The month of March is time for basketball brackets, high school sports games, and also more time spent with family and friends. 75th Alice in Dairyland, Taylor Schaefer, explains more about how to make these celebrations complete with Wisconsin Dairy products.
“In Wisconsin we have more than 1,200 licensed cheesemakers that create over 600 varieties, types, and styles of cheese,” says Schaefer. “We win more awards than any other place in the world for our cheese.”
Throughout the month of March, Schaefer will be conducting the “Wisconsin Artisan Bracket.” This gives Wisconsinites the opportunity to vote for their favorite kinds of cheese. The first round of cheeses to face off are cheese spreads and gorgonzola.
Cheese spreads are a blend of natural cheese and other ingredients that are best used on crackers, sandwiches or even in recipes. You can even craft your own cheese spreads at home using almost any semi-soft or semi-hard cheese type.
Schaefer says that Gorgonzola was the country’s first blue cheese love. This sharp edged, earthy and full flavored cheese melts easily and assimilates quickly into mayonnaise, butter and sour cream to make tasty dressings, dips, spreads and sauces.
Throughout the month other cheeses will be featured as well such as Colby Jack, Aged Cheddar, Gouda, Havarti and more.
“The best way to follow along and vote is to go to my Instagram page where I will be making polls on my story,” says Schaefer. “That’s where you can vote for all of our elite eight cheeses throughout March and on March 30 we will have our final four with the announcement of our champion cheese on March 31.”
Follow along Schaefer’s journey as the 75th Alice in Dairyland on her Facebook, Instagram, twitter, or linkedin.
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