Although Wisconsin didn’t take the very top prize, Wisconsin cheese makers walked away with awards at the 2018 World Cheese Awards in Madison.  Wisconsin dairies won 39 First Place Awards, 39 Second Place Awards, and 36 Third Place Awards in 104 classes of cheese. Among the winners were Pine River Pre-Pack in Newton, Saxon Cheese LLC in Cleveland and Land O Lakes Inc. in Kiel. You can see the full list of winners here.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association announced the winner of the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest Thursday.  Five Wisconsin kinds of cheese were finalists, but none took the top prize.  The overall winner came from France.  It was a sheep’s milk cheese imported by Savencia Cheese U-S-A in Pennsylvania.  The experts say it was aged 90 days and had a nutty and toasted wheat taste.  The runner-up cheese came from Austria.  The three-day contest wrapped up with the announcement of the winners from more than 34-hundred entries Thursday night at the Monona Terrace.