13 March 2020 – Croatian cheese producer Sirana Gligora, who are based on the island of Pag, have had major success at this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest.
At this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest, which is held every two years in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, Sirana Gligora has earned prestigious honours for their acclaimed cheeses.
Gligora picked up five awards at North America’s most prestigious cheese competition and were the only cheesemakers from Croatia to win awards.
The WCCC competition is one of the most recognised in the world. This year’s competition saw more than 3,600 cheeses, yoghurts, butter and other dairy products from 26 countries in as many as 132 categories, judged by 55 judges.
The following Gilgora cheeses were awarded:
In the class of mixed, flavoured cheeses:
Best in class – Dinarski cheese aged in wine press
Second Prize – Žigljen aged in olive press
In the hard sheep cheese category:
Second prize – Likotin
In the smoked cheese category:
Third prize – Kordunski cheese
In the category of hard flavoured cheeses:
Third Prize – Kolan aged in wine press
“This is the first competition this year and the continuation of last year’s “good harvest ” of awards in the world of cheeses. We are happy because lesser-known cheeses such as the naturally smoked Kordunski cheese receive awards and also, this is a confirmation of the quality and a great tribute to the creators of these ideas. We emphasize that affinated cheeses have been rewarded again in Wisconsin, two years ago, the best cheese in its class was Žigljen affinated in wine press, and this year it was Dinarski affinated in wine press. We are proud to have successfully presented Croatia and the island of Pag this time in the cheese-making world,” Gligora said.