Being surrounded by cheese and getting to sample it, sounds like a dream doesn’t it? Now try to imagine 25 cheeses from amateur cheesemakers from all over Canada and they need to be judged to determine the best in Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking. Doesn’t sound like too much fun now doesn’t it. This was my first time judging cheese, but I was lucky to have award-winning cheesemaker Stephanie Diamant, formerly of Fifth Town Artisan Cheese and now with Black River Cheese.
It was a great experience judging alongside this experienced cheesemaker, I was able to channel my “Cheese Fanboy/Amateur Cheesemaker”, with Stephanie’s help, into judging. I am overly critical about my cheese, so it was nice to discuss the cheeses with a professional which made me more objective. I reblogged the results earlier that were posted on CheeseLover.ca so I am only going to talk about the judging and mention the winners. Read More
I was honoured to be a part of the Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards and I am looking forward to next year’s awards June 4-5, 2016 at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival.
From left: Ian Treuer, Judge; Elis Ziegler, Best Fresh Cheese; Doreen and Pete Sullivan, Best Bloomy Rind Cheese; and Suzanne Lavoie, Best Blue Cheese. Missing John Michael Symmonds, Best Firm Cheese, and Mira Schenkel, Best Washed Rind Cheese and Best of Show. All photos by Jane Churchill. Click on any image for an enlarged view.
The eye-opener at the inaugural Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards—and the palate-shocker—was the high quality of cheese made in homes across Canada.
In appearance, aroma, texture and flavour, many of the entries were the equal of commercially made cheese. None so more than Clover, the entry that captured Best of Show honours and won the washed-rind category in the competition held in conjunction with The Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario, on the first weekend of June.
Made by Mira Schenkel of Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Clover was the clear favourite of anyone lucky enough…
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As many of you know I have been involved with the first ever Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards, that were held in Picton, Ontario June 6 & 7, 2015 at The Great Canadian Cheese Festival. I went, I saw, I was in awe of how well run the festival was and how welcoming the organizers were to me. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it for this.
It was a busy few days but it was totally worth the effort put in by everyone. Read More
It has been almost a month since I last posted something. What can I say, life has been hectic and there hasn’t been much to report on the cheese front. Well other than we are days away from the Inaugural Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards, which I will be attending (more on that later). I do have a few updates on some cheeses that are in progress.
On May 9th the League of YEG Home Cheese Makers, a growing group of Edmonton based home cheese makers, met in a spacious room at the Expo Centre at Northlands here in Edmonton. Our theme was Bloomy Rind Cheeses, or what ever a member had to share. Not only did we have a great time but we also discussed expanding membership numbers.Please note that all the pictures were taken with my phone, sorry for the quality. Read More
If you love cheese, especially Canadian Cheese, and a friend asks you if you want to try a selection of winners of the 2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix including the Grand Champion what do you do? You say yes of course!
Once again I fell into the trap of making cheese, trying it and moving on. I have issues being motivated enough to write posts for the site. I have been lax in my picture-taking, except for Instagram/Facebook. Well the time has come for me to play catch up. I want to share a cheese that has changed my mind about Blue Cheese. On December 27, 2014 I made my first proper blue cheese, it was a Stilton Style cheese. Now 3 months later it was time to open up this cheese and see if the finished product was any good.
Quick spoiler – it was. But there is more to this cheese than that. Read More