INTERNATIONAL RAW MILK CHEESE APPRECIATION DAY was Saturday, October 17, 2020!

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A celebration took place around the world as we recognized wonderful raw milk cheeses and the producers who make them. 

Check out @OldwaysCheese and #rawcheeseday on social media to connect and find out more!

Since 1999, Oldways and a group of dedicated producers, importers, retailers, and cheese lovers have advocated to preserve raw milk cheeses around the world. In 2020,  the Oldways Cheese Coalition held the 6th Annual International Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day to highlight the diversity and deliciousness of cheeses made with raw milk. Raw milk cheeses have unique flavors and histories and carry on traditional cheesemaking practices. In 2020, people around the world entered the #RawCheeseDay contest, attended Instagram Lives and in-person events, visited local cheese counters, enjoyed tasty raw milk cheeses, and followed along on social media.


Enter to Win (Really Awesome!!!) Prizes

#RawCheeseDay Contest 

Take a look at the exciting prizes we have in store for cheese lovers in the U.S. and Australia. 


Attend Instagram Live Events

Tune in for the Instagram Live Global Event. The schedule is listed below.

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Visit a Local Event or Store 

Find a #RawCheeseDay event near you on the official #RawCheeseDay map. Or, find a store and treat yourself to some delicious raw milk cheese!


Learn More About Raw Milk Cheese

Raw milk cheeses are made with milk that has not been pasteurized, or heat-treated. Pasteurization removes many of the fungi spores, yeasts, and microorganisms that make a cheese unique. There are delicious pasteurized cheeses, but raw milk cheeses are worth celebrating for their complexity of flavor, diversity, and history. 

The quality of the ingredients, the extreme care taken by producers, and the natural cheese aging process ensure that raw milk cheeses are a safe choice. Their producers represent years, even decades, of knowledge and thoughtful cheese-making. 

Interested in learning more? Here’s a good place to start: Things to Look for in a Traditional Cheese.