Canada, it's time to celebrate cheese in a big way.

The best cheese in the country, according to the Dairy Farmers of Canada, is Quality Cheese Inc.'s Ricotta, which took the top prize as the grand champion winner at this year's Canadian Cheese Grand Prix.

This year, judges went through over 225 cheese entries, and narrowed down 58 finalists and 19 winners. Finalists came from Ontario, Quebec and Alberta.

The contest, which has been running since 1998, showcases the best cheeses made from Canadian cow's milk. Too bad for those sheep and goat's milk lovers.

As if you're not impressed yet, the winning ricotta also made Canadian cheese history. Originally made in Vaughan, Ont., this cheese was the first fresh cheese to win the award, along with being the first cheese in Ontario to hold the best in show.

"The jury found this ricotta refined, delicate and well-balanced," said Phil Belanger, chair of the jury, in a statement. "It demonstrates that a fresh cheese can be as sophisticated as an aged one," he added, highlighting its creamy texture and milky aroma.


LOOK: Check out all of the winners of the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix 2013:

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  • Best Fresh Cheese

    Ricotta, Quality Cheese Inc., Ontario

  • Best Aged Cheddar (More Than Three Years)

    5 Year Aged Cheddar, The Black River Cheese Company Ltd., Ontario

  • Best Flavoured Cheese

    Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Cows Creamery, Prince Edward Island

  • Best Aged Cheddar (One Year Up To Three Years)

    Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar, Cows Creamery, Prince Edward Island

  • Best Organic Cheese And Best Blue Cheese

    Bleu d'Élizabeth, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Quebec

  • Best Old Cheddar (Aged From Nine Months To A Year)

    Cheddar 1 year, Fromagerie Perron, Quebec

  • Best Gouda And Best Farmhouse Cheese

    Grizzly Gouda, Sylvan Star Cheese Ltd, Alberta

  • Best Firm Cheese

    Gunn's Hill Five Brothers, Gunn's Hill Artisan Cheese, Ontario

  • Best Mild Cheddar (Aged Three Months)

    L'Ancêtre Organic Mild Cheddar, Fromagerie L'Ancêtre, Quebec

  • Best Washed Or Mixed Rind Cheese (Soft, Semi-Soft And Firm)

    Le Mamirolle, Fromagerie Éco-Délices, Quebec

  • Best Soft Cheese With A Bloomy Rind

    Le Noble, Fromagerie Domaine Féodal Inc., Quebec

  • Best Swiss-Type Cheese

    Louis D'or 18 months, Fromagerie du Presbytère, Quebec

  • Best Medium Cheddar (Aged Four To Nine Months)

    Medium Cheddar, Maple Dale Cheese, Ontario

  • Best Fresh Cheese With Grilling Properties

    Queso Fresco Cheese, Latin Foods Inc., Alberta

  • Best Flavoured Cheese (With Added Non-Particulate Flavourings)

    Raclette de Compton au poivre, Fromagerie La Station, Quebec

  • Best Semi-Soft Cheese

    Tre Stelle Feta Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario

  • Best Mozzarella

    Tre Stelle Mozzarella Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario

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