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 Originally made in Vaughan, Ont., this cheese was the first fresh cheese to win the award, along with being the first cheese in Ontario to hold the best in show.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:
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
Tre Stelle Mozzarella Cheese, Arla Foods Inc., Ontario
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