Big E Cheese Competition 2013

Do you want your cheese to get recognized for its amazing taste?

Enter the fourth annual Big E Gold Medal Cheese Competition.

If you make cheese and are a licensed cheese maker located in New England, send cheese samples (three samples) to 1305 Memorial Avenue West Springfield, MA 01089.

Offering classes to compete in there are numerous opportunities for all of your cheeses to be entered.

2013 Cheese Grant
In an effort to relieve the cost of competition participation on the cheese maker the following grants have been made available. A limited number of $25 grants are available courtesy of donations made by cheese enthusiasts. Click here for more information.

For more information contact Elena Hovagimian at 413-205-5011 or

Good Food Awards 2013

The Good Food Awards launches its fourth year with a call for entries to American food producers across the nation, representing the best in tasty, authentic and responsible foods. Categories include: beer, charcuterie, cheese, chocolate, coffee, confections, oils, pickles, preserves, and spirits. Entries are judged at a blind tasting with 150 food movement leaders. Entry period is open July 1-31 at ($60 fee to cover cost of storing, sorting and transporting the entries). New and renewing members of the Good Food Merchants Guild receive one free entry.

Big E 2012 Winners!

The Big E Cheese Competition

At the Cheese Competition at The Big E, New England’s regional agricultural exhibition Maine Cheesemakers have had more success!

Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese, All Milks:

Gold Medal to Pineland Farms Creamery for Pepper Jack (which also won a ribbon at the 2012 American Cheese Society cheese competition);

Bronze Medal to Pineland Farms Creamery for Monterey Jack;

Washed Rind Cheeses:

Bronze Medal to Appleton Creamery for her Mixed-Milk Tomme;

Feta Cheeses:

Bronze Medal to Appleton Creamery;

Washed Rind Cheeses:

And a Bronze Medal to Appleton Creamery for Camdenbert