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   Louis d’Or: Canadian Cheese Of The Year
by Canadian Cheese Awards
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 3:48PM EDT

Louis d’Or, an outstanding Alpine-style cheese made by Jean Morin of Fromagerie du Presbytère in Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec, was named the 2018 Cheese of the Year in the biennial Canadian Cheese Awards, the biggest cheese judging and competition in the country.

The 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards program, which started at University of Guelph, Food Science Department, with the judging of 375 submitted cheeses, culminated Wednesday evening, June 6, with a presentation ceremony and tasting gala at historic St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.

Loblaw Companies is Marque Sponsor of Awards while Dairy Farmers of Canada is Principal Partner, Cow Milk Cheese.

Complete list of winners by categories:

CHEESE OF THE YEAR

FROMAGE D’EXCEPTION

  • Louis d'Or - Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec

 

BEST FRESH CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE FRAIS

  • Ricotta - Ferrante Cheese, Woodbridge, Ontario

 

BEST FRESH PASTA FILATA CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À PÂTE FILÉE

  • Zerto Fresh Mozzarella - Quality Cheese, Vaughan, Ontario

 


BEST SEMI-SOFT CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À PÂTE  SEMI-FILÉE

  • Comtomme - Fromagerie la Station, Compton, Québec


BEST FETA/CHEESE IN BRINE

MEILLEUR FETA/FROMAGE EN SAUMURE

  • Krinos Traditional Feta – Krinos, Vaughan, Ontario

 

BEST FETA/CHEESE IN BRINE

MEILLEUR FETA/FROMAGE EN SAUMURE

—Private Brands Division—

  • PC Feta Regular - Loblaw Companies, Brampton, Ontario

 

BEST FIRM CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À PÂTE FERME

  • Louis d'Or - Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec

 

BEST FIRM CHEESE WITH HOLES (Swiss-style)

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À PÂTE FERME AVEC OUVERTURES

  • Swiss Gouda - That Dutchman's Cheese Farm, Upper Economy, Nova Scotia

 

BEST WASHED RIND CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À CROÛTE LAVÉE

  • Le Bocké - La Fromagerie Champêtre, Repentigny, Québec

 

BEST MIXED RIND CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À CROÛTE MIXTE

  • Origine de Charlevoix - Laiterie Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec

BEST MIXED RIND CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À CROÛTE MIXTE

—Private Brands Division—

  • PC Belle Riviere Cheese - Loblaw Companies, Brampton, Ontario

 

BEST BLOOMY RIND CHEESE

MEILLEUR PÂTE MOLLE À CROÛTE FLEURIE

  • Laliberté - Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec

 

BEST BLOOMY RIND CHEESE

MEILLEUR PÂTE MOLLE À CROÛTE FLEURIE

—Private Brands Division—

  • PC Camembert - Loblaw Companies, Brampton, Ontario

 

BEST LACTIC RIPENED CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE LACTIQUE À CROÛTE FLEURIE

  • Neufchatel - Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

 

BEST MILD & MEDIUM CHEDDAR

(aged up to 9 months)

MEILLEUR CHEDDAR DOUX & MOYEN

(maximum de 9 mois d’affinage)

  • Dairy Isle Medium - Amalgamated Dairies, Summerside, Prince Edward Island

 

BEST OLD CHEDDAR

(aged from 9 to 18 months)

MEILLEUR CHEDDAR FORT

(entre 9 et 18 mois d’affinage)

  • Dairy Isle Old - Amalgamated Dairies, Summerside, Prince Edward Island

 

BEST AGED CHEDDAR

(aged more than 18 months)

MEILLEUR CHEDDAR VIEILLI

(plus de 18 mois d’affinage)

  • Cows Creamery 3 Year Old Cheddar - Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 

 

BEST GOUDA CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE GOUDA

  • Mild Gouda - That Dutchman's Cheese Farm, Upper Economy, Nova Scotia


BEST BLUE CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À PÂTE PERSILLÉE

  • Rassembleu - Les Fromagiers de la Table Ronde, Sainte-Sophie, Québec

 

BEST FLAVOURED CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE AROMATISÉ

  • Raclette de Compton au Poivre - Fromagerie la Station, Compton, Québec

 

BEST FLAVOURED FRESH CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE FRAIS AROMATISÉS

  • Chevrai Roasted Garlic Soft Fresh Goat Cheese - Woolwich Dairy, Orangeville, Ontario

