Salt Lake City, Utah – The Utah Cheese Awards has completed it’s 2020 competition. The show expanded to two judgings; August 22 and 24. It received 54 entries from 13 companies and awarded, 18 gold medals, 12 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. It also awarded a best-of-show in cheese and non-cheese categories.
The first judging took place at Beehive Distilling in South Salt Lake with Tosha Rustad, Mike Riedel, and Tyler Wright judging. Kendall Marie assisted. The second judging happened in Logan at the Utah Artisan Mercantile in Utah State University’s Blue Square building. The Logan judging was completed by Barney Northrup, Liz Kennard Butcher, and Kailey Foster. Daniel Zamecnik assisted.
Because of restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has planned an alternate way to commemorate the announcement of the winners. Traditionally it has hosted a fundraising, evening tasting reception, and medal ceremony, but instead will include the results in gift packs set to be released November 15.
The show is offering two different gift packs which can be delivered anywhere in the United States. An additional shipment will go out on December 15 for holiday use and gifting.
The Core package is priced at $44.95 and will include the gold medal winners from the categories traditionally receiving the greatest number of entries; cheddar, adjuncts inside, adjuncts outside, and curd. Added to this will be the winner of the Swiss category. These are hearty, flavorful cheeses which reflect Utah’ legacy of cheesemaking.
The Deluxe Plate package is priced at $89.95 and will include the core package cheeses with the addition of exquisite, internationally-inspired hard cheese and goat cheese medalists. Also, bottles of the winning sweet sauce and savory sauce, judged in the show’s division 2, “Rest of the Plate”.
The packages are available on line at https://utahcheeseawards.wordpress.com/buy-winning-cheese/ Those with questions can contact the Utah Cheese Awards at email@example.com or by phone at (435) 213-5444.
Complete results will be posted November 15 on their website, http://utahcheeseawards.com . The show hopes to continue offering the packs in future years.
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