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Ohio State Fair Contest: This year’s winners for this contest were announced and awarded in six classifications:
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National Dairy Month Contest: The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications.
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Pearl Valley Cheese gains recognition as one of the best in the nation at the US Cheese Championships...
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Guggisberg Cheese Factory Takes Top Spot At 2013 World Cheese Championship.... Baby Swiss and Guggisberg Cheese Factory in the News >>

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Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake recipe

Creamy Swiss Chicken Bake

4-6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
6-8 Slices Swiss Cheese
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
¾ cup grated Parmesan Cheese (divided)
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
Cooked Rice to serve over (optional)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 375.
Pat chicken dry and place in a greased 9x13 pan.
Add sliced cheese on top of chicken breasts.
In a bowl mix mayonnaise, sour cream, ½ cup Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread this over chicken and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 1 hour. Serve over rice if desired or serve alone.

Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, Inc. National Dairy Month contest results

The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association announces the winners for the 2017 National Dairy Month contest held on Wednesday, June 8, 2017 at Pearl Valley Cheese in Fresno, Ohio. This contest is the first of three contests held during the year that determines the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers for the year of 2017.
This contest awarded the cheesemakers for two classifications: Swiss Class and Open Class (various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss classification.)

Winners for the Swiss Class are as follows:

First place – Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg, Ohio
Second place – Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, Ohio
Third Place – Broad Run Dairy, Dover, Ohio.

Winners for the Open Class are as follows:

First Place – Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio – Jersey Fresh cheese
Second Place – Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, Ohio – Colby
Third Place – Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg, Ohio – Butter cheese.

Other varieties of cheese entered were Mild Cheddar and Sharp Cheddar by Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield, Ohio; Marble and Gouda cheese by Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio; Marble and Lacey Swiss cheese by Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, Ohio and Baby Swiss cheese by Guggisberg Cheese Co., Millersburg, Ohio.
The cheese was judged Grade A by Dave Yaggi, cheese buyer, John Jorg, former cheesemaker, Mike Felton, former cheesemaker, Paul Chervenak, cheese buyer and Tom Mueller, former cheesemaker.
The second of the three 2017 contests, the Ohio State Fair contest, will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017.


Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, Inc.
Ohio State Fair Contest - July 19, 2016

The second of three contests held during 2016 to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers for the year of 2016 was held Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio.

This year’s winners for this contest were announced and awarded in six classifications:

Rineless Swiss Class:

First Place (Blue Ribbon) Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, Ohio
Second Place (Red Ribbon) Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio
Third Place (White Ribbon) Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, Ohio

Other Swiss Class:

There were 2 entries for this classification, both submitted by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio. These entries, Lacey Swiss and Lacey Baby Swiss, both received the same number of points, tying for first place.

Mild Cheddar Class:

First Place (Blue Ribbon) Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield, Ohio
Second Place (Red Ribbon) Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio

Open Class: (Various cheeses, flavored and unflavored, made of cow’s milk)

First Place (Blue Ribbon) Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield, Ohio – (Pepper Jack)
Second Place (Red Ribbon) Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio – (Smoked Salted Yogurt Culture) Third Place (White Ribbon) Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH – (Ghost Pepper)

Other cheese was entered by Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH – Colby, Marble, Pepper Jack; and Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, Ohio – Smoked Swiss.

Soft and Spreadable Class: (Cheese containing greater than 51% moisture)

First Place (Blue Ribbon) Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio – (Feta)
Second Place (Red Ribbon) Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine, Ohio – (Lemon Jewel Quark)

Goat and Sheep Class:

First Place (Blue Ribbon) Blue Jacket Dairy, Bellefontaine, Ohio – Arrowhead Herb Chevre

Judges for this contest were Kevin Watts, cheese buyer, Mike Felton, former cheesemaker, Doug Randles, cheese buyer, James Troyer, cheese buyer, Shannon Welsh, cheese buyer, Samantha Bosma, cheese team leader, Deanna Lewis, cheese team leader and Janice Deuble, cheese quality technician. All cheese was judged Grade A.

For the Ohio State Fair: Guggisberg Cheese Factory received the Grand Champion Rosette for their Swiss Cheese. Bunker Hill Cheese received the Reserve Champion Rosette for their for their smoked salted yogurt cultured cheese.


OHIO SWISS CHEESE ASSOCIATION
Dairy Month Contest - June 9, 2016

The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association held its first cheese contest for 2016 – Dairy Month Contest – on June 9, 2016. The OSCA holds these contests to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion for 2016 to be awarded at the annual Swiss Festival.

The Winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications:

Swiss Class:

First Place: Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH
Second Place: Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, OH
Third Place: Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, OH
Fourth Place: Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield, OH

Open Class:

First Place: Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, Ohio for their Marble Cheese.
Second Place: Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH for their Baby Swiss.
Third Place: Middlefield Original Cheese, Middlefield, OH for their Mild Cheddar.


Other cheeses were entered by Bunker Hill Cheese (Mild Cheddar, Butter, Gouda, Alpine); Middlefield Original Cheese (Marble); and Pearl Valley Cheese (Colby, Baby, Lacey Baby).

The judges for this contest were John Jorg, former cheesemaker, Mike Felton, former cheese maker, Doug Randles, cheese buyer and Jonas Troyer, cheese buyer. All cheese was judged Grade A.

The next contest sponsored by the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association will held July 19, 2016 for the Ohio State Fair.


2014 Ohio Swiss Festival Contest

This is the third and final contest held during the year of 2014 to determine the 2014 Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Cheesemakers. The winners of this final contest are as follows:

Swiss Classification:

First Place - Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, OH
Second Place - Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH
Third Place - Broad Run Dairy, Dover, OH
Other Swiss cheese was entered by E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH.

Open Classification:

First Place - E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH (Muenster)
Second Place - Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH (Gouda)
Third Place - Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH (Butter)

Multiple varieties of cheeses were entered in this Open Classification. These include Colby, Lacey baby, pepper jack, marble, baby Swiss, smoked Swiss, jalapeño yogurt, jalapeño muenster, chipotle pepper jack and fresh cheese curds.

After these three contests for 2014 Guggisberg Cheese Factory was awarded Grand Champion Cheesemaker with the Reserve Champion award going to Pearl Valley Cheese Co. in the Swiss cheese classification. In the Open Classification, the Grand Champion Cheesemaker award was presented to Bunker Hill Cheese for their Gouda cheese. Judges for this contest were Tom Mueller, former Cheesemaker; Mark Coblentz, LaVern Coblentz and Dave Yaggi, cheese buyers. All cheese was judged Grade A.


Ohio State Fair Contest
July 8, 2014

This is the second of three contests held during the year of 2014 to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers for the year of 2014.
The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications:

Swiss Class:

First Place (Blue Ribbon)-Guggisberg Cheese Factory Millersburg, Ohio
Second Place (Red Ribbon)- Pearl Valley Cheese Co. Fresno, Ohio
Third Place (White Ribbon)- Broad Run Cheesehouse Dover, Ohio
Other Swiss cheese was entered by E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, Ohio

Open Class:

(Various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss classification)
First Place (Blue Ribbon)-Guggisberg Cheese Factory (for their Butter cheese)
Second Place (Red Ribbon)- Pearl Valley Cheese Co. (for their Colby)
Third Place (White Ribbon)- Bunker Hill Cheese (for their Marble)
Other cheeses entered:
Bunker Hill Cheese - Colby, Gouda and Jalapeno Yogurt;
Pearl Valley Cheese Co. - Marble, Lacey Swiss, Lacey Baby and Pepper Jack;
E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC - Muenster, Baby Swiss, Lacey Baby, Smoked Swiss and Jalapeno Muenster;
Guggisberg Cheese Factory - Baby Swiss

Judges for this contest were: Scott Schillig-Cheese grader, Paul Mueller-former Cheesemaker, and Kevin Watts-Cheese buyer. All cheese was judged Grade A.

For the Ohio State Fair: Guggisberg Cheese Factory received the Grand Champion Rosette for their Swiss Cheese and also received the Reserve Champion Rosette for their Butter Cheese



National Dairy Month
Contest June 11, 2014

This is the first of three contests held during the year of 2014 to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers for the year of 2014.
The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications:

Swiss Classification:

First place - Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, Ohio
Second place - Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, Ohio
Third place - Pearl Valley Cheese, Fresno, Ohio
Other Swiss cheese was entered by E. S. Steiner Dairy, Baltic, Ohio

Open Class: (Various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss classification):

First place - Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, Ohio (for their Gouda)
Second place - Guggisberg Cheese Factory (for their Baby Swiss)
Third place - Guggisberg Cheese Factory (for their Butter Cheese)
Other cheeses were entered by:
E.S. Steiner Dairy (Muenster, Baby Swiss, Lacey Baby Swiss, Smoked Swiss and Jalapeno Muenster);
Pearl Valley Cheese (Marble, Baby Swiss, Lacey Baby, Cheese Curd and Chipotle Pepper Jack);
Bunker Hill Cheese (Colby, Marble and Jalapeno Pepper Yogurt Cultured).

