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Centerfold: Rockweed


Photographed by Mallory Scyphers No one was more stunned than Allison Lakin when her cheese, Rockweed, won Best of Class at the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest (WCCC) in March. Lakin operates a one-woman creamery, Lakin’s Gorges Cheese, on the saltwater farm she owns with her husband in Waldoboro, Maine. She introduced Rockweed in 2019, […]

Behind the Scenes at the 2022 World Championship Cheese Contest


Written by Kristine Hansen | Photography courtesy of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association On day three of judging at the World Championship Cheese Contest, a sea of white lab coats confers in hushed tones behind a roped-off area. The Championship Round just wrapped. Now it’s on to the final round: for the 53 judges to […]

In Queso You Missed It: March 6, 2022


Photo by Andy Manis Congratulations to all the winners of the 2022 World Cheese Championship, including American cheeses on the World’s Top 20 Cheeses list: Land O’ Lakes Aged Cheddar; Klondike Cheese Co. Odyssey Peppercorn Feta; BelGioioso Cheese Co. CreamyGorg; Roelli Cheese Co. Red Rock; Arla Foods Castello Smoked Cracked Pepper Gouda; Roth Grand Cru […]

In Queso You Missed It: November 15th


Here’s what you might have missed this week in cheese news! Our November 15th edition of In Queso You Missed It.

World Championship Cheese Contest

9 Things I Learned at the World Championship Cheese Contest


Does it get any cheesier than Wisconsin? Yep—when you fill one room with 3,400 cheeses and curd experts from across the globe. I spent a day at the 2018 World Championship Cheese Contest, held in Madison, Wisconsin this week from March 6-8. The event was held in a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, overlooking the lake […]