Judging & Competition

The American Cheese Society Judging & Competition, the largest judging and competition of its kind for American-made cheeses, takes places each year in conjunction with the ACS Annual Conference—and winners are announced at the Awards Ceremony held during the Conference. 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.

We celebrate and respect the craft of every cheesemaker who enters the ACS Judging & Competition. It is your individual efforts that continue to collectively advance the quality and character of American cheeses.

2020 Conference & Competition Decision

After deliberation, due to events outside our control, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 37th Annual ACS Conference & Competition, scheduled to take place in Portland, Oregon July 22-25.

Our team continues to support you by creating virtual networking and educational resources in partnership with industry leaders, which we are launching in May.

To best serve you, we ask 2020 conference registrants, sponsors, and Meet the Cheesemaker participants to please visit this page to explore your options.

“Although this is a great disappointment and we will miss seeing so many of our beloved friends, colleagues, and business connections, we are dedicated to prioritizing that our collective industry’s future thrives and survives this unprecedented historical moment,” said Karen Lundquist, ACS Executive Director.

We are devastated to make this decision as it is the first time since 1983 that our Annual Conference & Competition won’t be held, but know it is necessary to best support our members, colleagues, and partners. Thank you for your continued investment in us, we are stronger because of you.

You may view our full press release around our cancellation decision here.