Judges for this contest were: John Jorg, former cheesemaker; Doug Randles, cheese buyer; and John Troyer, cheese buyer. All cheese was judged Grade A.

The Ohio State Fair contest, the second of the three contests, will be held July 8, 2014.

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Amish Country Cheese Makers Broad Run CheesehouseIt's How You Say Cheese

“It’s not a good thing for Ohio or the nation,” said Chad Schindler, president of Broad Run Cheesehouse, located between Dover and Sugarcreek.

His family has been in the cheese business for more than 50 years.

According to The Associated Press, the European Union argues that American-made cheeses pale compared to the originals and cut into sales and identity of authentic European varieties.

The law it seeks to enforce is aimed at protecting the reputation of regional foods and helping farmers maintain value.

It would apply to a variety of common cheese names, including Asiago, Cheddar, Camembert, Edam, Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Provolone, Ricotta, Roquefort and Stilton, as well as to certain meat products, wines including Champagne, spirits and “aromatized drinks,” such as Sangria.

“The specialty cheese business is very important to the largest commercial plants and to the smallest farmstead cheesemakers, as well as the milk producers who provide them with milk,” Schindler said.

He added, “There are too many factors that go into making certain cheeses than just where they’re made for this initiative to make sense. The only difference is cows eating European feed as opposed to American feed.”

The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association said in a statement, “The common names Swiss, Parmesan and Gouda are identifying terms on how the cheese is produced, not the location of its production. It’s an inappropriately far-reaching attempt to confuse the consumer concerning products produced in the U.S. If the cheeses were named Switzerland, Greek or Parma, there would be a viable argument. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has monitored and granted these types of cheese manufacturing procedures/processes the standard of identity respective to the use of these names, by federal law, since the late 1960s and early 1970s.”

If these rules are implemented, it would decrease the supply of the affected cheeses and increase the price for consumers, Schindler said.
Read more at The Times Reporter >>

 


 

CHEESE RESTRICTIONS WOULD HAVE LOCAL IMPACT

BERLIN, Ohio --A new trade law being negotiated through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership poses a threat to domestic cheese industries, including local dairy producers like Bunker Hill Cheese Co. If passed, dairy producers in the United States would no longer be able to use many common names for their cheeses. Read more at The Daily Record >>

 


 

Pearl Valley Wins Gold Medal at 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest

Pearl Valley Cheese World Championship Cheese manufacturerFRESNO, OHIO – Pearl Valley Cheese, a four generation, family owned business, has been making award winning Swiss Cheese for over 85 years and the honors are still rolling in.  A panel of international cheese experts judging the 2014 World Championship Cheese Contest recently awarded Pear l Valley a Gold Medal in the Rindless Swiss Cheese Class. 

“For cheesemakers, this is like winning the Super Bowl,” said Company President Chuck Ellis.  “We attribute our success to God blessing us with employees who are constantly striving to improve our quality, local dairy farmers who continually provide an excellent milk supply, and our loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years. To come out at the top among our peers in the cheese industry at such a competitive contest is a major accomplishment in the history of our company.” 

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OHIO SWISS CHEESE ASSOCIATION, INC.

Ohio Swiss Festival Contest

September 25, 2013

This is the third and final contest held during the year of 2013 to determine the 2013 Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers.

The winners of this final contest are as follows:

Swiss Classification:

Gold (1st place) - Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH

Silver (2nd place) - Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, OH

Bronze (3rd place) - Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH

Other Swiss cheese was entered by E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH.

Open Classification:

Gold - Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH (Jalapeno Yogurt)

Silver - E. S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH (Muenster)

Bronze - Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH (Farmers)

Other cheeses in this classification included multiple varieties of Colby, lacy baby, pepper jack, Gouda, marble, baby Swiss, aged Swiss, smoked Swiss, Jalapeno Muenster and chipotle jack.

The 2013 Grand Champion title goes to Guggisberg Cheese Factory of Millersburg, with the Reserve Championship going to Broad Run Dairy, Dover.

Judges for this contest were Tom Mueller and John Jorg, former cheesemakers; Kevin Watts and Doug Randles, cheese buyers. All cheese was judged Grade A.

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Baby Swiss and Guggisberg Cheese Factory in the News.

