World Cheese Awards

A truly global cheese event, World Cheese brings together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers, consumers and food commentators worldwide to judge nearly 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries.

The next World Cheese Awards will be held in Oviedo, Spain, as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural Internacional Cheese Festival from the 3 – 6 November 2021.  Originally due to take place in 2020, the event has been rescheduled to ensure that the event takes place in the truly international spirit that it has engendered for over 30 years.

More info: internationalcheesefestival.com

Key Dates 2021

23 August 2021

Open for entry

Entry opens

23 September 2021

Closed for entry

Entry closes

Mid-late October 2021

Deliveries due to the consolidation points

Delivery dates, addresses & instructions will be issued to entrants with delivery labels nearer the delivery date

November 2021

Cheese staged

Oviedo, Spain

November 2021

World Cheese Awards 2021: Judging

Judging takes place

November 2021

World Cheese Awards 2021: Tasting tours

at International Cheese Festival, Oviedo

November 2021

World Cheese Awards 2021: Results

Full results announced

How the competition works

Cheeses are sent from all round the world to be judged in a single day by carefully assembled teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.

Judges work in teams of three, to identify any cheeses worthy of a gold, silver or bronze award. They looked at the rind and the body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and, above all, its taste. Each of the teams then nominate one exceptional cheese as the Super Gold from their table.

These top-flight cheeses are the best in the world and were then judged a second time by the Super Jury of internationally-recognised experts, who each selected a cheese to champion in the final round of judging. The Super Jury, representing all four corners of the globe, then debated the final cheeses in front of a live consumer and trade audience, before choosing the World Champion Cheese live on WCA TV, with cheese lovers across the globe tuning in for the drama.

As well as striving for Bronze, Silver, Gold and Super Gold, there are country and cheese specific trophies.

The next competition will open for entry in August 2021.  Register your interest below.

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Sponsors of this year's event

  • Le Gruyère
  • Barber's
  • Savencia Fromage & Dairy
  • USA Cheese Guild
  • Deliziosa
  • The Fine Cheese Co
  • Rowcliffe
  • Rupp
  • Food & Drink Wales
  • Academy of Cheese
  • Agri Expo
  • Lacteo
  • Lynher Dairies
  • Quickes
  • Atalanta
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