American Cheese Society convention wraps up in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO - The cheesiest convention in the city has come to a close, but all of cheese at the 31st annual American Cheese Society conference in Sacramento is for sale.

"We took in 685 entries, and that's a pretty overwhelming amount of cheeses to come on in," society's judging chairman Tom Kooiman said.

Jeremy Stevenson's Spring Brook Farms Tarentaise Reserve took home Best in Show honors for 2014.

"The whole farm in Vermont is elated!" he said.

After a judging period that took the better part of a week, an estimated 15,000 pounds of cheese is now available for the public to taste at 7 p.m. Friday.

The cheses go up for sale at the Sacramento Convention Center Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Volunteers like John Gutierrez, who drove in from Santa Fe, N.M. to help with the conference, said bringing the public in is a way to help the smaller cheese producers flourish.

"We're all here working as a team and as a community and an industry to help push this out to people and hopefully people get interested in hand-made cheese," Gutierrez said.


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