Starting now and running for the next four weeks, we’re pitting our top cheese curd flavors against our best block cheese flavors in the ultimate battle for supremacy. It’s a clash of titans as 8 delectable cheese curds and 8 irresistible block cheese flavors compete for the prestigious championship title.

How to Participate

Are you ready to be a part of this cheese extravaganza? Here’s how you can join in the fun:

  1. Sample the Cheeses: Head to either of our retail stores in Ellsworth or Menomonie and indulge in a cheese-tasting experience like no other. We’ve got samples of all the competing cheeses available in-store, so you can savor each flavor and pick your favorites. (Can’t make it to a store to sample? No worries! You can still join in the fun by voting online!)
  2. Cast Your Vote: Once you’ve tried all the cheeses, it’s time to make your voice heard! You can vote for your preferred cheese varieties either in-store or online. Every vote counts, so don’t miss your chance to support your favorite cheeses.
  3. Follow the Action: Stay tuned to our social media channels and website for updates on the Cheese Challenge. We’ll be sharing behind-the-scenes glimpses, highlighting standout flavors, and keeping you informed about the latest developments in the competition.

The Cheese Champion Awaits

Who will emerge victorious in this epic showdown of cheese flavors? Will it be the squeaky goodness of our top cheese curds, or will the classic appeal of our block cheeses steal the spotlight? Only time will tell as the competition heats up and the votes roll in.

Get Involved Today!

Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of our Cheese Challenge. Gather your fellow cheese enthusiasts, gather your taste buds, and join us as we celebrate the irresistible allure of cheese. Whether you’re a fan of sharp cheddar, spicy jack, or something a little more adventurous, there’s something for everyone in this cheese-tastic event.

For us in Wisconsin, cheese curds are a staple. Those who were practically born with a cheese curd in their mouth are often surprised to learn that for many across the country, cheese curds aren’t well known. Here in the Cheese Curd Capital, we believe cheese curds are too good to keep them secret and so we’ve been working to change that.

That’s why it was fun to see our signature product mentioned in a recent article on Restaurant Business Online. Cheese curds have been popular on Midwest restaurant menus for decades, and the rest of the country is finally catching on! Cheese Curds are finding their way into the hearts (and stomachs) of food lovers everywhere. We couldn’t be prouder!

To get the full scoop on how cheese curds are winning over taste buds from coast to coast, check out the article on Restaurant Business Online here.

At Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, we’re dedicated to producing top-quality cheese products that people love. Thanks to your support, our curds continue to become a nationwide sensation.

If you haven’t tried our famous cheese curds yet, now’s the perfect time to experience the cheesy magic. Watch for Ellsworth Cooperative Cheese Curds to be mentioned by name on the menu at your favorite restaurant. Your taste buds will thank you!

October is National Cooperative Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the impact we, as cooperatives, make in our communities. A recent article published in the Pierce County Journal highlighted Ellsworth area cooperatives, including Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery.

St. Croix Economic Development Corporation and Pierce County Economic Development Corporation acknowledged both Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services for exceptional contributions to our region and how we have demonstrated our commitment to the seventh Cooperative Principle, “Concern for Community,” by actively engaging in various community projects and initiatives. You can find the full article here.

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery and our staff take our “Concern for Community” seriously. In addition to supporting local organizations like the Chambers of Commerce and various civic groups, we support our regional higher education institutions such as Chippewa Valley Technical College and the Universities of Wisconsin, as well as educational opportunities for local youth. We also lend our leadership and support to local projects by serving on committees to problem-solve community challenges.

We’re proud to be part of communities that value cooperation, leadership, and community engagement. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery is committed to continuing our role in making each of our communities a better place for everyone.

This observance isn’t just about us—Instead, we celebrate National Cooperative Month with everyone in the communities we serve. Let’s celebrate the positive changes we’re making together as we look forward for how we can make our communities even stronger in the days to come.

