World Cheese Awards 2018, Bergen, Norway

A truly global cheese event, the World Cheese Awards has been bringing together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers, consumers and food commentators worldwide for over three decades.

The 2018 edition of the World Cheese Awards will form part of a brand new festival, Matnasjonen Norge, in partnership with HANEN, an organisation promoting the best that the Norwegian countryside has to offer.

A record-breaking 3,500 cheeses from every corner of the globe are expected to line up in the judging hall at Bergen’s Grieghallen on 2 November 2018 to be judged by an international panel of 230 experts from 29 nations. The world will be watching as the finest palates and noses around judge every entry in one day, transmitted live across the globe on WCA TV.

Visit www.ostevm.no for more information on the festival (Norwegian language only).

How the competition works

This year, cheeses from six continents will be staged in a huge arena at the Grieghallen in Bergen, with all entries judged in a single day by carefully assembled teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.

Judges work in teams of three or four, identifying any cheeses worthy of a gold, silver or bronze award. They will be looking at the rind and the body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and, above all, its taste.

Each of the teams will then nominate one exceptional cheese as the Super Gold from their table. These top-flight cheeses are the best in the world and will be judged a second time by the Super Jury of 16 internationally recognised experts, who will each select a cheese to champion in the final round of judging.

The Super Jury, representing all four corners of the globe, will then debate the final 16 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 to award in 2018. Click here

Key Dates 2018

5th September 2018

Open for entry

28th September 2018

Closed for entry

October 2018

Deliveries due to the consolidation points

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

2nd November 2018

World Cheese Awards 2018 Judging

Bergen, Norway

3rd November 2018

World Cheese Awards 2018 Results

Full results announced

How to enter 2018

Open for entry 11:00 on 5th September 2018.  Entry is via the online entry form, accessed by clicking on the link at the top of this page under ‘Current Status’.

2018 Cost of Entry
Cheesemakers in the UK*: £48 (+VAT) per cheese
Cheesemakers in Europe and Rest of World: £48 per cheese
*There is a special Specialist Cheesemakers class where association members can enter one cheese at £15 (+VAT)

Entry documents 2018

UK entry brochure | WCA 18 ClassesWCA18 Online Entry Guidance Notes  |  Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU entries WCA 18 consolidation points

French entry brochure | WCA18 Classes FrenchParticipez à la compétition Instructions en ligneTerms & Conditions | Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries  |  WCA 18 Points de regroupement

Italian entry brochure | WCA18 Classes Italian | Iscrizione online – Istruzioni |  Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countriesWCA 18 Punti di Consolidamento

Portuguese entry brochure | WCA18 Classes Portuguese | Instruções online para as suas inscrições | Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |   WCA-18-Pontos-de-Consolidacao

Spanish entry brochure | WCA18 Classes Spanish | Inscripción – Instrucciones en línea | Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries WCA 18 Puntos de Consolidación

Consolidation Points & Deliveries

Entrants: Please do not send any cheese until you are contacted with delivery instructions and labels in early October.

Download a copy of the consolidation points guidance document here: WCA 18 consolidation points  |  WCA 18 Points de regroupement  |  WCA 18 Punti di Consolidamento |  WCA18 Pontos de ConsolidaçãoWCA18 Puntos de Consolidación

Consolidation points for deliveries will be available in: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Spain, UK & USA.  Entrants normally will be allocated to the nearest consolidation point and full delivery details including address and labels will be issued to entrants closer to the delivery dates.

  • France, South Africa, Spain – deliveries due at consolidation point by 17 October
  • Australia, Canada, USA – deliveries due at consolidation point by 18 October
  • Austria, Ireland – deliveries due at consolidation point by 19 October
  • UK – deliveries due at consolidation point by noon on 25 October
  • Deliveries to consolidation points in Norway – please contact the World Cheese Awards team for further information on worldcheese@gff.co.uk

Ordering Logos and Labels

Order forms for World Cheese Awards 2017 labels and logo artwork are available from the links below. To order labels for your award-winning products or the electronic award artwork to incorporate into your product’s packaging please complete and return the relevant order form.

World Cheese Awards Brand Guidelines 2017 |   World Cheese Awards 2017 Label Order Form   |

World Cheese Awards Label Orders – Overseas P&PWorld Cheese Awards 2017 Logo Order Form

WCA 2017 - London

The 2017 edition of the World Cheese Awards took place at Tobacco Dock in London.

Results 2017

Download a pdf of all results | Trophy winners pdf | Super Golds pdf | Top 16 pdf | Contribution to cheese

Search for winners online

Download press releases from our Press Room.

And you can read more about this year’s World Champion Cheese here

WCA 2016 - San Sebastián

In November 2016 we helped San Sebastián celebrate their status as European Capital of Culture by taking the awards to the Basque Country. It formed part of a wider International Cheese Festival.

Find out more

Would you like to be added to the World Cheese Awards mailing list?

If you are interested in entering World Cheese Awards and do not already receive notifications by email, and would like to, please complete the form below.  This form is to register your interest in in entering World Cheese Awards and to be added to our mailing list.  The link to enter World Cheese Awards 2018 will not be available until we open for entry.

Sponsoring World Cheese Awards

If you are interested in sponsoring read more here.

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Barber's 1833
  • Grans Padano
  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Bergen City of Gastronomy
  • Hanen
  • Innovation Norway
  • Many
  • Norsk Gardsost
  • Scandic
  • Tine
  • Abergavenny
  • Atalanta
  • Bettine
  • Cheese Office Muu
  • Forever Cheese
  • National Bank of Greece
  • Rowcliffe
  • Sharpham
  • The Fine Cheese Company
  • Academy of Cheese
  • Get Fresh
  • Good Cheese magazine
  • Peter Green Chilled
  • School of Fine Food
  • Traditional Cheese Co
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