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Chapel Hill Creamery judged big cheeses of the fair

Posted October 10, 2011

Chapel Hill Creamery took top honors in the first-ever N.C. State Fair Cheese Competition.

The dairy’s Calavander asiago cheese won Best of North Carolina and Best of Show, in addition to winning a gold medal for best hard cheese. Chapel Hill Creamery also won gold medals in the Swiss Styles, Mozzarella, Flavored Soft Cheese and Semi-Soft Cheese categories.

Judging took place Oct. 6. A team of four judges rated the cheeses on technical and aesthetic merits using the American Cheese Society’s point system: gold medal, 93-100 points; silver, 86-92; and bronze, 80-85.

Following is a list of honorees by category:

Swiss Styles: Gold medal, Chapel Hill Creamery, Chapel Hill

Mozzarella: Gold medal, Chapel Hill Creamery

Feta: Silver medal, Bonnie Blue Farm, Waynesboro, Tenn.

Flavored Soft Cheese
Gold medal, Chapel Hill Creamery
Silver medal, Prodigal Farm, Rougemont

Open Class for Semi-Soft Cheese
Gold medal, Chapel Hill Creamery
Silver medal, Bonnie Blue Farm, Waynesboro, Tenn.

Open Class for Hard Cheese
Gold medal, Chapel Hill Creamery

Goat’s Milk Fresh Chevre Cheese (Flavored)
Gold and silver medals, Bonnie Blue Farm, Waynesboro, Tenn.
Bronze medal, Holly Grove Farms, Goldsboro

Goat’s Milk Fresh Chevre Cheese (Unflavored)
Gold medal, Holly Grove Farms, Goldsboro
Silver medal, Prodigal Farm, Rougemont
Bronze medal, Bonnie Blue Farm, Waynesboro, Tenn.

Goat’s Milk Aged Cheese
Gold medal, Prodigal Farm, Rougemont
Silver and bronze medals, Bonnie Blue Farm, Waynesboro, Tenn.

All cheeses in the contest will be available for purchase at the Dairy Artisan Tent during the State Fair, Oct. 13-23. The tent is located in front of the Jim Graham Building.

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  • SaucyGlo Oct 10, 2011

    Congratulations to the winners! I sampled the Calavander at Reliable Cheese Co., and it was outstanding. Took home a wedge and enjoyed it grated over pasta, in small chunks for nibbling, and in several recipes--in fact, the Calavander inspired me to create "Carolina Blue Chicken," my NC version of Chicken Cordon Bleu.