Weighing in at 4,437 lbs. and 63 oz., the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin have set a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Cheeseboard. Breaking the previous record set in 2015 by the Netherlands, the cheeseboard outweighs the 3,375 lbs. and 13 oz. record by more than 1,000 lbs.
"We wanted to showcase the amazing breadth of the award-winning cheeses in Wisconsin and we thought- what better way to do that than to create the world's largest cheeseboard," said Suzanne Fanning, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin VP of Marketing Communications.
Featuring 145 different varieties, types and styles of Wisconsin's unique specialty and artisan cheeses, more than 60 people worked to accomplish this record breaking feat. Measuring 35 feet long and 7 feet wide, the custom-made board was digitally fabricated to represent a barn using CNC technology, a computerized process that's a cross between woodcutting and 3-D printing.
Surrounded by cheese curds, blocks, wedges and cubes stood the centerpiece, a 2,000 lb. cheddar wheel, accounting for nearly half of the board’s weight.
The event took place in Madison, Wis., last week, serving more than 45,000 attendees. The first 2,000 guests received curated to-go cheese plates featuring some of the finest cheese made in Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin makes almost half of all the specialty cheeses of the country and we win more awards than any other state or country,” Fanning said in an interview with Wisconsin State Journal. According to Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the state produces one of every four lbs. of cheese in the U.S., totally at 3.17 billion lbs. per year.
Aiming not only to promote Wisconsin’s dairy industry, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin raffled of wheels of cheese with 100% of the proceeds going to the Great American Milk Drive. The remaining cheese was donated to the Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin benefiting families in need. Here's a story on the donation.
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