Hey industry cheese-types! Going to ACS? Let me know – I’ll be there!
In the span of a year, it’s no contest to say where the best cheeses in the U.S. will be.
They’ll be in Wisconsin, if only for a few days.
The American Cheese Society’s contest this week is one of three that will be in the state within a year. All are the major contests in the U.S.
The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association hosts the other two — the World Championship Cheese Contest in even-numbered years at Monona Terrace, the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest in Green Bay in odd-numbered years.
The contests differ in their approach.
“Our contest dates to the days of cheese grading, so it’s all technical,” said John Umhoefer, executive director of the WCMA. “We assume a cheese is perfect, then we look for defects. It’s kind of like a figure skating competition.”