Goat Milk Cheese Competition

The American Dairy Goat Association welcomes your participation in the 2018 Goat Milk Products Competition. The competition will be held at the ADGA Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Tuesday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 17, 2018. This competition will be open to all cheese makers, commercial and amateur.

Judges

Cheeses will be judged by Steve Zeng, Langston, OK and Lucia Sepe, Potenza, Italy.  Learn more about these highly-qualified judges >>

Awards

ADGA will award rosettes and $200 & $100 gift certificates to the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show in both the Commercial and Amateur Divisions. Ribbons will be awarded to 1st – 3rd place winners in each division. Commercial cheeses will be showcased at the Goat Products Reception to be held at 6:00 pm, Thursday, October 18, 2018. Both Convention attendees and the area public will attend this event.

Since this event is intended as a promotion for goat’s milk and specialty cheeses, we encourage commercial producers to include promotional materials and distributor information along with entries. These promotional materials will be withheld during judging and placed with cheeses at the Products Reception.

Best in Show and Reserved Best in Show cheeses/products will be auctioned during the reception.

Rules for Entry

  • Only 100% Goat’s milk product is eligible to compete in this competition. Goat’s milk and curd used in the cheese/product must be of USA, CANADIAN or MEXICO origins only.


Entry Fee Schedule

# of EntriesADGA Members Received by 9/19/2018ADGA Members 09/20/2018 thru 9/30/2018
1st & 2nd$20 each$35 each
3rd thru 6th$18 each$33 each
7th +$16 each$31 each
All Nonmember Entries$25 each$40 each
  • Please fill out one entry form for each cheese or product entered.
  • Amateur products will not be served at the Goat Products Reception.
  • A cheese maker will be considered commercial if they have been legally selling their product for a minimum of six months at the time of entry.
  • Minimum scores are required to earn awards. Cheeses do not compete “against” each other for ribbons within categories. Standards of excellence apply to all entries. Assuming minimum
    scores are met, the three highest scores in each category will place 1st, 2nd and 3rd. However, it is possible that awards are not earned within a category if no entry achieves a minimum
    number of points. Ties are allowed only for 2nd and 3rd Place finishers. No ties for 1st Place. (We allow half-point scoring to help reduce the number of ties.)
  • Please send promotional material or placards in the shipping container(s) along with your product. (Commercial entries only).
  • PLEASE DO YOUR ENTRIES ONLINE USING GOOGLE DOCS, https://goo.gl/forms/fksR5d7nNNLDoUSE3. PLEASE PAY ADGA DIRECTLY BY ADDING ENTRY FEES TO YOUR ACCOUNT. IF YOU ARE NOT AN ADGA MEMBER AN ACCOUNT WILL BE CREATED FOR YOU ON THE ADGA.ORG SITE. NO OTHER FORM OF PAYMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED. For more information on the Goat Milk Products Competition, contact Karyl at bodyshops14@gmail.com or 507-894-4274.
  • ENTRIES WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE.
  • Please send one commercial entry without its packaging or any other identifying material. When entry forms are received, printed labels with unique identifying numbers and categories
    will be sent to you. Place one of these labels on each of the products that you are entering in the contest before shipping them.
  • Commercial Soft Cheese/Yogurt/Kefir/Butter/Confections-Please send three packages of soft cheeses or product in the form in which it is commercially sold. For example, three logs, three pyramids, or three jars. One will be labeled for competition and the other two will be displayed at the products reception. Any entry containing less than required amount of product will be disqualified.
  • Commercial Hard cheeses – Please send hard cheeses as one entire, uncut, unplugged wheel or block, minimum weight 1.5 pounds. Any cheese appearing to have been tampered with will
    be disqualified from judging.
  • Amateurs entering product or cheese need to send only one item per entry and these should be labeled with printed competition labels.

 

Entry Deadline

Entries for the Goat Milk Products Competition must be onsite by 3 p.m., Monday, October 15, 2018. Arrangements must be made with the committee for hand delivery. Those shipping cheese to the hotel must prominently mark packages “ADGA Goat Milk Products Competition/Attn: Karyl Dronen/Terri Coleman” and send packages to:

Doubletree By Hilton Hotel
7800 Normandale Boulevard
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439
952-893-8493

Entries’ shipments must be timed to arrive on Friday, October 12, 2018 so that it will not sit in a warehouse over the weekend.

