The Maine Cheese Guild announces that we will offer to cover the cost of every Maine Cheese Guild member’s first ACS Competition entry for 2015. We know from past experience that the more Maine cheeses that are entered into the largest cheese competition in North America, the more Maine cheeses will win awards and illustrate the quality of cheese being made and sold in Maine.
In addition, the Maine Cheese Guild will organize a group shipment of ALL Guild entries to the ACS Competition and will subsidize up to $500 of the cost for that, splitting any additional costs among those who participate. Details on this will be sent to everyone who participates in the First Entry Reimbursement as the shipping date approaches in July.
Reimbursement for your first ACS Competition Entry is simple: enter at least one cheese in the ACS competition. Each entry is $60 and you must enter before May 9th (there is a one-week late entry period, but the Guild will reimburse for only the regular entry fee on your first entry); you must be an ACS member to participate, and you will need to be prepared to upload a picture/scan of your current local license certificate when you enter the competition on-line. When you receive your email receipt, forward that email with your mailing address to our treasurer, Mary Belding–
(littlefallsfarmcheeseATgmailDOTcom using the @ and . symbols where upper-case)
–and she will send you a check for your first entry fee.
The Guild met on Monday, May 4th at Sunset Acres in Brooksville on a beautiful sunny spring day. We heard more details on the Dairy Sanitation workshop that the Guild is co-sponsoring with UMO Cooperative Extension which is scheduled for June 1st at the Orono campus right now. We also decided on the topics for our November cheese workshop with Peter Dixon — Cheese Cultures: Old and New.