Queso Diego's 'Say Cheese' Contest at the San Diego County Fair

Queso Diego LogoQueso Diego is once again sponsoring the 'Say Cheese' Homemade Cheese contest this year at the San Diego County Fair!  This contest will once again be a One-Day Home & Hobby Contest, no pre-registration or entry fees are required. Bring your prepared item and the typed or printed recipe form found online here. We will no longer accept other types of recipe forms. No exceptions! Deliver entries between opening time of the Fair and 12:45pm on Saturday June 1st to Home & Hobby exhibit located on the 2nd floor, west end of the Grandstand. Judging starts at 1:00pm and once the judging process starts, no late entries will be accepted. Your entry and entry contest form will admit you into the Fair for FREE. Exhibitors must personally deliver their entries.

Limit: Two entries per class
Recipe: Must submit completed recipe form found on the Home & Hobby One-Day Contest page at https://sdfair.com/contests/home-hobby-contests/. Recipes must be original, unpublished, named, and the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted to any other contests. Recipes must clearly list ALL ingredients with measurements, preparation instructions, cooking times, and number of servings.All recipes become property of the San Diego County Fair. San Diego County Fair and Queso Diego -The San Diego Cheese Club reserves the right to edit, adapt, copyright, publish and use any or all of the recipes including for publicity, promotion and/or advertising with no compensation. Winner names, images and statements may be published.
Judging Criteria: Flavor, Originality, & Appearance 

1 Fresh – (ex. Ricotta, Mozzarella, Chèvre, Queso fresco, Cottage cheese, Farmer's cheese, cheese curds)
2 Flavored soft- (ex. herbed/spiced Chévre, Ricotta, Mascarpone, etc.,) 
3 Flavored semi-hard/hard – (ex. sage Cheddar, caraway Gouda, saffron Manchego, aged Cabra al vino) 
4 Brined – (ex. Feta, Halloumi) 
5 Bloomy - any milk type - (ex. Camembert, Brie, double/triple crème, Bloomy goat, Valencay (please specify milk) 
6 Blue Mold - blue cheeses (any style with significant blue mold character) 
7 Semi-Soft/Washed Rind – (Munster, young Gouda, any washed rind cheese (please specify wash) 
8 Hard & American Style – (ex. Cheddar, aged Gouda, 'American Original’s': Colby, Jack, etc.; long- aged Pecorino, Parmesan, etc.) 
9 Other – smoked or unique style cheeses (e.g., Gjetost)

- 1st Place: Prize worth $40 
- 2nd Place: Prize worth $20 
- 3rd Place: Prize worth $15 
- Best of Show: Prize worth $75




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