  • Packages must contain a packing slip stating the number of boxes shipped and number of items in each box. Please include your company or brand name of the product on the entry form, especially when you have more than one entry in a category.

 

Goat Milk Products Competition Classes (Commercial and Amateur)

1. Unflavored Soft Cheese Bulk or Tub-Natural, unflavored cheeses made from goat’s milk. Includes all rindless, unripened goat’s milk cheeses with no added flavors.

2. Unflavored Soft Cheese Molded or Formed-Natural, unflavored cheeses made from goat’s milk. Includes all rindless, unripened goat’s milk cheeses with no added flavors.

3. Flavored Soft Cheese Bulk or Tub- Natural cheeses made from goat’s milk and flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade. Includes all rindless, unripened goats’ milk cheeses with added flavors.

a. Sweet b. Savory

4. Flavored Soft Cheese Molded or Formed- Natural cheeses made from goat’s milk and flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade. Includes all rindless, unripened goats’ milk cheeses with added flavors.

a. Sweet b. Savory

5. Unflavored Surface Penicillium Candidum Mold Ripened Cheese – Natural surface mold ripened cheeses, made from goat’s milk.

6. Unflavored Surface all other (i.e. geotrichum, etc) Mold Ripened Cheese – Natural surface mold ripened cheeses, made from goat’s milk.

7. Flavored Surface Penicillium Candidum Mold Ripened Cheese – Natural surface mold ripened cheeses, ash coated or layered cheeses, with additional flavoring(s), made from goat’s milk.

8. Flavored Surface all other (i.e. geotrichum, etc) Mold Ripened Cheese – Natural surface mold ripened cheeses, ash coated layered cheeses, with additional flavoring(s), made from goat’s milk.

9. Blue Veined Cheese exterior molding – Natural, unflavored goat’s milk cheeses veined with blue molds and ripened to develop surface mold.

10. Flavored Blue Veined Cheese exterior molding – Natural, flavored goat’s milk cheeses veined with blue molds and ripened to develop surface mold flavored with added condiments, smoke or
marinade.

11. Unflavored Blue Veined Cheese (rindless) – Natural, unflavored goat’s milk cheeses veined with blue molds and no surface mold development.

12. Flavored Blue Veined Cheese (rindless) – Natural, flavored goat’s milk cheeses veined with blue molds and no surface mold development flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade.

13. Unflavored Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

14. Flavored Fresh Mozzarella Cheese.

15. Unflavored Feta Cheese.

16. Flavored Feta Cheese.

17. Unflavored Pasta Filata type – Other than fresh unflavored Mozzarella.

18.Flavored Pasta Filata type – Other than flavored fresh Mozzarella.

19.Unflavored Washed Rind Cheese.

20. Flavored Washed Rind Cheese.

21. Unflavored Semi-Soft Cheese – Natural, unflavored cheeses made from goat’s milk containing 40% or higher moisture, other than cheeses included in categories 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15.

22. Flavored Semi-Soft Cheese – Natural cheeses made from goat’s milk containing 40% or higher moisture flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade other than cheeses included in categories 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 14, 16.

23. Unflavored Hard Cheese – Natural, unflavored cheeses containing less than 39% moisture made from goat’s milk.

24. Flavored Hard Cheese – Natural, unflavored cheeses containing less than 39% moisture made from goat’s milk flavored with added condiments, smoke or marinade.

25. Sweet Butter.

26. Salted Butter.

27. Cultured Butter.

28. Unflavored Yogurt.

29. Flavored Yogurt.

30. Unflavored fermented milk – Other than yogurt.

31. Flavored fermented milk – Other than yogurt.

32. Confections.

33. Gift Basket – These baskets will be up for auction at the Products Reception proceeds from this auction benefit the ADGA Youth Convention. Sorry no amateur entries.

Cheese Competition Entry Form

Online Entries: https://goo.gl/forms/fksR5d7nNNLDoUSE3

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2 comments on “Goat Milk Cheese Competition
  1. shelli Kramer says:

    Hi- Just stumbled across this. Do you know where your cheese competition will be held next year?

    • David Abbott says:

      Hi Shelli — The Cheese Competition is held each year during ADGA’s Annual Convention. We post the upcoming locations on the “About” page of the ADGA Annual Convention website: https://convention.adga.org/about In 2019 the Annual Convention and Cheese Competition will be held at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho October 15-20.

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