2008 World Championship Cheese Awards - Northwest Winners

World Championship Cheese ContestThis week, the World Championship Cheese Contest is being held in Madison, Wisconsin. The event is held every two years and is a gathering of cheesemakers from around the world, all competing for honors in one of 79 categories. The sheer numbers are staggering - nearly 2,000 cheeses were entered in this year's event. Given the competition, it's impressive that several Northwest representatives took honors at this year's contest. Here's a roundup: ::::   Rogue Creamery

3rd place - Blue Veined, Exterior Molding category for Rogue River Blue

3rd place - Gorgonzola style category for Oregonzola

::::    Rivers Edge Chevre

2nd place - Flavored Soft Goat's Milk Cheese category for Up in Smoke

2nd place - surface ripened Goat's Milk Cheese category for Sunset Bay

::::   Willamette Valley Cheese Co.

3rd place - Queso Fresco

1st place - Hard Mixed-Milk Cheese category for Perrydale

::::   Natural Pastures Cheese Co. (Courtenay, BC)

1st place - Brie Style category for  Comox Brie

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See Jeanne Carpenter's blog Cheese Underground for play-by-play of the action in Madison.

For a complete list of results see here. The truly devoted may view the LIVE video broadcast of the Championship Round tomorrow starting at 5AM Pacific time, where a Grand Champion and First and Second Runners Up will be announced.

[Photo courtesy SNAP]