Sylvan Star Cheese added a few more awards to its trophy case this week.
The Sylvan Lake-area business’s natural smoked gouda was named the Best Smoked Cheese and the Best Alberta Cheese at the inaugural Canadian Cheese Awards in Toronto. It was also a finalist in the Best Farmstead Cheese category.
The competition attracted 291 entries in 16 categories. Seventy-six producers from Newfoundland to British Columbia took part.
Judging was held at the University of Guelph’s department of food science.
The Canadian Cheese Awards was the first cheese competition in Canada open to all milks used in cheese-making: cow, goat, sheep and even water buffalo. No artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or modified milk ingredients were allowed.
The Canadian Cheese Awards is produced by The Great Canadian Cheese Festival, the biggest artisan cheese show in Canada. It’s held annually in Ontario.
Sylvan Star Cheese is a regular winner at another cheese competition, the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, which is sponsored by the Dairy Farmers of Canada. It takes place every two years, with the last competition held in 2013.