Bleating Heart Cheese
Moolicious Blue

Best of Division — Cottage Cheese Category (cow)

Crystal Creamery
Regular Cottage Cheese

Best of Division — Cultured Cheese Category (cow)
Dairy Fresh — Saputo Dairy Foods USA
Cream Fraiche

Best of Division — Soft Cheese Category (cow)
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Foggy Morning

Best of Division — Semi-Soft Cheese Category (cow)
Bleating Heart Cheese
Moolicious Blue

Best of Division — Semi-Hard Cheese Category (cow)
Fiscalini Cheese
Bandage Wrapped Cheddar

Best of Division — Hard Cheese Category (cow)
Valley Ford Cheese Company
Estero Gold Reserve

Best of Division — California Originals Category (cow)
Fiscalini Cheese
Lionza

Best of Division — Cultured Cheese Category (goat)

Redwood Hill Farm
Kefir

Best of Division — Soft Cheese Category (goat)
Laura Chenel’s Chèvre
Log

Best of Division — Semi-Soft Cheese Category (goat)
Gypsy Cheese Co.
Gypsy Rose

Best of Division — Semi-Hard Cheese Category (sheep)
Bleating Heart Cheese
Fat Bottom Girl

Best of Division — Hard Cheese Category (goat)
Pennyroyal Farm
Boont Corners Vintage

Best of Division — California Originals Category (sheep)
Bleating Heart Cheese
Funky Bleats

A complete list of this year’s results can be found at castatefair.org.

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the best of California. The best will be celebrated once again at the California State Fair at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd. in Sacramento.

Tickets to the fair start as low as $10 for adults, $6 for children, $8 for seniors and $29.99 for a season pass.

Information on tickets and special packages is available at castatefair.org or by calling 916-263-FAIR (3247).

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