2009 United States Cheese Championship - Northwest Winners

2009 U.S. Cheese ChampionshipThe 2009 United States Cheese Championship took place earlier this week  in Green Bay, Wisconsin (at Lambeau Field, in fact). Held every other year, this year's event attracted over 1,300 entries which were judged over the course of two days. While this contest tends to be dominated by cheesemakers from industrial sized cheese plants, artisan cheesemakers often enter the prestigious competition for the chance to be judged by the best experts in the industry. This year's buzz is all about Tumalo Farms of Bend, Oregon, which took runner up to Best in Show (that's 2nd place out of 1,300+ cheeses) for its Gouda style Goat's milk Classico - quite a feat.

Below are this year's artisan cheesemaker winners from the Pacific Northwest:

Tumalo Farms

Classico First Runner Up - Best in Show & Best in Class - Hard Goat's Milk Cheeses

Fenacho 5th place - Flavored Semi-Soft Goat's Milk Cheeses

Rivers Edge Chevre

Mayor of Nye Beach 4th place - Surface Ripened Goat's Milk Cheeses

Rogue Creamery

2nd place - Retail Packaging for Blue Wedges

Mt. Townsend Creamery

Trailhead Best of Class - Open Class Semi Soft Cheeses

For complete competition results see here. For more on the competition and the judging, see Cheese Underground.