CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — It probably is not surprising that at the 30th annual “American Cheese Society Competition” last week, the Rogue Creamery received top honors, but it is still an honor to the local cheesemaker.
More than 30 judges including food science professors, cheese mongers, retail cheese managers, and cheese experts smelled, felt, tasted, and analyzed 1,794 different products from 254 companies.
“Our Rogue River Blue and Caveman Blue came first and second in their class which was blue cheeses with a natural rind,” Rogue Creamery manager, Tom Van Voorhees said.
The creamery also received top awards for it’s Smokey Blue and Echo Mountain. There were 16 other awards given to Oregon cheesemakers, including seven first place recognitions at last week’s competition. Experts say Oregon continues to win a disproportionately large number of awards at both national and international cheese competitions because “dairy animals thrive in Oregon’s climate.”