Mira Schenkel: Best home cheesemaker in Canada

Home cheesemaking showcased in inaugural competition

Judgement Day: Behind the scenes

Calling all home cheesemakers!

Canadian Amateur Cheesemaking Awards, the first-ever judging and competition for home cheesemakers, takes place in conjunction with the fifth anniversary Great Canadian Cheese Festival on June 6-7, 2015.

The mission is to recognize and honour the best in amateur cheesemaking and to provide encouragement and feedback to home cheesemakers.

Awards will be presented for best in each of five cheese categories with category winners in the running for Best of Show. Judging reports will be issued for each cheese entered.

  • Fresh Cheese
  • Bloomy Rind Cheese
  • Washed Rind Cheese
  • Blue Cheese
  • Firm Cheese.

Amateur Cheesemaking Awards is an annual judging and competition open to home cheesemakers in Canada who are not, nor have applied to be, licensed, either provincially or federally, to sell cheese to the public.

Entry fees and deadlines:

  • $20 for each entry registered with entry fee paid by February 28
  • $25 for each entry registered with entry fee paid between March 1 and March 31
  • $30 for each entry registered with entry paid after April 1.

Entry fee is plus tax.

It’s easy to enter the inaugural competition, once you have decided which of your cheeses you will enter in what categories.

That’s all there is to it!

You’ll receive shipping instructions once the entry fees have been paid and the entries accepted. You will need to ship or deliver cheese to arrive at the judging venue in Picton, Ontario, on June 4, 5 and 6. Judging takes place Saturday, June 6, with winners named and awards presented Sunday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Centre Banquet Hall across the parking lot from the Festival's Taste Ontario Pavilion. All entered cheeses will be available for tasting at the awards presentation.

Ian Treuer is Competition Co-ordinator. He blogs about his adventures as a home cheesemaker at Much To Do About Cheese.

Jackie Armet, the Festival’s Cheese Co-ordinator, who also serves as Cheese Co-ordinator for Canadian Cheese Awards/Le Concours des fromages fins canadiens, oversees the new competition.

The first-ever amateur cheesemaking competition takes place June 6-7 in conjunction with the fifth anniversary Great Canadian Cheese Festival in Picton, Ontario, two hours east of Toronto, three hours north of Syracuse, New York, four hours from Montréal.

Photos by Ian Treuer/Much To Do About Cheese.