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Newborn dairy finalist in annual UGA Flavor of Georgia contest
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Judges tasted and ranked 148 products in the first round of the Flavor of Georgia competition in mid-March. Thirty-two Georgia products were selected to advance to the final round of judging on Thursday, April 21, at the Classic Center in Athens. (University of Georgia) - photo by Special Photo

NEWBORN, Ga. — A Newborn farm’s goat cheese product was among 32 finalists that competed in the annual Flavor of Georgia food product contest April 21. 

Rock House Creamery and its tomato, basil and garlic fresh chevre was a finalist in the Dairy and Related Products category of the competition hosted by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Narrowed from a field of 148 products, the finalists competed at The Classic Center in Athens. 

Winners were to be named in each product category, the overall grand prize and a people’s choice award, which will be chosen by event attendees. 

The Newborn creamery’s cheese product will compete against pasture-raised and grass-fed 365 Days Per Year chocolate whole milk from Hart Dairy of Alpharetta; and gourmet black truffle pimento cheese from Suga’s Enterprises LLC of Powder Springs.

A posting on its Facebook page said Rock House was “honored” to be a finalist.

“Thank you for your consideration, as we hope to continue to provide delicious, wholesome foods to our communities,” creamery owners wrote on their Facebook page. 

Rock House Creamery has operated since 2016 on the former Johnston Family Farm, which had operated as a dairy since 1940.

Another Newton County-area finalist was Deju LLC of Conyers, which was competing in the Honey and Related Products category with its Grandma’s Honey Stuff.

Judges for the final round of the contest included food brokers, grocery buyers and other food product experts. Entries are evaluated by category based on their Georgia theme, commercial appeal, taste, innovation and market potential. 

Contestants provided samples to judges while pitching their products in a three-minute presentation, a news release stated.

For more information about Rock House Creamery, visit