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BEST OF SHOW (and more!) for Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company at 2017 California State Fair Cheese Competition in Sacramento, CA

Point Reyes, CA (June 22, 2017) – This morning, on the steps of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, for the second year in a row, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company of Marin County was awarded the California State Fair’s top award: Best in Show Cows’ Milk Cheese for Bay Blue. Additionally, the company’s Original Blue won Gold in the Semi-Soft Cheese Category and Toma won Gold in the California Originals. Best of Show is awarded in a finals round of judging where the Gold ribbon winners are re-evaluated, vying to be named ‘best of the best’ out of 127 total entries from 20 separate companies.
“We are thrilled with this honor for Bay Blue as well as the other cheeses that earned awards this year. Our team continues to work diligently on making Bay Blue World-Class and receiving the coveted California Golden Bear trophy is proof that our efforts are worthwhile. It is so rewarding to be recognized and celebrated,” said Kuba Hemmerling, Head Cheese Maker. Diana Giacomini Hagan, Co-Owner of Point Reyes Farmstead agreed, “Wow! Bay Blue receiving the Golden Bear two years in a row is amazing. We are so proud of our team and over-joyed to represent the California artisan cheese community again.”


About Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company In 1959 Bob and Dean Giacomini established their successful dairy farm along Highway 1, just north of Point Reyes Station. In 2000, together with their daughters, Karen, Diana, Lynn and Jill, the family began making cheese on the farm with milk from their own herd of Holsteins. In 2010, the family opened The Fork, a culinary and educational center, offering farm-to-table educational experiences for trade and consumer customers. Diana, Lynn and Jill now own and run the company that is recognized nationally as an award-winning producer of hand-crafted, artisan cheese. The Point Reyes Farmstead product line is available at independent cheese shops and specialty grocers, at The Fork, local-area farmers’ markets and online at


Point Reyes Farmstead Marketing & Media Contact
Jill Giacomini Basch, Co-Owner/CMO, 800.591.6878,