2015 Edition Finalists

Here are the finalists for the ninth installment of the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, which received a record number of entries. Cheese makers from British Columbia to PEI submitted 268 cheeses in 27 different categories in the prestigious cheese competition. A panel of top Canadian food industry experts gathered in Montreal for a closed door session on February 21th and 22th and selected 81 finalists that truly exemplify the world-class cheese being produced in Canada.

Fresh Cheese

  • Formaggino Original, Bella Stella Cheese, BC
  • Cream Cheese, M.C. Dairy Co. Ltd, ON
  • Ricotta / Bella Casara, Quality Cheese Inc., ON

Fresh Pasta Filata

  • Cherry Bocconcini, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC
  • Fresh Mozzarella Zerto, Finica Food Specialties Ltd., ON
  • Burrata / Bella Casara / Quality Cheese Inc., ON

Fresh Cheese with grilling properties

  • Le Fleur St-Michel, Fromagerie du Terroir de Bellechasse, QC
  • Le Paillasson de l'isle d'Orléans, Les Fromages de l'isle d'Orléans, QC
  • Queso Fresco Cheese, Latin Foods Inc., AB

Soft Cheese with bloomy rind

  • Comox Camembert, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC
  • Comox Brie, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC
  • Brie paysan, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC

Cream-enriched Soft Cheese with bloomy rind

  • Albert's Leap Bel Haven Triple Creme Brie, Quality Cheese Inc., ON
  • Le Riopelle de l'Isle, Société Coopérative Agricole de l'Île-aux-Grues, QC
  • Laliberté, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC

Semi-soft Cheese

  • St-Paulin, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Fleur de Weedon, Fromagerie P'tit Plaisir, QC
  • Amsterdammer, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC

Washed- or Mixed-rind Soft Cheese

  • L'Origine de Charlevoix, Laiterie Charlevoix Inc., QC
  • 14 Arpents, Fromagerie Médard, QC
  • L'Empereur, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC

Washed- or Mixed-rind Semi-soft Cheese

  • Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Tête Dure, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Le Mamirolle, Fromagerie Rang 9, QC

Washed- or Mixed-rind Firm Cheese

  • La Meule des champs, Fromagerie Rang 9, QC
  • Le Blackburn, Fromagerie Blackburn, QC
  • Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, QC

Firm Cheese (except Cheddar and Gouda)

  • Asiago, Bright Cheese & Butter Mfg. Co. Ltd., ON
  • Heidi, The Farm House Natural Cheeses, BC
  • Muenster, Bothwell Cheese Inc, MB

Swiss-type Cheese

  • Miranda, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC
  • Handeck, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Louis D'or, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC

Mozzarella (Ball, Brick or Cylinder) or Pasta Filata

  • Tre Stelle Mozzarella Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., ON
  • Oaxaca, Local Dairy Products, ON
  • Mozzarrella Ball, International Cheese Co. Ltd., ON

Brine-ripened Cheese

  • Queso Duro Cheese, Latin Foods Inc., AB
  • Feta Cheese, Tiras Dairies Inc., AB
  • Tre Stelle Feta Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., ON

Gouda (Aged 1-6 Months)

  • Gouda Medium, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Medium, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Gouda Mild, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB

Aged Gouda

  • Louis Cyr, Fromagerie Bergeron, QC
  • Gouda Aged, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Aged, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., ON

Extra Aged Gouda

  • Old Grizzly, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Grizzly, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Gold, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., ON

Blue Cheese

  • Le Rassembleu, Fromagiers de la Table Ronde, QC
  • Bleu Bénédictin, Fromagerie Abbaye de Saint-Benoît-du-Lac, QC
  • Le Bleu d'Élizabeth, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC

Flavoured Cheese with Added Non-particulate Flavouring (except smoked cheese)

  • Stout beer cheddar, Fromagerie Perron, QC
  • Tipsy, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Griffon Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC

Smoked Cheese

  • Gouda Smoked Natural Cheese, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd., AB
  • Appletree Smoked Cheddar, Cows Creamery, PE
  • Naturally Smoked Boerenkaas, Natural Pastures Cheese Company, BC

Flavoured Cheese with Added Particulate Solids and Flavouring

  • Raclette de Compton au poivre, Fromagerie La Station, QC
  • Formaggino Garden Herb, Bella Stella Cheese, BC
  • Pepper Raclette, Fromagerie Fritz Kaiser Inc., QC

Mild Cheddar (Aged 3 Months)

  • Marble Cheddar, Bothwell Cheese Inc., MB
  • Mild Cheddar, Bothwell Cheese Inc., MB
  • L'Ancêtre Organic Mild Cheddar, Fromagerie L'Ancêtre Inc., QC

Medium Cheddar (Aged 4 to 9 Months)

  • L'Ancêtre Organic Medium Cheddar, Fromagerie L'Ancêtre Inc., QC
  • Medium Cheddar, Bothwell Cheese Inc., MB
  • Medium Cheddar, Maple Dale Cheese, ON

Old Cheddar (Aged from 9 Months to a Year)

  • Old Cheddar, Bothwell Cheese Inc, MB
  • Traditional Clothbound Cheddar (9 to 12 months), The Farm House Natural Cheeses, BC
  • Old Cheddar, Bright Cheese & Butter Mfg., ON

Aged Cheddar (1 to 3 Years)

  • Extra Old Cheddar, Cows Creamery, PE
  • Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, PE
  • Traditional Clothbound Cheddar (1 to 3 years old), The Farm House Natural Cheeses, BC

Aged Cheddar (More Than 3 Years)

  • Extra Old Vintage Cheddar Cheese, Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Ivanhoe Cheese, ON
  • Outrageously Old Aged 72 Months, Maple Dale Cheese, ON
  • Extra OLD CHEDDAR 5 YEARS, St-Albert Cheese Cooperative Inc., ON

Farmhouse Cheese

  • Mountainoak Farmstead Premium Dutch Gold, Mountainoak Cheese Ltd., ON
  • Louis D'or, Fromagerie du Presbytère, QC
  • Handeck, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese Ltd., ON

Organic Cheese

  • Le Baluchon, Fromagerie F. X. Pichet, QC
  • Alfred Le Fermier 18 months, Fromagerie La Station, QC
  • Comtomme, Fromagerie La Station, QC
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