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.

2021 Competition

After much consideration and concern for the health, safety and security of all our members, the board has decided to cancel our much-loved Judging & Competition event in 2021. The board has wrestled with the ongoing challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to create for our communities and to our annual in-person events. By making these decisions now, we ensure we have time to develop exciting alternatives and explore ways to connect with each other. We understand that many of our members count on the J&C to receive valuable feedback from expert judges. We are reimagining how we can best offer this element of ACS to our members in later in 2021 without compromising the integrity of J&Cs from years past.