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Awards & Recognition

American Cheese Society

The American Cheese Society is considered by many to be the “Academy Awards” of the cheese industry. The American Cheese Society (ACS) awards are a prestigious and notable benchmark for cheese makers throughout the country. The cheeses are blind judged by a prestigious group of highly trained and respected cheese judges. Every attempt is made to present the cheese with no discernible distinction so that each cheese is judged fairly. Founded in 1983 to support the artisan and specialty cheese industry, the ACS is a non-profit organization that promotes product education, development and opportunities to manufacturers, suppliers and distributors within the cheese industry. Over the last 29 years, the ACS has introduced, and subsequently raised the standard and quality of cheeses distributed throughout North America. True cheese gourmands follow the ACS competition and even attend the open event at the end of the judging to have the chance to sample each year’s winners from every category.

2017

  • TX: Open Category – Washed rind cheeses aged more than 60 days – up to 42% moisture – made from mixed or other milks
    • 1st place – Zoey Goat/sheep blend

2016

  • E: Cheddars (all Cheddars – all milks)
    • EB: Cheddar wrapped in cloth, linen, aged over 12 months
      • 1st place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar

2015

  • E: Cheddars (all Cheddars – all milks)
    • EB: Cheddar wrapped in cloth, linen, aged over 12 months
      • 2nd place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
  • N: FRESH GOAT’S MILK CHEESE
    • 1st place – Plain / original

2014

  • KN: Fresh Goat’s Milk Cheese
    • 1st place: Apple Cinnamon
    • 2nd place – Chocolate Cherry
  • OU: Sheep’s Milk Cheese Aged Over 60 Days
    • 1st place – (Tania) Sheep Cheese

2013

  • T: Aged Sheep
    • 1st place – (Tania) Sheep Cheese
  • N: Fresh Goat’s Milk Cheese
    • 3rd place – Plain / original

2012

  • N: Fresh Goat’s Milk Cheese
    • NP: Flavor Added- peppers, mustards, olives… spices
      • 3rd place: Mediterranean
    • NF: Flavor Added – floral, fruits, liquors, citrus, berries, cacao
      • 3rd place – Cranberry and cinnamon
    • NH: Flavor Added – herbs, extracts, truffles, truffle oil
      • 2nd place – dill
      • 3rd place – honey
  • T: Aged Sheep
    • 2nd place – (Tania) Sheep Cheese
  • B: Soft Ripened Cheeses
    • 2nd place – Ash Goat

2011

  • Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
    • 2nd PLACE Best in Show (TIE)
  • E: Cheddars (all Cheddars – all milks)
    • EB: Cheddar wrapped in cloth, lined, aged over 12 months
      • 1st place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
  • N: Fresh Goat’s Milk Cheese
    • NO: Fresh Goat Rindless
      • 3rd place – Plain / original
    • NP: Flavor Added – peppers / spices
      • 2nd place – pesto cup

British Empire (Central Ontario Cheesemaker Association)

Canada’s longest running cheese show held its annual meeting on November 15,2012 marking the 85th year of The British Empire Cheese Competition, held by the Central Ontario Cheese Maker Association. The Central Ontario Cheesemaker Association was incorporated as a non-profit organization on August 29, 1928. The Association was founded to provide an opportunity for cheesemakers to share knowledge and techniques, in a foundling Canadian industry. The Association established the British Empire Cheese Competition, which gave cheesemakers the opportunity to compete with others around the British Empire and win bragging rights. The Association is managed entirely by volunteers.

2017

  • Class 16: Artisan Goat Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
    • 1st place
  • Class 17: Artisan Sheep
    • 1st place – Tania Sheep Cheese
  • Class 18:  (Open Class)
    • 1st place – LenBerg Farms Taavi
  • Highest Aggregate Score in Classes 13,14,16,17 for Mariposa Dairy

2013

  • Class 13: Goat Milk Cheese
    • 4th place – Apple & Cinnamon (97.95)
    • 5th place – Chipotle (97.85)
    • 7th place – Cranberry & Cinnamon (97.85)
    • 8th place – cheddar (97.85)
  • Class 16: Artisan Goat Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
    • 1st place (98.15)
  • Class 17: Artisan Sheep
    • 1st place – Tania Sheep Cheese (98.2)
  • Class 18: Light Cheese (Open Class)
    • 5th place – Goat Light (97.9)
  • Highest Aggregate Score in Classes 13,14,16,17 for Mariposa Dairy

2012

  • Class 13: Goat Milk Cheese
    • 1st place – Chocolaty Cherry (98.55)
    • 4th place – Waxed Cheddar (98.35)
    • 5th place – Cranberry & Cinnamon (98.3)
    • 6th place – Plain/ Original Chevre (98.2)
  • Class 16: Artisan Goat Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
    • 3rd place (98.00)
  • Class 17: Artisan Sheep
    • 1st place – Tania Sheep Cheese (98.00)