 

BEST FLAVOURED FRESH CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE FRAIS AROMATISÉS

—Private Brands Division—

  • PC Fresh Goat Peppercorn - Loblaw Companies, Brampton, Ontario


BEST SMOKED CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE FUMÉ

  • Appletree Smoked Cheddar - Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 

 

BEST GRILLING CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE À GRILLER

  • Queso Fresco – Sabana, Oakville, Ontario

 

BEST COW’S MILK CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE VACHE

  • Cows Creamery 3 Year Old Cheddar - Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 
     

BEST GOAT’S MILK CHEESE/MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE CHÈVRE

  • Tomme Haut Richelieu - Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser, Noyan, Québec

 

BEST SHEEP’S MILK CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BREBIS

  • Madelaine - Fromagerie Nouvelle France, Racine, Québec

 

BEST WATER BUFFALO MILK CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT DE BUFFLONNE

  • Fuoco - Fromagerie Fuoco, St. Lin-Laurentides, Québec

 

BEST BLENDED-MILK CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT MIXTE

  • Pionnier - Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec, and Fromagerie Nouvelle France, Racine, Québec


BEST FARMSTEAD CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE FERMIER

  • Figaro - Glengarry Fine Cheese, Lancaster, Ontario

 

BEST ORGANIC CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE BIOLOGIQUE

  • Alfred le Fermier 18 mois -Fromagerie la Station, Compton, Québec

 

BEST RAW-MILK CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LAIT CRU

  • Louis d'or vieilli 2 ans - Fromagerie du Presbytère, Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, Québec

 

BEST NEW CHEESE

(Introduced to market during 2017)

MEILLEUR NOUVEAU FROMAGE

(Mis en marché en 2017)

  • Mountainoak Farmstead 3 Year Old - Mountainoak Cheese, New Hamburg, Ontario

 

BEST B.C. CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE LA COLOMBIE BRITANNIQUE

  • Neufchatel - Golden Ears Cheesecrafters, Maple Ridge, British Columbia

 

BEST WEST CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE L'OUEST

(Alberta, Saskatchewan et Manitoba)

  • Bothwell Cheddar White - Bothwell Cheese, New Bothwell, Manitoba
     

BEST ONTARIO CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DE L’ONTARIO

  • Zerto Fresh Mozzarella - Quality Cheese, Vaughan, Ontario        
     

BEST QUEBEC CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DU QUÉBEC

  • Le 1608 - Laiterie Charlevoix, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec

 

BEST ATLANTIC CANADA CHEESE

MEILLEUR FROMAGE DES PROVINCES ATLANTIQUES

  • Cows Creamery 3 Year Old Cheddar - Cows Creamery, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

 

Biggest cheese competition in Canada

Judging by a jury of 14 cheese experts took place at University of Guelph, Department of Food Science. A total of 117 finalists were selected from the 375 cheeses entered by producers from Newfoundland to British Columbia.

The 2018 Canadian Cheese of the Year and champions in 33 categories were announced at the Awards Ceremony on June 6 at St. Lawrence Market in Toronto followed by an Awards Tasting Gala. The next day, winners will be featured at Canadian Cheese Expo for the trade followed by Canada’s first Artisan Cheese Night Market open to the public.

Fifty-six of the 117 nominations went to 22 Québec cheese producers led by Fromagerie La Station, 7 finalists, Laterie Charlevoix, 6, and Fromagerie du Presbystere, 5.

Sixty-one of the 117 nominations went to 23 producers in English-Canada, led by Cows, 12 finalists, Glengarry Fine Cheese, 5, and Amalgamated Dairies, Cross Wind Farm and Mountainoak Cheese, 4 each.

Canadian Cheese Awards is the only pan-Canadian cheese competition open to all milks used in cheesemaking—cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo—with only pure natural cheese accepted for judging. That means no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and no modified milk ingredients.

"We aim to honour and celebrate 100% pure natural cheese that has achieved technical excellence and exhibits the highest aesthetic qualities," says Georgs Kolesnikovs, Awards Chairman.

The biennial Canadian Cheese Awards is produced by Cheese Lover Productions with the support of Loblaw Companies as Marquee Sponsor and Dairy Farmers of Canada as Principal Partner, Cow Milk Cheese.

The Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario, is on hiatus in 2018 to allow resources to be devoted to the launch of Artisan Cheese Night Market and related events.

Source: Canadian Cheese Awards


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