Maine Wins Ten Awards at 2015 ACS Competition

Maine cheese makers won ten awards at the 2015 American Cheese Society Judging and Competition announced at this year’s ACS Conference in Providence, RI. The ACS cheese competition is the largest competition in North America and includes entries from the US, Canada, and beyond.

From among 267 companies submitting 1,779 entries seven Maine cheese makers won ten awards including four 1st place ribbons, four 2nd place, and two 3rd place ribbons. This is the most ribbons that Maine cheese makers have collected at a ACS competition since 2007 and it reflects the number of Maine cheese makers who could arrange to get their cheeses to the conference being held only a few hours drive from our cheese rooms.

First time competitors such Barred Owl Creamery in Whitefield, and Tide Mill Creamery in Edmunds won awards, as well as long time cheese makers like Appleton Creamery and York Hill Farm who have each won multiple ACS awards in past competitions.

Following are a list of the awards listed alphabetically by creamery name:

Appleton Creamery
1st Place in Marinated Goat Cheese for Chevre In Olive Oil

Barred Owl Creamery
1st Place in Sheep or Mixed Milk Feta for Organic Feta
2nd Place in Farmstead Cheese With Flavor Added for Hot Pepper Jelly Chevre

Fuzzy Udder Creamery
2nd Place in Sheep or Mixed Milk Plain Yogurt for Sheep Milk Yogurt

Swallowtail Farm and Creamery
2nd Place in Cows Milk Ricotta for Ricotta Salata
2nd Place in Yogurt With Flavor Added for Caramel Sea Salt Greek Style Yogurt
3rd Place in Cows Milk Plain Yogurt for Original Cream Top Jersey Cow Milk Yogurt

Tide Mill Creamery
1st Place in Sheep or Mixed Milk Soft Ripened Cheeses for Little Bloom

Winter Hill Farm
3rd Place in Farmstead Aged Less Than 60 Days for Tide Line

York Hill Farm
1st Place in Goats Milk Soft Ripened Cheeses for Ripened Chevre Roll With Ash

Meeting: June 15th at Appleton Creamery

Our next Guild meeting will take place at Appleton Creamery in Appleton, ME on Monday, June 15th at 10am.

The PIZZA OVEN will be fired up, rain or shine, so bring your favorite melty cheese and toppings to share.

We will review the Dairy Sanitation Workshop just held in Orono, discuss the upcoming Peter Dixon workshop (November 13/14 at Pineland Farms), and study the logistics for shipping our ACS competition entries to Providence at the end of July, among other topics.


Google Maps sometimes does not recognize the number 780 on Gurneytown Road in Appleton, but you can also Google just the road name and Appleton, ME for general directions, then look for Appleton Creamery near the northern end of the road on the west side. Please park on the side of the road — their driveway is very short and hard to turn around in.