Upper Economy cheese products are finalists in national competition

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[Upper Economy, NS] - A local (Upper Economy, Nova Scotia) cheese producer is up for a prestigious award.

Maja and Willem van den Hoek, co-owners of That Dutchman's Cheese in Upper Economy, Nova Scotia show one of their Gouda products. The van den Hoeks' Old Growler Gouda cheese and Dragon's Breath blue cheese are finalists in a national competition. 

 That Dutchman’s Cheese has been named as a finalist in the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix, hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada. The Upper Economy business has two products that are vying for the grand champion prize: old growler (gouda category) and Dragon’s Breath (blue cheese category).

There were 225 cheeses and 19 categories submitted for the competition which recognizes the high quality, versatility and great taste of Canadian cheese that is made from 100 per cent Canadian milk. Three finalists were announced for each category and were judged on flavour, texture, body, colour, appearance, and salt content.

In a press release by Merkato Communications, Phil Belanger, the competition’s jury chairman, said the selections were impressive.

“Canadian cheese makers from coast to coast are producing top quality, impressive cheeses,” said Bélanger. “The diversity we saw within the 19 categories really showcases how evolved this craft has become in Canada. From aged Cheddars to organic cheeses, cheese makers from across Canada are taking it to the next level and are the envy of other cheese making nations.”

The category champions and grand champion will be unveiled at the 2013 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Gala of Champions in Montreal on April 18.

Truro Daily News

Organizations: Merkato Communications, Daily News

Geographic location: Canada, Montreal

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