World Cheese Awards

Donostia/San Sebastián 2016

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

How to enter

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

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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)


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.




Key dates 2016


World Cheese Awards 2016 opens

Open for entries (entry website will open at 10am GMT)


World Cheese Awards 2016 closes

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


World Cheese Awards 2016 judging

Kursaal, San Sebastián

How the competition works

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. Read more.

Results 2015

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

You can read more about the judging day and the World Champion Cheese 2015 here. Download press releases from our Press Room.

Results 2014

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

Read more about the World Champion Cheese, Bath Blue.

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Artzai Gazta
  • desarrollo
  • Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
  • Donostiaka Udala Ayuntamiento de San Sebastián
  • Basque Culinary Center
  • Le Gruyère AOP
  • Barber's 1833
  • Clarks
  • Consorzio Tutela Grana Padano
  • The Abergavenny Fine Food Co
  • Agri Expo
  • Cryer & Stott
  • Entremont
  • The Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • Fine Food Digest
  • Forever Cheese
  • Furore Handels
  • Good Cheese
  • Kozí vŕšok
  • Oldways Cheese Coalition
  • Olympic Cheese
  • Rowcliffe
  • Rupp
  • World Jersey Cattle Bureau
  • big_cheese
  • Horgans
  • Nazionale Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Quesos de la Huz
  • SA Onetik
  • Somerdale
  • Winterdale Cheesemakers
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