The Wisconsin State Fair for 2015 runs from Thursday August 6th through Sunday August 16th. The fair features large varieties of food, traditional rides and games and judging of animals, food products, crafts and art. Wisconsin’s artisan cheesemakers and meat producers products are carefully judged and awarded ribbons for their quality products.
The results of the Cheese contest have been released. Congratulations to all the winning cheesemakers at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair competition. This year there were 372 entrees in 28 classes from 146 Wisconsin cheesemakers. The top three cheeses in each category received awards. The 2015 Grand Master Cheesemaker will be named and recognized along with the other winning cheesemakers at the Blue Ribbon Cheese and Butter Auction August 13 at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. The winning cheeses will be auctioned off with the proceeds used to support scholarships for students pursuing dairy related degrees and in support of other milk marketing efforts.
A number of the cheesemakers that have won awards in the annual Wisconsin State Fair competition for 2015 have their company’s cheeses available on Wisconsinmade.com. Many or these softer cheeses only ship in the cooler months, starting Oct. 1.
Winning cheesemakers that have cheeses seasonably available on Wisconsinmade.om are:
Gary Grossen Master Cheesemaker at the Babcock Hall Dairy Plant on the University of Wisconsin –Madison campus won for his Brick cheese Class 05 Brick, Muenster – First Place. Gary explains his cheese making process. Babcock cheese is available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com
Chad Duhal from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin – Third Place Class 05 Brick, Muenster for his Muenster Cheese
Steve Stettler Master Cheesemaker from Decatur Dairy in Brodhead, Wisconsin took third place in Class 10 Flavored Pepper Cheese for his Pepper Havarti cheese. He also took second Place in Class 20 Havarti (unflavored) for his Havarti cheese. Decatur cheeses are available seasonally on Wisconsinmade.com
Marieke Penterman from Holland’s Family Cheese in Thorp, Wisconsin took third place in Class 12 Flavored Semi-Soft cheese – for Marieke Burning Melange Gouda. Marieke also won second place in Class 22 Open Class for Semi-Soft Cheese (unflavored) for the Marieke Golden cheese. A selection of Marieke cheese gifts are available on Wisconsinmade.com
Wally Hartwig from Zimmerman Cheese in South Wayne, Wisconsin took first place Class 13 Smoked Cheese – for Smoked Brick.
Wisconsin artisans produce a broad variety of cheeses that continue to be recognized by judges and customers for superior quality. Congratulations to all the winning artisan cheesemakers!