2011

  • Class 13: Goat Milk Cheese
    • 1st place – Cranberry and Cinnamon (96.05)
    • 2nd place – Plain / Original (95.95)
  • Class 17: Artisan Sheep
    • 1st place – Tania (Toscano) Sheep Cheese (96.05)

2010

  • Class 16: Artisan Goat
    • 1st place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar (98.00)

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Known in the industry simply as “The Royal,” this unique indoor agricultural fair and equestrian show celebrated its 90th year in 2012 with their annual meeting, held in Toronto, Canada.The Royal takes place over two weeks in November. Inaugurated in 1922 and originally housed in the Coliseum, on the grounds of Exhibition Place, the event has expanded to also take up the Direct Energy National Trade Centre and remains an important exhibit for livestock breeders. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is Canada’s most prominent agricultural event within both the provincial and national scopes. Its mandate is predominantly trade-related, featuring wine and food shopping as well as the livestock, machinery, and foodstuffs displays. Entertainment includes a rodeo, horse show, and President’s Choice SuperDogs, and of course the cheese judging.

2017

  • Class 3: Firm Cheeses
    • 1st Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
  • Class 14: Champion Variety Goat & Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – lindsay Bandaged Goat Cheddar Reserve Champion
  • Class 12: Any Cheese Made With Sheep’s Milk
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese
  • Class 7: Unflavoured Fresh
    • 1st Place – Original
  • Class 8: Flavoured Fresh
    • 3rd Place – Apple Cinnamon
  • Unsalted Butter
    • 3rd Place:  Celebrity Unsalted Goat’s Butter
  • All New Innovations – Mixed Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Zoey (Sheep and Goat Mixed Milk)

2016

  • Innovations – Mixed Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Zoey (Sheep and Goat Mixed Milk
  • Class 13: Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – zoey Cheese (94)
  • Salted Butter
    • 3rd Place: Celebrity Salted Goat’s Butter
  • Unsalted Butter
    • 3rd Place:  Celebrity Unsalted Goat’s Butter

2015

  • All New Innovations – Mixed Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Zoey (Sheep and Goat Mixed Milk) Grand Champion
  • Class 7: Unflavoured Fresh
    • 1st Place – Original
  • Class 3: Firm Cheeses
    • 1st Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar
  • Class 12: Any Cheese Made With Sheep’s Milk
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese

2014

  • Goat & Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 2nd Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar Reserve Champi
  • Class 14:  champion Variety on
  • Class 3: Firm Cheeses
    • 1st Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar (96.60)
  • Class 7: Unflavoured Fresh
    • 2nd Place – Original (96.3)
  • Class 8: Flavoured Fresh
    • 7th Place – Apple Cinnamon
    • 5th Place – Chipotle
  • Class 13: Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese (96.5)

2013

  • Class 14: Champion Variety Goat & Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese
  • Class 3: Firm Cheeses
    • 1st Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar (98.2)
    • 2nd Place – Kawartha Lakes Lenberg Farms Premium Aged Cheddar (97.7)
  • Class 4: Interior Ripened
    • 1st Place – Mediterranean (98.5)
    • 3rd Place – Sheep Feta (98.1)
  • Class 7: Unflavoured Fresh
    • 1st Place – Original (98.6)
  • Class 8: Flavoured Fresh
    • 9th Place – Apple Cinnamon
    • 11th Place – Chipotle
  • Class 13: Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese (99.1)

2012

  • Class 3: Firm Cheeses
    • 3rd Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar (95.7)
  • Class 8: Flavoured Fresh
    • 1st Place – Blueberry And Cinnamon (96.5)
    • 2nd Place – Mango (96.5)
    • 3rd Place – Cranberry And Cinnamon (96.3)
    • 4th Place – Garlic & Fine Herb
    • 5th Place – Fig
    • 6th Place – Honey
    • 9th Place – Pesto
    • 11th Place – Chocolaty Cherry
    • 12th Place – Mediterranean
  • Class 13: Sheep Milk Cheese
    • 1st Place – Tania Sheep Cheese (95.8)

2011

  • Champion: Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar firm Cheeses
    • 1st Place – Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar (99.5)
  • Unflavoured Fresh Cheese
    • 2nd Place – Plain/ Original Cup (97.3)
    • 5th Place – Plain / Original Chevre Log
  • Class 8 – Flavoured Fresh
    • 1st Place – Garlic & Fine Herb (97.6)
    • 2nd Place – Mediterranean (97.2)
    • 3rd Place – Fig (96.7)
    • 6th Place – Mango Chutney Cup
    • 9th Place – Cranberry And Cinnamon Pesto
    • 10th Place – Pesto Cup

2009

  • Class 7: Unflavoured Fresh Cheese
    • 3rd Place – Plain / Original Chevre Log
    • 6th Place – Plain/ Original Cup
  • Class 8: Flavoured Fresh
    • 3rd Place – Bruschevre (mediterranean)
    • 4th Place – Cranberry And Cinnamon
    • 5th Place – Fig
    • 7th Place – Mango Chutney Cup
    • 12th Place – Pesto Cup

The International Cheese Awards (Nantwich, UK)

This two day event, held in Nantwich, UK,  is the world’s largest cheese show, attracting 4,440+ entries.

