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Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert Tops NYS Fair Dairy Products Competition

Syracuse, NY—Old Chatham Creamery of Old Chatham, NY won the Grand Champion title at the 2017 New York State Fair Dairy Products Competition for its Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert.

The winning cheese earned a score of 99.50 in the Goat & Sheep’s Milk Soft Cheese Class.

“The Old Chatham Creamery Team is honored and excited to accept the 2017 Dairy Products Competition Grand Champion Ribbon,” said Allyson Brennan, national sales and marketing manager, Old Chatham Creamery.

“We are committed to producing high quality cheese and yogurt in the great state of New York,” she continued.

The state’s top-scoring fluid milk belongs to Stewarts Processing of Saratoga Springs, which received a final score of 93.6 percent.

“This is a great time to share our appreciation for the family farms that always provide us fresh, quality milk, as well as commend the hard work of our own employees,” said Gary Dake, president, Stewart’s Shops.

Each entry was evaluated by a team of 11 expert judges, headed up by chief judge Heather Spraker from the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets’ Division of Milk Control.

Gold, Silver and Award of Excellence winners in each of the 23 classes are as follows:

Current Cheddar
Gold medal: McCadam Cheese Co., Chateaugay, 98.00
Silver medal: McCadam Cheese, 97.50
Award of Excellence: McCadam, 97.00

Aged Cheddar
Gold medal: McCadam Cheese, 98.00
Silver medal: Great Lakes Cheese, Cuba, NY, 97.50
Award of Excellence: Great Lakes Cheese, 96.00

Super Aged Cheddar
Gold medal: Great Lakes Cheese, 99.00
Silver medal: Great Lakes Cheese, 98.00
Award of Excellence: Great Lakes Cheese, 97.50

Full Fat Cottage Cheese
Gold medal: Saputo Dairy Foods, Friendship, NY, 99.00
Silver medal: Saputo, Friendship, 98.50
Award of Excellence: HP Hood, La Fargeville, 98.00

Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Gold medal: Saputo, Friendship, 100.00
Silver medal: HP Hood, Arkport, 98.50
Award of Excellence: Saputo, Friendship, 98.00

Nonfat Cottage Cheese
Gold medal: HP Hood, La Fargeville, 99.50
Silver medal: HP Hood, Arkport, 99.00
Award of Excellence: HP Hood, La Fargeville, 98.50

Low Moisture Mozzarella
Gold medal: Empire Cheese, Inc., Cuba, NY, 97.00
Silver medal: Sorrento, Buffalo, 95.50
Award of Excellence: Empire Cheese, 95.00

Ricotta
Gold medal: Sorrento Lactalis, 99.00
Silver medal: Sorrento Lactalis, 98.50
Award of Excellence: Castelli America, Ashville, 97.50

Provolone
Gold medal: Empire Cheese, Smoked Provolone, 99.00
Silver medal: Sorrento Lactalis, Buffalo, Low Sodium Provolone, 98.00
Award of Excellence: Empire, Smoked Provolone, 97.00

Cold Pack/Process Cheese
Gold medal: Original Herkimer Cheese Co., Herkimer, Port Wine, 98.00
Silver medal: Original Herkimer Cheese Co., Colored Sharp, 97.00
Award of Excellence: Original Herkimer Cheese Co., Original Chutter, 96.00

Flavored Natural Cheese
Gold medal: Ripley Farms, Moravia, Pepper Jack, 99.00
Silver medal: McCadam, Bacon Cheddar, 98.00
Award of Excellence: Tumino Cheese Co., King Ferry, Kidders, 97.00

Open Class Cheese
Gold medal: McCadam, Muenster, 99.00
Silver medal: Tumino Cheese, Captain Ogden, 98.50
Award of Excellence: Empire Cheese, String Cheese, 98.00

Goat/Sheep Soft Cheese
Gold medal: Old Chatham Creamery, Nancy’s Hudson Valley Camembert, 99.50
Silver medal: Coach Farms, Triple Cream, 99.00
Award of Excellence winner: Old Chatham, Kinderhook Creek, 98.50

Goat/Sheep Hard Cheese
Gold medal: Three Village Cheese, Poland, Cascadita, 99.50
Silver medal: Alan White, Two Stones Farm, Halcott Center, Betta, 98.00
Award of Excellence: Alan White, Two Stones Farm, Mountain Medley, 95.50

Farmstead/Artisan Soft Cow’s Milk
Gold medal: Tumino Cheese, Tumino Acido, 98.00
Silver medal: Four Fat Fowl, Stephentown, Triple Cream, 97.00
Award of Excellence: Chaseholm Creamery, Pine Plains, Triple Cream, 96.00

Farmstead/Artisan Hard Cow’s Milk Cheese
Gold medal: Easthill Creamery, Perry, Underpass, 98.00
Silver medal: Reverie Creamery, Mayville, Wanderer, 97.50
Award of Excellence: Jake’s Gouda Cheese, Deansboro, Baby Gouda, 96.00

Sour Cream
Gold medal: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Buffalo, 100.00
Silver medal: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, 99.00
Award of Excellence: Saputo, Friendship, 98.00

Buttermilk
Gold medal: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, 98.50
Silver: HP Hood, Arkport, 98.00
Award of Excellence: Saputo, Friendship, 97.50

Dairy Dips
Gold medal: HP Hood, Arkport, French Onion, 99.50
Silver medal: HP Hood, Arkport, Bacon Horseradish, 99.00
Award of Excellence: HP Hood, Arkport, French Onion, 98.50

Plain Yogurt
Gold medal: Argyle Cheese Farmer, Argyle, 100.00
Silver medal: Old Chatham Creamery, 99.50
Award of Excellence: HP Hood, Vernon, 99.00

Flavored Yogurt
Gold medal: Nounos Creamery, Southampton, Lowfat Coconut Mango, 100.00
Silver medal: Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Black Cherry Nonfat Greek Yogurt, 99.50
Award of Excellence: Argyle Cheese Farmer, Maple Greek Yogurt, 99.00

Fluid Milk
Gold medal: Stewarts Processing, Saratoga Springs, 93.6 percent
Silver medal: Battenkill Valley Creamery, Salem, 90.4 percent
Award of Excellence: Upstate Farms, Rochester, 89.1 percent.

In addition to the Dairy Products Competition, dairy attractions and exhibits are featured during all 13 days of the fair in the Dairy Products Building.

The Milk Bar continues to offer cold white or chocolate milk, and back for a fourth year, a sculptor will be carving images out of a block of New York State Cheddar.
The fair runs now through Aug. 4. For more information, visit www.nysfair.ny.gov.