TORONTO — Here are Eastern Ontario’s top performers at Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair last month for cheese, apples, maple syrup and honey.
Parmalat Canada Inc., at Chesterville southeast of Ottawa, was one of the big winners with four awards. In the butter category, Parmalat won for salted, five prints and cultured, five prints, while in the cheddar cheese competition, it won first for mature cheddar 12-24 months. That cheddar cheese entry, a Balderson Extra-Old Cheddar, was named grand champion cheddar.
Fifth Town Artisan Cheese at Picton won for flavoured fresh cheese in the variety cheese category. It also won two awards in the goat and sheep milk variety cheese category: Surfaced ripened and smoked jalapeno flavoured.
Mariposa Dairy at Lindsay, Ont. was tops in three goat and sheep milk variety cheeses: Firm; unflavored fresh-cream cheese; and any cheese made with sheep’s milk. Cross Wind Farm at Keene took home two awards in the goat and sheep milk variety categories: Flavoured fresh cheese and all new innovations — mixed milk cheese.
Moore Orchards at Cobourg in Northumberland County was the only Eastern Ontario farm to finish first in any apple category, winning for gala, snow and most unusual shaped apple.
McCaig Farm at Dalkeith was awarded three wins in the amateur honey categories: Liquid honey, granulated honey and comb honey – three pieces, Wood Sec. Or Plastic Rounds.
Two Eastern Ontario farms won a maple syrup award: Koopmans Maple Mountian at Picton was tops for golden/delicate taste maple syrup, while Roblin’s Maple Syrup at Picton won for stirred maple sugar.