Donostia/San Sebastián 2016

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.

Key Dates 2017

21st August 2017

World Cheese Awards 2017 opens

Open for entries (entry website will open at 12 midday (GMT)

11th October 2017

World Cheese Awards 2017 closes

Closed for entry (unless entry cap reached before this date)

17th November 2017

World Cheese Awards 2017 judging

Taste of London Festive at Tobacco Dock, London E1

How to enter


Judging Date: 17 November 2017

Venue: Taste of London – The Festive Edition at Tobacco Dock, London

World Cheese Awards 2016

In 2016, the Guild of Fine Food took the World Cheese Awards to San Sebastián – the European Capital of Culture 2016 – in the Basque region of Spain, where it formed a key part of the International Cheese Festival, organised by Artzai Gazta and supported by the Basque Country Government.

If you are interested in entering World Cheese Awards 2017 and do not already receive WCA notifications by email, and would like to, please email

2016 Cost of Entry

Cheesemakers in the UK*: £45 (+VAT) per cheese
Cheesemakers in Europe and Rest of World: £45 per cheese
*There is a special Specialist Cheesemakers class where association members can enter one cheese at £15 (+VAT)

The following 2016 documents are for reference only

UK entry brochure | WCA 16 ClassesWCA16 Online Entry Guidance NotesWCA16 Consolidation Points

French entry brochure | WCA 16 Classes FrenchParticipez à la compétition Instructions en ligne | WCA16 Consolidation Points

Italian entry brochure | WCA 16 Classes ItalianIscrizione online – Istruzioni | WCA16 Consolidation Points

Portuguese entry brochure | WCA 16 Classes Portuguese | Instruções online para as suas inscrições | WCA16 Consolidation Points

Spanish entry brochure | WCA 16 Classes Spanish | Inscripción – Instrucciones en líneaWCA16 Consolidation Points

Sponsoring World Cheese Awards

If you are interested in sponsoring read more here.




How the competition works

Now in its 29th year, the World Cheese Awards is the largest international cheese competition on the planet. Dedicated only to cheese, with no other dairy products able to enter, the awards have been bringing the global cheese community together for nearly three decades, in a celebration of tradition, innovation and excellence in cheese.
In 2016, the World Cheese Awards took place in San Sebastián, taking centre stage at the inaugural International Cheese Festival, during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. Around 3,000 cheeses made their way from six continent and were judged by over 260 of the finest palates and noses from every corner of the globe, including cheesemakers, technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers.

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

Each team then nominates one exceptional cheese as the Super Gold from their table. These 60 cheeses are the best in the world and are 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 then debates 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.

Results 2015

Download a pdf of all winners Trophy winners pdf | Super Golds pdfSearch for winners online

In 2015, 2727 entries were staged in a massive 1100m2 area within the main BBC Good Food Show Winter, NEC, Birmingham with judging taking place on the opening day, November 26, in front of a live consumer audience. Our 250 experts from around the world worked in teams of four, identifying medal-winning cheeses through the morning. Each team awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze or ‘no award’ to each cheese on its own merits. At the end of the morning’s session we asked each team to select their favourite cheese – the Super Gold.  Those 62 Super Golds were judged again by our Super Jury who whittled it down to just 16 cheeses. Our final panel, representing the four corners of the globe, then decided the World Champion 2015 in front of a packed consumer and trade audience. You can read more about the judging day and the World Champion Cheese 2015 here.

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Ordering Logos and Labels

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 2016  |   World Cheese Awards 2016 Label Order Form   |    World Cheese Awards Label Orders – Overseas P&P  |  World Cheese Awards 2016 Logo Order Form

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Barber's 1833
  • Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano
  • Agri Expo
  • Entremont
  • Fine Food Digest
  • Forever Cheese
  • Good Cheese
  • Rowcliffe
  • Rupp
  • World Jersey Cattle Bureau
  • Nazionale Parmigiano Reggiano
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