Advance registration for this year's conference has closed - but you can still register on-site by visiting the Registration Desk in the 5th Floor Foyer at the Palais des Congr�s beginning on Wednesday, August 3 at 3 pm.
To expedite your registration, print and complete this PDF Registration Form. You won't want to miss the great line-up of sessions, speakers , and events we've got planned.
See who's attending, check out our generous sponsors, and plan to be a part of Cheese & Fromage: Common Cultures, August 3-6, 2011!
We Still Need Your Support: Serve as a Volunteer in Montr�al!
ACS is still seeking additional volunteers to support the 2011 Conference & Competition in Montr�al. If you love cheese, don't miss this opportunity to work closely with leaders in the industry, and get a behind-the-scenes view of our events!
In particular, volunteers are needed early each morning, and on Saturday, August 6 between the last educational session and the Festival of Cheese. If you are attending conference and might have some time to offer as a volunteer, please contact [email protected]
All volunteers receive a t-shirt, and a complimentary ticket to the Festival of Cheese.
Interested in volunteering? Sign up online
2011 Conference Attendee List
A complete list of 2011 ACS Conference attendees is now available online
. We encourage you to review the list in advance to find out who will be attending this year!
Be a part of the excitement in Montr�al and spread the good cheese word far and wide. Tweet as you go, post your photos to the ACS Facebook page, and blog away!
Be sure to check with your cell phone provider about adding a Canada supplement to your plan before you leave.
"Cash-and-Carry" after Festival of Cheese replaces Cheese Sale
Due to Qu�bec regulations on the import, commercial labeling, and sale of competition cheeses, ACS is unable to hold its annual Cheese Sale this year. Instead, please plan on bringing some cash to the Festival of Cheese on Saturday night. As you leave, we'll have grab-bags of cheese ready to go with suggested donation amounts of $10 and $25. Proceeds will support Cheesemaker Scholarships to our 2012 Conference.
Cash-and-carry only, exact change (US and CA funds accepted). Please show your support for this great cause!
Note: To minimize waste, ACS has also arranged to donate excess cheese to Montr�al food banks for distribution to those in need.
Certification Exam for Cheese Professionals
Be sure to visit the Certification Exam information table in Room 517A to meet ACS's newest team member, Jane Bauer, Education and Outreach Manager. You'll have a chance to learn about Certification Exam eligibility requirements, pick up an application form, review the areas of knowledge the exam will cover, and find out how you can be among the first class to sit for the exam next year!
The American Cheese Education Foundation pins its hopes on you!
At this year's conference, you'll find fun, cheesy pins we hope you'll wear and enjoy. They also make a great, easy-to-pack gift to bring back home to your whole staff!
We ask that for each pin you'd like to take, you make a donation of $1 per pin (US and CA funds accepted). Proceeds will support the American Cheese Education Foundation to fund cheesemaker scholarships - and help make up for lost Cheese Sale revenues this year. Look for pins and donation boxes near the Registration Desk.
There's an App for That
Are you hoping to brush up on your French before making the trip to Montr�al? Here are some websites and apps that you may find useful, both before and during your stay:
French Word of the Day: Pick up some French lingo with this fun app for the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch.
Google Translate: Quickly translate French-to-English, or English-to-French, on this site - or download the app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Talk to Me
: This speech-to-speech translation app works on Android devices.
Academy of Cheese
ACS has a few important awards that recognize the valuable contribution members have made over the years to the cheese industry. The Lifetime Achievement award is one of those, recognizing individuals who have dedicated their careers to the cheese industry. Another is the Academy of Cheese, which recognizes groups of individuals who worked to achieve a common goal of advancing some aspect of our industry.
This year in Montr�al, ACS will welcome a group of seven distinguished inductees to the Academy of Cheese. These individuals were pivotal in advancing artisan cheese in America. Don't miss the Business Meeting, where they will be inducted into the Academy, and recognized for their valuable work.
Map Your Montr�al and Qu�bec Cheese Trails
Do you plan to explore the cheese communities of Montr�al, or the wider Qu�bec region, during your visit to Canada
? We hope you'll find these printable maps useful!
Although we will have hard copies available at the Palais des congr�s, we strongly encourage you to print copies before your trip. Brush up on the fromageries you would like to visit, and plan your route!Qu�bec Cheese Map
(PDF) Montr�al Cheese Map
Visit PartnerShip� in Room 517A
Through the ACS Shipping Program, you can save on select FedEx� services for express packages, ground packages, and small-package residential delivery services.
- Save up to 26%* on select FedEx Express� services
- Save up to 12% on select FedEx Ground� services
- Save up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery� services
ACS members enrolled in the program also save on less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip.
After you enroll, you'll save on every shipment you send and receive through the program - with no minimum shipping requirements or obligations. And you'll enjoy unparalleled customer service.
Click here for complete information. If you have any questions, call PartnerShip at 800-599-2902, or email [email protected].
* Includes a bonus 5% online processing discount. Full details available online. For full FedEx offer
terms, contact your association or PartnerShip. All FedEx shipments are subject to the applicable FedEx Service Guide at fedex.com. FedEx service marks used by permission.
It Takes Un Village
Hard-working volunteers and staff along with generous sponsors have made ACS's first international conference a reality. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Montr�al in just a few short weeks.
As a small organization with a new staff and management team, we are particularly proud to have developed such a quality program, such great events, and to have consistently found creative solutions to make your Montr�al experience a great one. They say necessity is the mother of invention, and you'll see quite a few changes in Montr�al borne out of necessity. We think you'll be excited to see what the Conference Planning Committee has achieved, and we'll rely on your feedback to see how we can continue to improve the ACS conference each year.
