Cleveland Convention and Visitors — 2010_2011 Fall_Winter
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Smile And Say Goat Cheese
John Booth

Our food scene here isn’t exactly a secret.

But it’s a good bet you didn’t know that Northeast Ohio has is building reputation for the award-winning gourmet cheeses crafted at the region’s goat milk dairies, or that these artisan cheeses are helping bolster the “farm-to-table” dining that brings unequaled freshness and variety to so many area restaurants.

Cleveland’s Lake Erie Creamery, for instance, offers five handmade goat’s milk cheeses, including their soft-ripened Blomma, which took the Grand Prize for Dairy at the 2008 Gallo Family Vineyards Gold Medal Awards. And the goat milk for this urban creamery comes from neighboring Portage County’s family-run Cherry Lane Farm.You can savor Lake Erie Creamery’s handiwork with a visit to world-class restaurants like the Bistro on Lincoln Park and fire food and drink ( —all who have had it on their menus.

Mackenzie Creamery in Hiram offers ten intriguing and tempting varieties of its goat milk cheeses.In addition to the likes of Black Truffle and Garlic Chive, Mackenzie offers more adventurous creations like its “Sweet Fire” (which includes blackberry and hot pepper flavors) and “You Say Tomato.”

This rural Portage County cheese-maker has also raked in big awards, receiving Best of Show, Reserved Best of Show, one second place and two first place awards in 2007 at the American Dairy Goat Association National Cheese Competition.

You can find both of these marvelous artisan products at Cleveland’s historic West Side Market ( and other foodie-friendly retail outlets.