GUGGISBERG CHEESE FACTORY TAKES FIRST PLACE

MILLERSBURG, OHIO — On Wednesday, June 19th, the first of three contests in the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association’s competition to determine this year’s Grand Champion Cheesemaker was held at Heini’s Cheese in Bunker Hill. Guggisberg Cheese Factory in Millersburg, was awarded first place to take the early lead in this year’s competition. Guggisberg’s Baby Swiss cheese also received 1st place in the “Open” category. The competition works on a point system. For each contest, the state’s Swiss manufacturers submit a sample to be judged, and each leg of the competition pays a set amount of points based on where their cheese is ranked by the judges. At the end of the three contests, the manufacturer with the most points is dubbed Grand Champion Cheesemaker. The next contest will be held for the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Tuesday, July 23rd, and the final contest is to be held at the Swiss Festival in Sugarcreek on Wednesday, September 25th.

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GUGGISBERG CHEESE FACTORY TAKES GOLD AGAIN AT 2013 U.S. CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST

MILLERSBURG, OHIO — For the third consecutive year, Guggisberg Cheese Factory has claimed the top spot at the 2013 United States Champion Cheese Contest, taking first place as along with third for their Premium Swiss cheese. The contest, which takes place every-other year, was held on March 12th through 13th at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

It is considered to be one of the most prestigious competitions in the country. More than 1,700 cheese submissions from 30 different states were split into one of 82 classes. Within each class, cheeses were scored on a 100-point scale by a panel consisting of professional judges from within the industry and universities. The three highest-scoring cheeses in each category, judged on flavor and body, were awarded trophies. The Guggisberg Cheese Factory submissions were rind less 200-pound Swiss blocks, which finished 1st (Scoring 99.50), and 3rd (99.40).

 

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Ohio Swiss Festival Cheese Maker ChampionOhio State Fair Contest

This is the second of three contests held during the year of 2013 to determine the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion cheesemakers for the year of 2013.

The winners for this contest were announced and awarded for two classifications:
Swiss Class
Gold (1st prize):Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, Ohio
Silver (2nd prize): Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, Ohio
Bronze (3rd prize): Broad Run Cheesehouse, Dover, Ohio
Other Swiss cheese was entered by E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, Ohio


Open Class (Various cheeses that do not fall in the Swiss classification)
Gold: Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH (Marble Cheese)
Silver: Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH (Yellow Colby)
Bronze: E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH (Baby Swiss)

Other cheese was entered by:
Bunker Hill Cheese, Millersburg, OH—Mild Cheddar, Butter Cheese and Jalapeno
Pearl Valley Cheese Co., Fresno, OH—Colby, Lacy Baby Swiss and Pepper Jack
E.S. Steiner Dairy LLC, Baltic, OH—Smoked Swiss and Lacy Baby Swiss
Guggisberg Cheese Factory, Millersburg, OH—Baby Swiss.

Judges for this contest were:
Scott Schillig, Cheese Grader
Paul Mueller, former Cheesemaker
Michael Felton, former Cheesemaker.
All cheese qualified for Blue Ribbons, and all cheese was judged Grade A.

For the Ohio State Fair: Guggisberg Cheese Factory. received the Grand Champion Rosette
for their Swiss Cheese, and Pearl Valley Cheese Co. received the Reserve Champion
Rosette for their Swiss Cheese.

 

Ohio Swiss Festival Cheese Maker ChampionThe Ohio Swiss Festival
 Sept. 27 - 28, 2013
Sugarcreek, Ohio

The Ohio Swiss Festival is held every year since 1953 in "The Little Switzerland of Ohio." It is a joint effort of the Ohio Swiss Cheese Association, The Sugarcreek Business Association, and the Village of Sugarcreek. Over 20 local organizations participate. Many have specialty food booths such as Fry pies, apple fritters, home made soups and sandwiches, Swiss cheese, Trail Bologna, and barbecue meats. Others host luncheons, Park cars, and run events.

In addition to dancing to Polka music, there is a Men and Woman’s cheese eating contest, award winning cheese auction, Steintossen, 5K and 1 mile run/walk, Yodeling contest, and Swiss costume contest. There is a wine tasting-only tent featuring local, award-winning wines and cheese. Full bottles and blocks of cheese are available for purchase once you’ve found your favorite.

The Swiss Festival Schedule:

September in Sugarcreek.

All day entertainment and fun September.
Two parades, Steintossen, food, rides, crafts and fun.

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