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    • September 11, 2022
    • Pittsfield, Maine

    Maine Cheese Festival is returning to Pittsfield  Maine on September 11, 2022. Save the date for great cheese, live music, food trucks, and more including the announcements of winners from the 2nd Annual Maine Cheese Awards.

    Visit the Festival website for information and updates.

    • September 11, 2022
    • Winners announced at Maine Cheese Festival

    The Maine Cheese Guild is thrilled to announce our Second Annual Maine Cheese Awards celebrating the many talents of our Maine cheesemaking community. Winners will be announced on the Main Stage at the Maine Cheese Festival on Sunday September 11, 2022. In addition participants and winners will be featured in our post event media follow up including social media outlets and press campaigns. The Guild is proud of the many talented artisans and we are excited to celebrate and the many delicious Maine cheeses.

    This year, in the first round of judging, we invite any cheesemakers to take part in judging any categories they have not entered. The top five from each category will then be judged by our panel of expert judges from across the state. This is a great opportunity to learn about competitions, judging and taste new cheeses from the community. 

    Award Instructions and Rules
    • Creameries must be licensed in Maine.
    • All cheese entries must be made within the state using Maine milk.
    • Cheesemakers may submit up to a total of 8 cheeses, but only 3 per category
    • Submit a minimum of .5 lb per entry, 
    • Wrapped and labeled cheese must include the category they are entering. 

    Entry Information
    • Submissions will be accepted beginning Monday, August 29, 2022
    • Deadline for cheese submissions will be Thursday, September 8, 2022
    • First round judging will take place on Friday, September 9 in the morning (open to all cheesemakers who want to take part)
    • Second round judging will take place on Friday, September 9 in the afternoon

    Ship cheese entries to:
    Broken Arrow
    545 Congress Street
    Portland, ME 04101
    or contact Holly Aker to coordinate delivery (207) 595-2344. 

    Judging will be anonymous and tastings conducted blind by a panel of judges. In the first round, cheeses will be scored by your peers narrowing the field to the top five cheeses from each category. The second round of judging will occur in the afternoon by our panel of expert judges. 

    Categories of cheese will include all milks

    1. Fresh Cheese
    2. Flavored Fresh Cheese
    3. Feta
    4. Bloomy Rind
    5. Washed Rind Cheese
    6. Aged Cheese natural rind
    7. Cheddar
    8. Blue Cheese

    Cheese will be assessed based on appearance, texture, consistency, and taste.
    Judging will consist of a 10-point scale, rating each assessment on a scale of 1 to 10.

    Each category will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, based on judges scores.

    Awards for overall Best-in-Show and a Special Recognition will also be determined.

    Please register for this event to be contacted about your submission. If you are interested in participating in the first round of peer-to-peer scoring, please email You do not need to enter cheese to participate but you need to be a cheesemakers. 

    Questions? Contact Holly Aker
    • September 11, 2022
    • 2 sessions
    • Manson Park, 51 Peltoma Ave, Pittsfield, ME 04967
    • 1500

    • October 09, 2022
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Throughout Maine

    Sunday, October 9, 2022. Always the Sunday of Indigenous People’s Day weekend. This is a Guild sponsored event statewide. Creameries open their farms to the public. A map of participating farms  and details will be posted as the date nears. A great way to meet the cheeesemakers, take in Maine’s gorgeous fall foliage and stock up on your favorite cheese.  Don’t miss it.

Past Events

July 11, 2022 July All Member Meeting
December 15, 2021 December Holiday Celebration
October 10, 2021 Open Creamery Day 2021
September 12, 2021 Maine Cheese Festival & Awards
September 03, 2021 Maine Cheese Awards
May 23, 2021 Goat Yoga & Picnic at Sunflower Farm Creamery
February 09, 2021 VIRTUAL FONDUE FOR TWO
November 09, 2020 Guild - Annual Meeting
October 11, 2020 Open Creamery Day
September 13, 2020 2020 Maine Cheese Festival is Cancelled
June 16, 2020 June Maine Cheese Guild Meeting via Zoom
May 03, 2020 May Maine Cheese Guild Meeting in Waldoboro
April 01, 2020 Spring Gala
February 10, 2020 Guild Meeting
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The Maine Cheese Guild
c/o Jean Koons, Treasurer
795 Pond Rd.
Sidney, ME 04330
 For more information contact President, Holly Aker (207) 370-7176 • Email

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