Marieke Makes a Gouda Showing at National Cheese Contest

The world-famous cheesemakers from Marieke Gouda in Thorp came away from a competition in Titletown last month with a pair of new titles. The judges at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay chose Marieke Gouda varieties as the second- and third-best cheeses in the nation.

With a score of 98.419 out of a possible 100 points, Marieke Gouda Premium was edged out of the grand champion spot by less than two-tenths of a point by a baby Swiss created by Guggisberg Cheese of Millersburg, Ohio.

Meanwhile, Marieke Gouda Overjarige – a variety aged more than 24 months – was second runner-up with 98.39 points. “OH MY GOUDA!” the cheesemakers proclaimed on their Facebook page, where they also acknowledged that attention generated by the contest had left them flooded with more than 900 online orders – more than they typically get during the Christmas season! 

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