Last weekend the annual pageant of The World Cheese Awards took place in Trondheim, Norway. 4,500 cheeses are sent from 28 countries to be judged by 264 high-level judges. The cheeses are tasted blind per category and judged on aspects such as aroma, texture of the cheese, taste and mouthfeel. The three best cheeses per category are awarded gold, silver or bronze.
CONO Kaasmakers, won prizes in this famous competition with several cheeses from the Beemster assortment. Beemster Oud 30+ won the gold medal. This cheese impressed some of the world's leading cheese experts. Cheesemaster Sjoerd Hiemstra responds to these awards: There is a huge range of cheeses at this judging. We are extremely proud that our cheese stands out again at this judging. Fair is fair, the Beemster 30+ Oud, is one of our showpieces, it's so good, and the judges taste that too!
The World Cheese Awards concluded with a final judging of 16 Super Gold cheeses. In the end, the victory was for a blue-veined cheese from a small artisan cheese dairy from Norway Gangstad Gårdsysteri.