This soft, mixed-rind cheese is made from thermized milk exclusively sourced from the island’s dairy farms. Its velvety interior features a fresh taste of mushrooms with hints of butter and nuts, very floral and slightly salty. At the beginning of ripening, its rind is whitish or bloomy. Then, as it is aged in an aging room for 60 days, the cheese is frequently turned, washed and brushed by hand. Its rind gradually takes on an ochre, slightly orangey hue and stronger flavours.
Every winter, L’Isle-aux-Grues hosts traditional Mi-Carême celebrations. Over the course of several weeks, the island’s residents create elaborate and joyously colourful costumes, which they wear so they aren’t recognized by their neighbours as they parade by their homes to dance and celebrate together. Le Mi-Carême was created in 2000 as a tribute to this fun and lighthearted festival. Its label depicts a reproduction of a painting by island native, painter and former cheese maker Eudor Vézina.
Le Mi-Carême is available from the cheese maker, in specialty grocery stores and cheese shops and in supermarkets.
Awards and distinctions
2015 World Cheese Awards Bronze medal winner in the Soft Cheese class (cheese made from cow milk and not in other classes). Finalist in 2015 and first prize winner in 2014 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, in the Surface Ripened Cheese class, in addition to winning the 2001 Prix de l’industrie and the 2000 Prix de la presse at Sélection CASEUS contests.