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Licensed producers who use pure milk of Canadian cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo to make cheese are invited to enter

Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens is open to cheese produced in Canada using the pure milk of Canadian cows, goats, sheep and water buffalo—with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and no modified milk ingredients. Open to licensed producers, federal or provincial. Held every two years, Toronto in 2014, Montreal in 2016, Vancouver in 2018, and onward in rotation.

The new and independent competition to select the best cheeses in Canada is organized by The Great Canadian Cheese Festival as a service to the cheese industry and as a guide for consumers.

With free-trade deals looming in Europe as well as the Pacific, more than ever before, Canada and its artisan cheese producers need a definitive, high-visibility competition to promote the best in cheesemaking coast to coast—covering all milks.

For the 2016 competition, judging on technical aspects and aesthetics takes place February 18 and 19 at University of Guelph, Department of Food Science, with evaluation of cheese headed by Dr. Arthur Hill, Chair and Professor, Food Science.

The Awards Ceremony takes place April 14 in Montreal at Time Supper Club near Palais de Congrès. where SIAL Canada: International Food & Beverage Tradeshow takes place.  The presentation of winners will be followed by an Awards Tasting Gala open to trade and media, then to the public.

The Grand Champion—promoted as Canadian Cheese of the Year—receives a prize of $5,000 to support a marketing campaign to exploit being named the best cheese in Canada. Champions in each cheese category and provincial or regional champions will also be selected.

The inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens in 2014, with Loblaw Companies as Marquee Sponsor, was the biggest cheese competition in Canada with 76 producers from Newfoundland to British Columbia submitting 291 cheeses for judging.

The mission of Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens is to

  • promote the best in Canadian cheese in all milks,
  • create a recognized symbol of excellence for all Canadian cheese,
  • offer expert feedback to producers who submit entries by providing them with evaluation reports prepared by the judges.

If you have a question or a comment, click here to e-mail the Awards Chairman or telephone 905.837.0102.