Judging & Competition 2023

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The Largest cheese event of its kind will take place May 15-19, 2023, ahead of 40th Annual Conference.

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IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 15 – February 28, 2023: Call For Entries
    • Jan 15 – Feb 15 (early bird)
    • Feb 16 – Feb 28 (regular)
  • Competition 2023:
    • Receiving: May 15-17, 2023
    • Competition: May 18-19, 2023

The American Cheese Society Judging and Competition, the largest event of its kind for American-made cheeses, will take place May 15-19, 2023, at the Huntington Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, the Judging and Competition (J&C) is now held separately from the Annual Conference, with the Award Ceremony being held during the Conference.  You can view the 2022 winners here.

The ACS Competition shines the spotlight on American cheesemakers by showcasing their talents and work as leaders within the industry, both for their excellent cheesemaking and commitment to food safety. Growing from just 89 entries 37 years ago, the ACS J&C welcomed cheeses and cultured dairy products from 257 companies in 2019, when it was last held in Richmond, Virginia. Competing entries represented 35 U.S. states, 4 Canadian provinces, Mexico, and Brazil. The ACS awarded a total of 433 awards including 139 gold medals, 143 silver medals and 151 bronze medals. The 2022 event received nearly 1400 entries in 120 categories and awarded over 130 medals.

The Call for Entries for the 2023 competition will be January 15 – February 28, 2023. Receiving dates for cheese will be May 15-17, with judging from May 19-20.

By hosting the Judging & Competition, ACS hopes to shine the spotlight on American cheesemakers by showcasing their talents and work as leaders within the industry, both for their excellent cheesemaking and commitment to food safety. ACS celebrates and respects the craft of every cheesemaker who enters the ACS Judging & Competition. It is the ACS members’ efforts that continue to collectively advance the quality and character of American cheeses.