2017

  • LBC Gold ‘Farmhouse /traditional Bandaged Cheese (DP16 category)
  • LBC Gold Goat’s Milk Cheese (DP111category)
  • Tania Highly Commended Award Sheep Milk Cheese (UK and non UK) (DP 122)
  • cranberry chevre Highly Commended Award Soft Cheese (DP155 category)
  • Tania Gold Best Canadian Cheese – sheep (DP295 category)
  • Zoey Silver Best Canadian Cheese – any Variety (DP300 category)

2015

  • LBC silver ‘aged goat cheese’  (both uk and non uk producers)
  • LBC gold BEST Canadian cheese (all categories of milk)
  • Tania gold Best Canadian sheep cheese
  • Zoey bronze Best Canadian washed rind (Zoey’s debut !)

2014

Our Tania sheep milk cheese placed first in the Canadian sheep cheese category and our Lindsay Bandaged goat Cheddar placed second in the Canadian goat cheese category. We won the overall Canadian cheese award for our entries!  See DP 294 and 295 on the results sheet.

The World Cheese Awards

For over 20 years the WORLD CHEESE AWARDS has been bringing together buyers and sellers from the dairy industry worldwide. It is the largest cheese competition on the planet attracting over 2,700 entries from 34 different countries and it was judged by over 250 experts from every corner of the globe. The BBC Good Food Show is held in Birmingham, UK Tania Wins Super Gold 2013

The Canadian Cheese Awards

The new and independent competition – with Loblaw Companies as its Marquee Sponsor – has immediately become the biggest cheese competition in Canada with 75 producers from Newfoundland to British Columbia submitting 290 cheeses for judging. Judging takes place at University of Guelph, Department of Food Science. It is the first cheese competition in Canada open to all milks used in cheesemaking – cow, goat, sheep and water buffalo – with only pure natural cheese accepted for judging. That means no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and no modified milk ingredients.

Mariposa Dairy Cheese is a finalist in FOUR CATEGORIES Mariposa Dairy WINS with Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar as THE BEST GOAT’S MILK CHEESE and Tania as THE BEST SHEEP’S MILK CHEESE.

2016

Mariposa Dairy Cheese is a finalist in SIX CATEGORIES  Mariposa Dairy WINS EACH OF THE SIX CATEGORIES with Lindsay Bandaged Cheddar two awards as THE BEST OLD CHEDDAR  and THE BEST GOAT’S MILK CHEESE – AGAIN! Tania as BEST ONTARIO CHEESE Zoey with three awards as BEST BLENDED CHEESE, BEST MIXED RIND CHEESE and BEST NEW CHEESE (in market 2015) Canadian Cheese Awards 2016 -Sial Montreal

Other Distinctions

Celebrity Wins American Graphic Design Award 2016[10]

Premier’s Award

Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence is awarded by the Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to companies who display excellence in innovation.
To help spur this innovative spirit, the Ontario government created the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. This annual program recognizes outstanding agri-food related innovators including producers, processors and organizations.

The objectives of the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence are to:

  • recognize and encourage innovators in the agri-food sector
  • foster innovation in the agri-food sector that has an effect at the farm level
  • raise awareness about the importance of agri-food innovation and its impact on the Ontario economy

Examples of innovation areas include but are not limited to:

  • improved business practices
  • response to consumer demands (e.g. new product development, value added, marketing, strategic alliances, local food)
  • environmental stewardship
  • energy and bio-economy
  • health and safety
  • food safety and traceability
  • education and marketing of the agriculture and food industry to society

2007

Mariposa Dairy for the exciting new product launch of Cranberry with Cinnamon Goat Cheese

2010

Lenberg Farms’ award for their innovative herd management system

2011

Mariposa Dairy Ltd. – Lindsay (Kawartha Lakes County) ‘Leaders in Innovation’ Premier’s Award Winner Separating curds and whey used to be a tough job at Mariposa Dairy Ltd., a producer of soft goat cheese. Workers had to hang bags on a stainless steel tree and flip them every few hours for proper drainage. The whole process was time-consuming and physically challenging until a new innovation was introduced. The dairy worked with community partners to design the “MegaPress,” a machine that separates curds and whey so quickly and efficiently that it has reduced the separation time cycle from four days to 24 hours. That makes it a lot easier to produce nearly 18,000 litres of cheese each day to meet market demand. The energy-saving press can also be preset for different moisture content levels, helping the dairy create new varieties to add to their line of award-winning cheeses. The MegaPress has increased production and created new jobs, and is helping introduce Ontario goat cheese into the global market.

Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario