When and Where is the Contest?


Judging is September 13, 2022
Deadline for entries is September 09, 2022


Bongard’s Creameries – Norwood, MN

How do I participate?

Any current member of the NCCIA can enter the Cheesemaking Contest. All entries must list the manufacture date, the name, and address of the individual entering the cheese. You can submit one entry per category.

Cheddar Block

​Cheddar Blocks must be a minimum of 40 lbs and include the manufacture date.

Entry fee: none (considered a donation)


Barrel entries must consist of 3 plugs of cheese taken at random with a barrel cheese trier. Plugs must be individually wrapped with aluminum foil (do not use plastic) and placed in a plastic bag.

Entry fee: $50


​Miscellaneaous entries must be standard commercial size. Any type of cheese (except Cheddar) may be entered in this classification:

Mozzarella, Colby, Brick, Blue, Monterey jack, Swiss, Brie, Camembert, etc.

Entry fee: none (considered a donation)​

Important Dates

Entry Deadline: 9/09/2022

Contest Judging: 9/13/2022

Cheese Auction: 10/12/2022

Contest Awards: 10/12/2022


Please make checks payable to: NCCIA Send payment to:

NCCIA 8665 Summit Peak Way, #112 Ooltewah, TN 37363

Important Documents

Judging occurs September 10th at Bongards’ Creameries in Norwood, MN. Professionally-trained judges grade all entries and provide you with an official ADSA scorecard that identifies the grade of and feedback for your product. Judges select one Grand Champion, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. Award-winning Cheeses are put up for auction at the NCCIA Annual Conference on October 11, 13. All remaining Cheese entries (except barrel) become part of the cheese buffet served during the conference auction.