In August of 2023 The Utah Cheese Awards℠ will hold it’s seventh cheese plate-oriented, specialty food competition; judging cheese, charcuterie, bread, honey, sauces, fruit, chocolate/candy. This contest is open to producers in the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.

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1. All entries must be made, grown, gathered or processed within the states of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada or Montana.

2. First two entries are $25. each and include one transferable ticket to yearly reception per entry.  Additional entries are $35. each.

3. Submit sealed, labeled packages with the product name and category letter. Packages should total at minimum 8 oz. per entry
except for:
   bread (submit one loaf)
   chocolate (submit two bars)
   dried fruit or candy (submit 4 servings).

4. Include a check or money order for fees due. Make checks payable to: Utah Cheese Awards.

5. Winner in categories with 4 or more entrants will be labeled Double Gold. Winner in categories with 1, 2 or 3 entries will labeled Gold.

6. Winners will be notified by e-mail, and the awards announced to the public prior to November 15, 2023.

7. Medals delivered at ceremony. Shipment of medals is an additional $15., but free for those with bronze level support (or greater.)


• All entries become the property of UtahCheeseAwards.
• Utah Cheese Awards reserves the right to re-assign categories.
• Failure to supply entry fees as noted will result in disqualification.
• Past entry fees due must be current or entry will be disqualified, and samples forfeited.


A ) Swiss and Alpine
B ) Cheddar no adjuncts except oil/fat/honey
C ) Blue
D ) Semi-hard no adjuncts
E ) Hard no adjuncts except oil/fat/honey
F ) Adjuncts — Interior Any style, non-dairy ingredients included in the paste
G ) Adjuncts — Exterior Any style, cheese rubbed with non-dairy ingredients
H ) Curd flavored and unflavored
I ) Mozzarella
J ) Soft Cheese
K ) Sheep or Goat Milk Cheese
L ) Feta
M ) Other


N ) Charcuterie
O ) Breadstuffs bread or crackers
P ) Honey or honeycomb
Q ) Sauces/Spreads – Sweet
R ) Sauces/Spreads – Savory Sauces
S ) Sauces/Spreads – Hot
T ) Dried Fruit
U ) Nuts
V ) Candy including chocolate, assembled in region

Date of August shipping window, drop deadline and downloadable entry form will be posted by the end of May, 2023.


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