Award Winners

2021 Maine Cheese Award Winners

Here are the winners  chosen from a large field of excellent Maine cheeses. More information on the rankings and details will be available soon.

Maine Cheese Awards 2021

Fresh Cheese
1. ChiGoBee Farm (Pownal) – Plain Chevre
2. Noisy Acres Farm (Buxton) – Plain Chevre
3. Flying Goat Farm (New Glouster) Plain Chevre

Honorable Mention:
Pineland Farms (Bangor) – Cheddar Curds
Springdale Farm (Waldo) – Cream Cheese
Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm ( Sidney) Chevre

Flavored Fresh Cheese
1. York Hill Farm (Washington) – Green Peppercorn and Nutmeg Roll
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefiled) – (Appleton recipe) Chevre in Oil
3. Crooked Face Creamery (Skowhegan) – Garlic & Rosemary Ricotta

Honorable Mentions:
Abrahams Creamery (Newport) -Herbs De Provence
Sunflower Farm Creamery (Cumberland) – Marinated Chevre
Dreahmin Fahm Dairy and Creamery (Wilton) – Garlic and Basil Chevre

Soft-Ripened Cheese: Bloomy

1. Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) Tideline
2. Silvery Moon Creamery (Westbrook) – Camembert
3. Spring Day Creamery (Durham) – Out & About

Honorable Mentions:
Silvery Moon Creamery ( Westbrook) – Camembert with Fenugreek
Flying Goat Farm – (New Gloudester) – Grace
Lakin Gorges Cheese at East Forty Farm ( Waldoboro) – Rockweed

Washed Rind Cheese

1. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefiled) – Cyclone
2. Josh Pond Farm (Whiting) – Rocky Lake Raclette
3. Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm (Sidney) – Quaker Hill

Honorable Mention:
Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) – Tideline

Aged Natural Rind Cheese

1. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Torrin Tomme
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefiled) – Windswept
3. Kennebec Cheesery at Koons Farm (Sidney) – Sugarloaf Mountain

Honorable Mention:
Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Haymaker Cheddar
Pineland Farms ( Bangor) two vintages that more or less tied with each other Josh Pond Farm (Whitibng) Down East Tomme

Blue Cheese
1. Spring Day Creamery (Durham) Fraffie
2. Fuzzy Udder Creamery (Whitefiled) – Polar Vortex
3. Spring Day Creanert (Durham) Deja Blue

Honorable mention:
Winter Hill Farm (Freeport) – Bradbury Mountain Blue

Flavored Cheese
1. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Cotswold
2. Dreamin Fahm (Wilton) – Smoked Gouda
3. Balfour Farm (Pittsfield) – Smokey Ghost

Honorable mention:
Yellow Birch Farm (Deer Isle) – Lichen

Best in Show
York Hill Farm – (Washington) _ Green Peppercorn and Nutmeg Roll
(Penny & John Duncan – Founding members of the Maine Cheese Guild retired after 36 years and their legacy continues with new owners of York Hill to Yuki Goseki & Josh Fratoni
Runner up is Winter Hill (Freeport) – Tideline

Open Creamery Day

13th Annual Open Creamery Day is a Go for 2020

We’re happy to announce the the Guild sponsored 13th Annual Open Creamery Day is on for Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at creameries statewide. We’ll be updating here and offer a map and printable pdf as the date draws near. The event is always the Sunday of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and coincides with Maine’s fall foliage peak in much of the state.

Open Creamery Day

Maine Farm Product and Pick-up Directory

“University of Maine Cooperative Extension worked with Allison Lakin, owner of East Forty Farm and Dairy, and Lakin’s Gorges Cheese in Waldoboro, to develop the database of Maine farmers’ creative distribution strategies implemented for the public.”

~University of Maine Extension Service article

Lakin is a long time member of the Maine Cheese Guild, and many Guild cheesemakers are included on the Extension’s new resource for locating locally produced food that is available directly  from farms during the Covid-19 epidemic.  Farmers’ Markets are also considered essential businesses and  many Maine cheesemakers rely on them to market their products. Visit Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets for a comprehensive listing of markets and updates.

Maine Farm Product Pick-Up Directory

You can learn more here, in an article on the Penobsoct Bay area news site,  www.penbaypilot.com.

We also suggest you check driectly with Maine Cheesemakers on how to purchase their products. See our Maine Cheese Guild Cheesemaker & Supporting Partners map with contact information on our members.