I Wish I was in Montreal

Well, a lot of the cheese world is headed to Montreal right now for the annual American Cheese Society Conference. Sadly, I just couldn’t afford to go this year. It almost seemed like a relief at the time I decided to not attend; I’d been running myself ragged doing cheese things the last couple of years. But now that its here I am really sad to miss it.

Especially judging.

The judging to me is the purest part of the conference.* Just two days spent with technical and aesthetic cheese experts evaluating cheese. While one can question whether the award winners will be that spectacular in a retailer’s cooler or on a cheese plate, the integrity of the process is the best part of the cheese world. It is one of the things that makes me proud of what I do for a living.

I mean, look how serious these dudes are:

So have fun in Montreal** everyone. I’ll see you next year in Raleigh.

* I wrote about judging in 2010 and in 2007 if you want a behind the scenes look.

**If you are in the Bay Area you may want to come to the ACS Awards party that Sheana and I are putting on. Comment for info if you don’t have a facebook.

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