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Cheese Grand Prix winners announced

At a gala reception in honour of Canadian cheeses, the Dairy Farmers of Canada celebrated the winners of its ninth Canadian Cheese Grand Prix


Toronto – Some of Canada’s best cheeses were celebrated on April 22 at a gala in their honour.

Pictured from left to right are: Reint-Jan Dykstra, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC);  Caroline Émond, executive director of the DFC, and Wally Smith, president of the DFC with Jean Morin from the Fromagerie du Presbytère (QC), whose Laliberté cheese was named Grand Champion  at a gala event in Toronto on April 22.

Pictured from left to right are: Reint-Jan Dykstra, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC); Caroline Émond, executive director of the DFC, and Wally Smith, president of the DFC with Jean Morin from the Fromagerie du Presbytère (QC), whose Laliberté cheese was named Grand Champion at a gala event in Toronto on April 22.

The event was the ninth Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Gala of Champions, where the Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) announced that Fromagerie du Presbytère’s Laliberté picked up the coveted Grand Champion title.

Fromagerie du Presbytère had entered its Laliberté in the cream-enriched soft cheese with bloomy rind category. The panel of judges selected Laliberté from 27 impressive category winners.

The DFC sponsors and hosts the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix is every two years. The event celebrates Canadian cheeses made with 100 per cent Canadian milk.

Fromagerie du Presbytère’s says its cheese Laliberté is named after Alfred Laliberté, the famous sculptor born in St. Elizabeth de Warwick, Que. The cheese took a year and a half to develop and is made with 100 per cent Canadian cow’s milk.

Fromagerie du Presbytère manufactures, distributes and retails specialty cheeses. The company’s Louis d’Or was named Grand Champion at the 2011 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix and the fromagerie has won

Laliberté, the Grand Champion cheese.

Laliberté, the Grand Champion cheese.

numerous other national and provincial awards.

The Grand Champion and 27 category winners were selected from a record-setting 268 cheese entries submitted by cheese makers from P.E.I. to B.C. In February, the judges narrowed the entries down to 81 finalists.

The DFC says Canada’s cheese industry has evolved to the point that new types of cheeses are continually being added to the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

This year, nine new categories were added to the competition, including three individual Gouda categories based on cheese age and a stand-alone category for Smoked Cheese.

Jury members tasted, touched and smelled each cheese, evaluating them for appearance, flavour, colour, texture and body, and salt content before determining the winners.

1. Fresh Cheese Ricotta / Bella Casara, Quality Cheese Inc., Ont.
2. Fresh Pasta Filata Cherry Bocconcini, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, B.C.
3. Fresh Cheese with Grilling Properties Le Paillasson de l’isle d’Orléans, Les Fromages de l’isle d’Orléans, Que.
4. Soft Cheese with Bloomy Rind Comox Brie, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, B.C.
5. Cream-Enriched Soft Cheese with Bloomy Rind Laliberté, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Que.
6. Semi-Soft Cheese Fleur de Weedon, Fromagerie P’tit Plaisir, Que.
7. Washed- or Mixed-Rind Soft Cheese L’Origine de Charlevoix, Laiterie Charlevoix Inc., Que.
8. Washed- or Mixed-Rind Semi-Soft Cheese Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., Que.
9. Washed- or Mixed-Rind Firm Cheese Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, Que.
10. Firm Cheese (except Cheddar and Gouda) Heidi, The Farm House Natural Cheeses, B.C.
11. Swiss-Type Cheese Louis d’Or, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Que.
12. Mozzarella (Ball, Brick or Cylinder) or Pasta Filata Oaxaca, Local Dairy Products, Ont.
13. Brine-Ripened Cheese Feta Cheese, Tiras Dairies Inc., Alta.
14. Gouda (Aged 1 to 6 months) Gouda Medium, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., Alta.
15. Aged Gouda Gouda Aged, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., Alta.
16. Extra Aged Gouda Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Gold, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., Ont.
17. Blue Cheese Le Bleu d’Élizabeth, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Que.
18. Flavoured Cheese with Added Non-Particulate Flavouring (except smoked cheese) Griffon Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., Que.
19. Smoked Cheese Gouda Smoked Natural Cheese, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., Alta.
20. Flavoured Cheese with Added Particulate Solids and Flavouring Pepper Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., Que.
21. Mild Cheddar (Aged 3 Months) L’Ancêtre Organic Mild Cheddar, Fromagerie L’Ancêtre Inc., Que.
22. Medium Cheddar (Aged 4 to 9 Months) L’Ancêtre Organic Medium Cheddar, Fromagerie L’Ancêtre Inc., Que.
23. Old Cheddar (Aged from 9 Months to a Year) Traditional Clothbound Cheddar (9 to 12 months), The Farm House Natural Cheeses, B.C.
24. Aged Cheddar (1 to 3 Years) Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, P.E.I.
25. Aged Cheddar (More than 3 Years) Extra OLD CHEDDAR 5 YEARS, St-Albert Cheese Cooperative Inc., Ont.
26. Farmhouse Cheese Handeck, Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., Ont.
27. Organic Cheese Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, Que.

 


Deanna Rosolen

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