Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese has been named the 2023 Wisconsin State Fair Grand Master Cheesemaker for the second consecutive year. Its Chocolate Mascarpone, which also took home the coveted award in 2022, again earned the prestigious title for its velvety texture and flavor.

The Grand Master Cheesemaker Award is announced each year at the end of the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest, held in partnership with the Wisconsin State Fair and Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Promotion Board. The Grand Master Cheesemaker accolade is awarded to the Grand Champion product from the top 40 first place winners from each product class. Each contest sees nearly 500 entries.

Aside from the 2023 Grand Master Cheesemaker Award for their Chocolate Mascarpone, Crave took home awards at the Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest across four categories. Crave Brothers' accolades by class and place are as follows:

  • Flavored Soft Cheese class: Chocolate Mascarpone (First) 
  • Latin American Cheese class: Oaxaca (First)
  • Mozzarella class: Fresh Mozzarella Ciliegine (Second); Fresh Mozzarella Medallions (Third)
  • Soft and Spreadable Cheese open class: Mascarpone (Second)

"To be named the Grand Master Cheesemaker for the second year in a row is an honor," said George Crave, founder of Crave Brothers. "Our commitment to crafting sustainably made, high-quality products is unwavering, and we're proud to be recognized as a top dairy producer in such a strong industry."