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  FARM CHEESE AWARDS : 1st international contest only reserved to raw milk farm cheeses. SIRHA GREEN, JUNE 18, 2018, LYON-EUREXPO

The association Fromages de Terroirs, whose vocation is to support, through its awareness and information actions, a dynamic of farm and artisanal production, launches the Farm Cheese Awards, an international contest entirely openned to farm cheeses made from raw milk and respectful of the environment. 100% raw milk, 100% farmer, 100% independent. On June 18, from noon to 6 p.m., on Sirha Green’s Green Stage at Lyon Eurexpo, the score of taste and quality will be played out, farm cheese against farm cheese. It is by going through a lot of cheese contests that the association had the idea of this event to offer a framework adapted to farm productions, which often do not have the means to compete, or whose characteristics by definition not formatted, are not judged according to a grid of criteria which corresponds to them. For example, defects in appearance are in most cases eliminatory or penalizing, whereas they are a quality for farm produce. Another example: for the same maturing period, a farm cheese will not offer optimal maturing for reasons of different manufacturing techniques using less technology or a less standardised quality of milk... This is why the association was convinced that it was necessary to organize a real competition dedicated, with an experienced jury, experienced in the tasting of this type of products that go off the beaten track of taste.

To know more and registration : https://www.farmcheese-awards.com



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  National and World Cheese Day, 27 March 2018 celebrates farmers’ cheeses with raw milk

With the arrival of goat’s milk cheeses in the spring to enlarge the cheese platter, National Cheese Day is a unique opportunity for Cheese Lovers to share a moment of tasting and discovery with their cheese maker or the producer near them. This year, farmers’ cheeses made with raw milk are in the spotlight all over France. You’re a cheese lover, talk to your cheese maker. You are cheesemakers, you are a producer, or artisan, you can participate in your own way by making a custom-made tasting: wine and cheese pairing, cheese plate at 4 euros, table outside with discoveries, invitation of a producer... An official poster will be sent to all participants. If you want to register, contact the association (email in the contact form), we will be happy to answer you and send you the registration details. See also the videos of the participants on Facebook: @journeneenationaledufromage

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  National and mondial cheese day, on March 27th, 2018

To your calendars ! The National Cheese Day is being revamped with a new and even more appetizing program to showcase rare cheeses, small productions made with raw milk, everywhere in France, among participating cheesemakers. You are cheesemakers and you wish to participate : contact us on the association’s email, in the contact form.

In the wake of the Salon de l’Agriculture and the Salon du Fromage, both held at the Porte de Versailles Paris in March, the 2001 National Cheese Day will be held throughout France on March 27th, reminding consumers and gastronomes that French cheese with raw milk is an important national theme. Much more than a food product, it symbolizes our culture, our know-how, the diversity and colour of our terroirs, the variety of animal breeds that have shaped the landscape, our gastronomic reputation in the world. If no one is surprised to see wine as a major cultural product, what about cheese ? Who knows the great cheese vintages ? Where can I find cheese cards in restaurants and wine shops that advise customers ? Is there a specialized press dedicated to cheese ? The association alerts French citizens to the trivialization of this highly symbolic product of a multi secular heritage.



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  The From’Girls Calendar becomes a Collector !

Dear Collectors, Dear Cheese lovers

From’Girls Calendar born in 2006, will not be published this year and will evolve in the coming months. The association is developing new art forms to continue to honor the raw milk cheeses on a trendy and contemporary tone as she always has. The old editions are still available for those who want to collect them. By purchasing these collectors, you help support our independent and unique action in France.

To order, just click right on the screen. With the exception of 2009 and 2006, all editions are available while supplies remaining stocks. Enjoy it, there will not be for everyone !! Many thanks and all the best.



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  French cheese under threat from mass production and ‘bacteriological correctness’

50 species of French cheese to have vanished in the past four decades

From John Liechfield- Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/french-cheese-under-threat-from-mass-production-and-bacteriological-correctness-a6762111.html



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  2016 From’Girls Calendar : when the cheese meets contemporary art

For the 11th edition, the Association Fromages de Terroirs chooses to explore the territory of contemporary art with the help of visual artist Séverine Metraz. Using the technique of collage, the artist plays with cheese and pin’up from previous editions. Glossy papers torn from magazines or old calendars, cheese and From’Girls take a new dimension in an unexpected universe, fun and surreal. Limited series For Christmas, you can order your calendar on this web site. Price: 20 euros + 7.80 of shipping

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  Cheese in Bra 2015, Italie : Raw milk cheese is the most valuable durable goods we have

The 10th edition of Cheese, Slow Food biennale dedicated to milk in all its forms, concludes with the very positive assessment of 270 000 visitors, including 30% from abroad. More than 300 producers from thirty countries and all continents have animated the streets and regaled visitors to their dairy products. a real discovery of even the most distant cheeses geitost Norwegian, Bulgarian cheese green ... a stroke of unexpected freshness in late summer.

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  March 27, 2015 : National Day of cheese to celebrate the raw milk cheeses !

