“All’ombra della Madonnina”
Special thanks to Luca Rapetti, IGA's Country Representative in Italy for this information.
The 12th Italian Goat Cheese and Yogurt Competition was held in Milan on May 6th and 7th 2017. Entitled “All’ombra della Madonnina (In the shadow of the Madonnina) referencing the little Madonna of Milan’s Cathedral, this competition was organized by ONAF (Organizzazione Nazionale Assaggiatori Formaggi - National Organization Cheese Tester, www.onaf.it) with the collaboration of ARAL (Associazione Regionale Allevatori della Lombardia – Regional Association of Farmers of Lombardy) and with the sponsorship of IGA.
More than 230 cheeses and ricotta, and almost 40 yogurts, from 62 different producers were evaluated by 50 judges chosen by the Masters Teacher ONAF to form the nine commissions involved in the judgments, lasting more than 7 hours.
Due to these numbers, it is probably the most important goat cheese and yogurt competition in Italy, able also to attract foreign producers. This year, besides the consolidated participation of cheeses from Switzerland, there were cheeses from Croatia and Japan.
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