Heading outside U.S. borders is not our only record achievement this year. With 1,676 cheeses entered into competition, we've hit an all-time high! This is just one sign of the amazing growth of our industry, and growth is an issue you'll hear a lot about in Montr�al. The Annual Town Hall meeting will focus on growth, and what it means for the industry, regulators, best practices, ACS, and our Conference & Competition. We hope you'll help us grow a spirited discussion about the directions in which ACS and our industry should head.
We look forward to seeing you in Montr�al!
-Christine Hyatt, President & Nora Weiser, Executive Director
Get the Most Out of the ACS Conference
Cheese & Fromage: Common Cultures is about education, networking, and experiencing new places and cultures. To help you get the most out of this year's event, here are some tips for a great conference experience!
Educational sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Look through the Event Guide to select the sessions that interest you most, and always plan to have a second choice in mind should your first choice fill up. Doors open ten minutes before sessions begin.
Tasting sessions have limited seating.
To help you organize your schedule each day, tickets for Tasting Sessions will be available each day for that day's sessions at the Registration Desk. Tickets are free of charge, and are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis until each session is filled. Tasting sessions are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
Identifying Flavors, 10:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Taste Buds and Molecules, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Holy Cheese, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Fermented Foods, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Canadian and U.S. Cheddars,9:00 - 10:30 am
Qu�bec's Raw Milk Cheeses, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Cheesemaking Demonstrations are ticketed.
If you purchased tickets in advance, they will be in your registration packet. If you didn't purchase tickets and are interested in attending these small sessions (limited to 25 attendees per session), stop by the Registration Desk to check availability or purchase tickets - a materials fee of $17 per session applies. Cheesemaking demonstrations are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 4
Gouda Cheesemaking, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Feta Cheesemaking, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm and 3:00 - 4:30 pm
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
Tomme Cheesemaking, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Grana Cheesemaking, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm and 2:00 - 3:30 pm
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
Hands-on Rheology Demonstration, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm and 2:00 - 3:30 pm
All Montr�al tours are sold out.
If you signed up for a tour, you will receive an email confirmation that you should print and bring to the bus departure area at Le Westin Montr�al on Wednesday, August 3. Detailed time and location information will be included in your confirmation email.
Attention First-Time Attendees and New Members!
If you are a new member of ACS and/or attending your first ACS Conference, you are invited to a reception on Wednesday, August 3 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm at the Palais des Congr�s, Room 725. The reception is generously sponsored by Sartori Company.
The ACS Board of Directors Invites You to Two Important Sessions in Montr�al
Town Hall Meeting, focus on "Growth"
Friday, August 5th
8:45 - 10:00 a.m.
Sponsored by Artisan Cheese Masters of America
ACS President, Christine Hyatt, board director Kurt Dammeier, and industry leader Will Studd will moderate this lively open forum. The only ground rules are respectful debate, constructive discussion, and meaningful discourse. Listen in, speak up, and join in on timely topics from our moderators and the floor.
Annual Business Meeting Lunch
Friday, August 5th
Buffet lunch: 12:15 - 12:45 pm
Business meeting: 12:45 - 1:45 pm
Sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Oregon
Join the ACS Board of Directors for an overview of the association's past year and a preview of what's to come. The business meeting will begin promptly at 12:45 pm; please visit the buffet and take your seat quickly and quietly for minimum disruption.
Travel Tips & Reminders
Every person traveling to Canada by air from the U.S. or any other country must carry a valid passport. If you are driving to Montr�al, you may use a Passport Card for identification. The U.S. Passport Card can be used at land-border crossings or sea ports-of-entry between the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.
Check with your cell phone carrier to see if you can add a Canadian supplement to your plan while in Montr�al. Your price per minute for calls and your data rates may be greatly discounted.
Canada uses the same plugs and outlets as the U.S., so your electrical items and tech gadgets will plug right in!
Your local bank can provide you with traveler's checks and/or Canadian dollars if you'd like. Or, just use your ATM card in Montr�al to get Canadian cash. For the best exchange rates, make the bulk of your purchases with credit cards.
For on-site purchases from ACS (registrations, tickets, etc.) US and CA dollars will both be accepted on a one-to-one basis. The ACS Bookstore is being managed by Appetite for Books, who will accept payments only in CA dollars (cash/credit card). Conference t-shirts are sold through the Bookstore.
Transportation options to downtown for those arriving at Montr�al's Pierre Trudeau International Airport:
Are you booking a last-minute flight? Air Canada, the Official Canadian Airline of the ACS Conference, and Porter Airlines, are both offering special discounts on fares.
Thank You to the 2011 ACS Conference Sponsors
ACS is grateful for the generous support of more than 100 sponsors of the 2011 Conference & Competition. Led by Dairy Farmers of Canada, our Marquee Sponsor, this group has made our events in Montr�al possible. Please be sure to extend your thanks to these sponsors when you see them at the conference!
Click to View the 2011 ACS Conference & Competition Sponsors
The 2011 Conference is presented with support from Marquee Sponsor:
Conference Bookstore - Room 517A
The ACS Conference Bookstore is your stop for the latest and greatest titles in cheese and official ACS conference merchandise (see our great t-shirts and even our baby onesie below!). Also, stop by the Bookstore each day for book signings with ACS speakers, authors, and experts.
Wednesday, August 3rd 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 4th 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, August 5th 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, August 6th 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Men's T-Shirt: $17 CAD
Women's T-Shirt: $17 CAD
Youth T-Shirt: $14 CAD
Infant Onesie: $14 CAD
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