2021 MAINE CHEESE FESTIVAL

2021 Maine Cheese Festival and Cheese Awards

Celebrate Maine Cheese and Cheesemakers
  This family-friendly event is sure to delight everyone!  Come meet 16  cheesemakers and taste their cheeses, listen to live music, enjoy 5 food trucks featuring local foods, taste and experience 12 artisan food and drink vendors and enjoy the beer and wine garden along the Sebasticook River. The educational programming will include exploring Maine cheeses through cooking demos and pairings.
This year, the Maine Cheese Guild will be hosting the inaugural Maine Cheese Awards- the ultimate celebration of everything cheese in Maine!

When: Sunday, September 12th, 2021
Session 1: 11am – 2pm
Session 2: 3pm – 6pm

Where: Manson Park
51 Peltoma Ave.
Pittsfield, ME 04967

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OUR 2021  FESTIVAL  SPONSORS

 

Fondue for Two

Fondue for Two – Virtual Fondue Class

Fondue for Two

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
6:00 PM 7:00 PM

Yelp Maine is partnering with the Maine Cheese Guild to bring cheese from the state right to your door! Who doesn’t love a subscription box filled with local love?! Our first event in this series of events features Alexis Godin, Chef/Owner of Alice & Lulu’s Mountainside Restaurant, for: Fondue for Two

To learn more,  RSVP and join this event, CLICK HERE

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.

 

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

2021 MAINE CHEESE FESTIVAL

Maine Cheese Awards

The Maine Cheese Guild is thrilled to announce our Inaugural Maine Cheese Awards celebrating the many talents of our Maine cheese making community. This soon to be annual event will be open to all licensed Maine cheesemakers with no limitations or exclusions. Winners will be announced on the Main Stage at the Maine Cheese Festival  on September 3rd, and the top Best-in Show awardees will be featured online (in accordance with fda requirements) while supplies last. In addition participants and winners will be featured in our post event media including social media and national press campaign. It goes without saying, the Guild is proud of the he many talented artisans and we are excited to celebrate them and the many delicious Maine cheeses.

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