March is ideal for exploring all the cheeses in France. With the end of winter and beginning of spring arrive on ours tables cheeses from sheep and goat. The milk is tasty and more typical. Besides winter theoretically if we respect the natural cycles, goats and sheep do not give milk, so you should not find these cheeses, except tomes aged in cellar. From the February, try fresh sheep cheeses. For example, the AOP brocciu, this typical cheese from Corsica, is eaten alone as a cheese with a little sugar and baking. The Fiadone the lemon realized with this cheese is absolutely wonderfull, and more tasty than a simple cheese cake. In March, it’s also the arrival of goat cheeses like Selles-sur-Cher AOP or the Pyramid of Valençay AOP which will become even better over the spring and summer...

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  Camembert, the most famous cheese in the world and the most popular in France

For centuries, Camembert cheese is a favorite of the French. It is also the most famous in the world but also the most copied . Everywhere we manufactures , Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden ... But all these copies will not bear the mention of Normandy Camembert AOP made ​​with raw milk. We are lucky in France to be able to find true Camembert. There are still 4 or 5 producers continue the tradition as the Fromagerie Gillot. So we have no excuses because it is marketed everywhere, even in supermarkets , and frankly the difference in taste is huge! For a few cents more, enjoy yourself.

http://www.francetvinfo.fr/culture/cuisine/le-camembert-une-reference-francaise-qui-rayonne-toujours_843167.html



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  Reblochon AOP , a French cheese born in Haute-Savoie

Haute-Savoie produced several thousand tons per year of Reblochon, a French cheese. La Clusaz (Haute-Savoie) is the birthplace of Reblochon, 3,000 tons are produced every year in twenty farms. A production, the ritual is immutable and starts with the first draft. In Donzel farm, we work with the family. At six o’clock, the youngest 23 years old, has 40 cows to milk and each provides 10 liters of milk. Then it was the turn of Marie-Louise’s mother, who will transform the raw milk into cheese...

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  Action! 2015 From’Girls Calendar stages 12 cheeses with movie stars

The traditionnal cheeses are hitting the headlines with the calendar. They are the stars.For the 10th birthday of the From’ Girls Calendar, the Association chooses to show the traditional cheese through movies where talent, beauty and celebrity make only one. Elegance, refinement, smile, colors as the 7th art, the real cheeses offers every day to the cheese lovers a universe of pleasure and dream. You can order it now on our web site, home page. Enjoy !

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  French Cheesemakers Crippled by EU Health Measures - Newsweek by Ana Pouvreau and Marc Porter, August 26, 2014

President Charles de Gaulle famously remarked on the impossibility of governing a country that produced so many cheeses. But that was in 1962. Today it might be just as hard to govern the country, but it has nothing to do with cheese - because 90% of the producers have either gone to the wall or are in the hands of the dairy giants. This is thanks to a mixture of draconian health measures in Brussels, designed to come down hard on raw milk products, and hostile buyouts by those who want to corner the market.

http://www.newsweek.com/french-cheesemakers-crippled-eu-health-measures-266799



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  The National Cheese Day celebrated her ten years old on 27th of march at Georges V Four Seasons hotel

Ten years already that the Association created this public and festive event for the gratitude of the unpasteurized milk cheese, for the preservation of the confidential and farm productions which constitute the base of our food-processing history.

It was necessary to mark the occasion by celebrating the tenth birthday of the national cheese day to Georges V together with about forty journalists and Hervé Mons.

By choosing this splendid place, our association wanted to show that if the champagne and the other great wines have their place under the golds of luxury hotels, traditionnal cheeses deserve too the same treatment, in homage to the secular inheritance which made the reputation of our cheeses in the world. Much more than quite other food, the cheese symbolizes our culture, our know-how, the variety and the color of our landscapes, the variety of the races of animals which shaped the landscapes, our gastronomic reputation in the world. If anybody does not wonder to see the wine placed to the rank of the big cultural products, that is it some cheese? Who knows the Grand Crus of cheeses? Where find menu of cheeses in restaurants and a specialist who advise the customers? The association alerts the French citizens on the everyday acceptance of this product nevertheless highly symbolic.



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The Fromages de Terroirs Association’s aim is to give the chance of makers and retailers to educate the general public and the cheese industry. Ten years ago, the Association launched the Cheese National Day which takes place every year at spring time and published six years ago the From’Girls Calendar


  Cheese or dessert ?

While formerly the cheese was the dessert, what appenned to this happy end nice-smelling which accompanies so well last drink of wine! In France, it is to the restaurant that we measure concretely the extent of damage. Often poor, the cheese is abandoned. The cheese, do you know it in France? the big country of the cheese in the eyes of the whole world, it would be justified to be able to feast simply with some good cheese to the bar as to one studed. At all the prices, for all the clienteles, as we open a good bottle of wine. The cheese, it is a journey and a discovery of the region in which we are. Few chiefs often native of some vineyard and proud to work the products of their region, make it a point of honor to make discover to their customers which nobody knows. That’s it the charm of France. At table also, the cheese is the entry key of the country.

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