It’s a whole month dedicated to dairy and dairy farms. Join us in the celebration! During the month you’ll find our team deep frying cheese curds at several farm breakfasts, festivals, and events.

Mark your calendars and we’ll see you there!

Barron County June Dairy Month Breakfast

Free will offering for breakfast and nominal cost for custard sundaes. There will also be live music and door prizes.

June 3, 2023  |  6am-11am
Cory & Janelle Picknell Family Dairy Farm
790 6 ½ Ave., Prairie Farm, WI 54762






Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery Dairy Days
Taste our new Ellsworth Reserve Bourbon! Vendors will also be on hand sampling other specialties. Several great in-store discounts will be offered throughout the event including Buy One Get One Free on boats of deep fried cheese curds and free 1 lb fresh curds with every $50 purchase!

June 8-June 13, 2023  |  8am-6pm

Ellsworth Retail Store
232 N. Wallace Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011

Menomonie Retail Store
3001 County Rd B, Menomonie, WI 54751







Pepin County On the Farm Breakfast
Serving pancakes, sausage, pudding, deep fried cheese curds, milk and coffee for free-will donation.

June 10, 2023  |  6:30am-11am
Churchview Dairy (Rick & Gary Bauer)
N6294 County Road V
Durand, WI 54736











Showdown in Curdtown
You can’t beat the thrill and excitement of Showdown in Curdtown! Proceeds from the event aid the Ellsworth FFA Chapter, supporting a scholarship program and leadership development initiatives for its members. Get your tickets here.

June 10, 2023 (rain date will be June 11 at 12pm)
Pierce County Fairgrounds
364 N. Maple Street, Ellsworth, WI 54011




Goodhue County Breakfast on the Farm
Free breakfast with deep fried cheese curds and ice cream! Farm tours, petting zoo, Ag Cab Lab tractor Drive Simulator, and more! Plus, meet Princess Kay of the Milky Way and the Goodhue County Dairy Princesses.

June 16, 2023  |  7am-11am
McNamara Dairy
20200 390th Street, Goodhue, MN 55027




Pierce County Dairy Breakfast
Come enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, Ellsworth Cheese Curds, Culvers Custard, Kwik Trip Milk, water & coffee! Farm tours, kids activities, local farm history, and more! Cash only. Ages 12+ $8, Ages 5-11 $5, Ages 4 & Under free.

June 17, 2023  |  7:30am-11:30am
Maple Bud Farm, Mark Erlandson Family
N5718 530th St, Ellsworth, WI 54011





Buffalo County Dairy Breakfast
June 24, 2023  |  7am-11am
D S Farms by the Danzinger Family
W1528 County Rd E, Alma, WI, 64610







June 23-24 Cheese Curd Festival
#10 Specialty Food Festival in the Nation! It’s the event that celebrates the town’s designation as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. Cheese curd foods, tasting events, music, and more. Come try this year’s special, never-before-fried, exclusive-to-the-festival cheese curd flavor for the event… Nacho Supremo! Available ONLY at the 2023 Cheese Curd Festival! Get the details here.

June 23 & 24, 2023
East End Park, Ellsworth, WI 54011

We invite you to join us as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s Menomonie retail store! From April 20-23, 2023, we will be hosting an exciting four-day event filled with in-store specials, door prizes, and samples. We can’t wait to share this exciting milestone with our loyal customers and friends!

During our anniversary celebration, you will enjoy amazing discounts on select apparel and specialty food items. But the most exciting offer is the rare opportunity to stock up on all your favorite award-winning cheeses, including our award-winning Pepperoni Marinara Antonella, the first cheese crafted in our new Menomonie facility to earn first place recognition in national competition. This cheese was awarded the Chairman’s Trophy for most outstanding cheese at the National Milk Producers Federation Championship Cheese Contest last November.

You will also have the chance to see cheese being made through our viewing windows, and our cheesemakers will be there to answer any questions you have about cheese and cheesemaking. Plus, we’ll be serving up our famous hand-battered deep fried cheese curds, made from our all-natural cheddar cheese curds. Samples of new and popular products will also be available—hopefully you will discover some new favorites.

At Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, we’re committed to delivering the best possible products and service to our customers. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from the community throughout the past year, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds. We look forward to celebrating with you!

We met Kristin Haubrich from KSTP’s Twin Cities Live last June when she came to Ellsworth to broadcast live from the annual Cheese Curd Festival. Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s master cheese curd fryers, Dean and Shane, taught her how to fry cheese curds like a pro. It was so much fun we invited her to visit Ellsworth again to see how we make the curds.

Kristin made the trek to the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin again this week to see our production process firsthand. Each day Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery transforms 2 million pounds of milk into 200,000 pounds of fresh squeaky cheese curds. To produce the amount of cheese curds we make each day, automation and technology are an important–and impressive–part of the process.

Visitors to our Ellsworth retail store can find the fresh curds of the day available at 11am. Natural is by far the favorite among cheese curds fans. Garlic cheese curds are another top seller. Our newest flavor, Dill Pickle, and popular stand-by, Taco cheese curds are growing in popularity.

We invite you to visit one of our retail stores soon. In Ellsworth, WI, visitors can purchase the fresh curds of the day beginning at 11am. In Menomonie, WI, see the cheesemaking process through the viewing windows. Learn more here.

John Freeman, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery’s Senior Director of Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service, met up with Tammy Simon, Tourism Manager at the Menomonie Area Chamber and Visitor Center, to talk about our new Menomonie retail store and cheese production facility.

John shared some interesting facts about cheese and cheese making as well as what makes our Menomonie production plant unique among our three production facilities. Tammy was very interested in learning more about the cheeses we make, as well as the specialty food items and regional products available at our retail stores.

And since the airing of this podcast is just before Christmas, Tammy was sure to pick John’s brain for some of the most unique gift ideas for cheese lovers. We’ve linked our top gift ideas below to help you in your search.

Listen to the podcast here:

Top Gift Ideas from Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery

Ellsworth’s 2022 Gift Catalog

Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery Gift Boxes

Ellsworth Cheese Ambassador Program

Last month the National Milk Producers Federation held its 2022 Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. One of the highlights of the event is the Championship Cheese Contest where Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery took top honors! We were awarded the coveted Chairman’s Trophy for our Antonella Pepperoni and Marinara, recognizing our cooperative for producing the best cheese in the nationwide competition. What makes this award even more special is that this cheese was produced in our new Menomonie facility!

The judges were impressed with the flavor of the cheese which they found to be the perfect balance of cheese, pepperoni, marinara, and herbs. They also remarked on the technique, commenting on the difficulty of infusing meat into cheese and not having technical openings in the final product.

“It was satisfying and rewarding to see the awards table filled with Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery value-added cheeses produced at all of our locations! These awards are a true testament to our quality milk, skilled team members, and the process we’ve worked so hard to develop to produce some outstanding cheeses.” 

Paul Bauer, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery CEO/General Manager

Each of our production facilities were represented among the top awards at the contest. Our cheese curds swept the Natural Cheese Snack category, and according to an insider, our Dill Pickle Cheese Curds were also a close contender for the Chairman’s Trophy.

Unique or Mild Flavor

First Place: Antonella Pepperoni & Marinara
Second Place: Antonella Garden Vegetable with Sweet Basil

Natural Cheese Snack

First Place: Natural Dill Pickle Cheddar Cheese Curds
Second Place: Natural Hickory Bacon Cheddar Cheese Curds
Third Place: Natural Cheddar Cheese Curds

Processed American Plain

Third Place: White EZ Melt Loaf

The National Milk Producers Federation is comprised of a majority of the dairy cooperatives in the United States with its members marketing more than two-thirds of the U.S. milk supply. The contest is a competitive one, with the best producers across the US entering products and vying for top honors. This year there were a total of 216 cheese and yogurt entries.

WisBusiness reported on the awards. You can see the full article here.