Award Winning Cheese

Cheese competition judges typically evaluate contest cheese for both technical and aesthetic quality. The written judges' comments from contests and competitions provide a cheesemaker with good technical feedback to use in continually improving his or her craft. We enter cheese contests for that purpose. At Caves of Faribault, we are humbly grateful for the awards our handmade cave-aged cheese has earned to date.

Some of the awards include:


Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards

A sofi is the top honor in the $86 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

RECENT WINS:

2013 - Jeffs' Select wins sofi™ Award for Outstanding Cheese or Dairy Product

Good Food Awards

 Honors American cheese producers whose products are tasty, authentic and responsibly produced.

RECENT WINS:

2014 - Jeffs' Select Gouda & St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

North Central Cheese Industry Association

One of the most prestigious awards given to Midwest cheesemakers by the NCCIA

RECENT WINS:

2016
First Place - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

2013

Grand Champion - Jeffs' Select Gouda

Second Place - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

Third Place - AmaGorg Gorgonzola

2011

Grand Champion - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

Second Place - AmaGorg Gorgonzola

2010

Grand Champion - St Pete's Select Blue Cheese

2005

Grand Champion

First Place

 

The World & US Championship Cheese Contests

The World & US Cheese Championships, biennial events, are two of the largest national contests open to all United States cheesemakers. The contest and expo offers cheese enthusiasts and professional chefs the chance to learn more about cheese evaluation. Hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA)

RECENT WINS:

2015 - AmaGorg takes 2nd in the Gorgonzola Class and St. Pete's Select takes 3rd in the Blue-Veined Class at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest

2014 - St. Pete's Select takes 2nd in the Blue-Veined Class at the World Championship Cheese Contest

2013St. Pete's Select takes Best of Class in the Blue-Veined Class at the U.S Championship Cheese Contest; Jeffs' Select takes 4th in the Open Class (Hard); AmaGorg takes 5th in the Gorgonzola Class

2010 - AmaGorg takes Best of Class with a 1st Place win at the World Championship Cheese Contest

2007 - Second Place

2005 - Second Place

 

National Milk Producers Federation Cheese Contest

RECENT WINS:

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2016:
3rd Place - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

Unique or Mild Flavor Class Results 2016:
3rd Place - Jeffs' Select Gouda

Chairman's Plaque 2015:
AmaBlu Blue Cheese

Best Italian 2015:
AmaBlu Blue Cheese

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2015:
First Place - AmaBlu Blue Cheese
Third Place - Verdant Grass Fed Blue Cheese


Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2014:
Second Place - AmaGorg Gorgonzola
Third Place - St Pete's Select Blue

Unique or Flavored Class Results 2013:
Chairman's Plaque & 1st Place - Jeffs' Select Gouda

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2013:
Third Place - St Pete's Select Blue

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2012:
Third Place - St Pete's Select Blue

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2011:
First Place - St Pete's Select Blue
Second Place - Verdant Grass-Fed Blue

Hard & Mold Ripened Class Results 2010:
Second Place - Verdant Grass-Fed Blue

 

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association

The UMDIA sponsors four contests each year, the final contest being held at the Minnesota State Fair. Cheesemakers from across the Midwest are invited to enter their cheese.

RECENT WINS:

Parade of Champions 2017

2017 Champion Artisan Cheesemaker - Caves of Faribault


Minnesota State Fair 2017

2nd Place - Jeffs' Select (99.083)


Spring 2016

3rd Place - St. Pete's Select (98.883)


Fall 2016

2nd Place - Jeffs' Select (99.00)

4th Place - St. Pete's Select (98.667)


August 2016 at The MN State Fair

3rd Place - St. Pete's Select (99.00)

4th Place - St. Mary's (98.917)


Fall 2015

2nd Place - Jeffs' Select (99.25)

4th Place - St. Pete's Select (98.67)


June 2015

3rd Place - St. Pete's Select (98.50)

4th Place - Jeffs' Select (98.33)


Spring 2015

2nd Place - Jeffs' Select (98.67)


Named 2014 Champion Artisan Cheese Maker in UMDIA's "Parade of Champions"

Fall 2014

3rd Place - St. Pete's Select (98.42)

4th Place - AmaGorg (98.17)

 

August 2014 at The MN State Fair

3rd Place - St. Pete's Select (98.92)

 

June 2014

3rd Place - Jeffs' Select (97.92)

4th Place - St. Pete's Select (97.67)

 

Spring 2014

2nd Place - Jeffs' Select (98.75)

 

Fall 2013

1st Place - Jeffs' Select (99.25)

 

August 2013 at The MN State Fair

1st Place - St. Pete's Select (98.92)

3rd Place - AmaGorg (98.42)

 

Spring 2013

St. Pete's Select takes a 1st Place win! (98.75/100 pts)

 

Fall 2012

AmaGorg & St. Pete's Select tie for 2nd Place! (98.67/100 pts)

 

August 2012  at The MN State Fair

AmaGorg has takes a 1st Place win! (98.58/100 pts)

 

June 2012

2nd Place (98.67) - Gorgonzola

4th Place (98.33) - Blue Cheese


August 2011 at The MN State Fair

St. Pete's Select takes a 1st Place win! (99 / 100 pts)


June 2011

1st Place (98.88/100 pts)

 

2006 - Grand Champion

2004 - First Place

2003 - Second Place

2002 - First Place

 

Illinois State Fair

2017

Blue Ribbon, Jeffs' Select (92.5)

Blue Ribbon, St. Pete's Select (93.5)


2016

Blue Ribbon, Jeffs' Select Gouda (93.5)

Red Ribbon, St. Pete's Select Blue (94)


2015

Red Ribbon, Jeffs' Select Gouda (92)

Red Ribbon, St. Pete's Select Blue (91.5)


2014

Blue Ribbon, St. Pete's Select (93)

Blue Ribbon, Jeffs' Select (94)

 

2013

Blue Ribbon, St. Pete's Select (93)

Blue Ribbon, Jeffs' Select (92.5)

 

World Cheese Awards

 

2002 - Gold Award

 

The American Cheese Society

The American Cheese Society hosts a national gathering of their members each year. All members are welcome to enter their artisinal cheeses into the annual competition. When the competition is complete, a Festival of Cheese is held for members to sample the entries.

2016 - Best of Show - Third Place, Jeffs' Select Gouda; First Place - Jeffs' Select Gouda, American-Made/International Style (Dutch Style - All Milks)

2015 - Third Place, AmaGorg Gorgonzola and Verdant Grass-Fed Blue Cheese, Blue Mold Class; Third Place - St. Mary's Grass-Fed Gouda, American-Made/International Style Class

2014 - Third Place, St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese, Blue Mold Cheeses Class

2013 - Third Place, St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese, Blue Mold Cheeses Class

2007 - First Place

2006 - Second Place

 

LA International Dairy Competition

2012

Gold Medal - AmaGorg Gorgonzola

Silver Medal - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese

 

World Dairy Expo

2016

Third Place - St. Pete's Select Blue Cheese, Blue-Veined Cheese Category
 

2015

Second Place - AmaGorg Gorgonzola, Blue-Veined Cheese Category
 

Cincho Cheese Awards (Spain)

2016

Gold Award - Jeffs' Select Gouda, Cow's Milk Cheese Category


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Contests

Specialty Food Association sofi™ Awards

North Central Cheese Industry Association

World & US Championship Cheese Contests

National Milk Producers Federation Cheese Contest

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association

Illinois State Fair

World Cheese Awards

American Cheese Society

LA International Dairy Competition

World Dairy Expo