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American Cheese Society Announces 35th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh on July 25-28

American Cheese Society Announces 35th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh on July 25-28

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

More than 1,400 cheese and speciality food professionals are expected to converge on Pittsburgh, PA, this July to attend the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) 35th Annual Conference & Competition, “Forged in Cheese.” More than 2,000 cheese products are expected to face judgment in the world-renowned ACS Judging & Competition, held July 25-28 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, with top cheeses vying for Best of Show.

Nora Weiser, Executive Director, American Cheese Society“It’s exciting to see the growth of this event each year,” said Nora Weiser, Executive Director of ACS. “It is a testament to how strong the cheese community truly is. Cheesemakers, buyers, retailers, distributors—pretty much anyone who cares about making, selling, and enjoying great cheese—comes together for education, networking, and camaraderie. Business gets done, connections get made, and friendships get solidified. There is really no other professional industry event quite like it!”

WInning cheeses on display at ACS 2017

Considered the foremost educational gathering for the cheese industry in North America, the ACS Conference & Competition broke all of its previous records in 2017, showing a 10 percent growth in entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products. 2,024 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 281 companies, 36 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces, Mexico, and Colombia were represented,

The ACS Judging & Competition takes place over two days, with winners announced July 27. Winners will be celebrated at the “Festival of Cheese” on July 28, where conference attendees and the general public gather together to taste competing cheeses paired with craft beers, ciders, and specialty foods from around the country.

Guests sampling the cheeses on display at ACS 2017

In addition, a number of helpful educational events will be held, including:

  • • Opening Keynote: “Ignite Your Goals: Simple Steps to Accomplish More and Accelerate Your Success," presented by Gerry O’Brion
  • • Sensory Deep Dive: “How Sweet Are You? The Science of Taste” session with Russell Smith
  • • First come, first serve tasting sessions, including “Celebrating a Fermentation Renaissance,” “Drink the Apples – Eat the Cheese!”, “Old and New Frontiers in Bandaged Cheddar,” and “The Cornerstone Project: An American Original”
  • • ACS Certified Cheese Professional® Exam
  • • Inaugural ACS T.A.S.T.E. Test™ (Technical, Aesthetic, Sensory, Tasting Evaluation)
  • • “Meet the Cheesemaker”: Conference attendees can meet and sample cheese and cultured dairy products from more than 100 producers
  • • More than 40 educational sessions geared toward cheesemakers, retailers, and distributors

For more information regarding the ACS Conference & Competition, click here.

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