How to enter


Judging Date: 17 November 2017

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

2017 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)

Entry documents 2017

UK entry brochureWCA 17 ClassesWCA17 Online Entry Guidance Notes  |  Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries  |  WCA17 Consolidation Points

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

French entry brochureWCA 17 Classes French |  Participez à la compétition Instructions en ligne | Terms & Conditions  | Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |  WCA17 Consolidation Points

Italian entry brochure | WCA 17 Classes ItalianIscrizione online – Istruzioni |  Terms & Conditions  |  Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |  WCA17 Consolidation Points

Portuguese entry brochure | WCA 17 Classes PortugueseInstruções online para as suas inscrições |  Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |  WCA17 Consolidation Points

Spanish entry brochure | WCA 17 Classes Spanish | Inscripción – Instrucciones en línea |  Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |  WCA17 Consolidation Points

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

Sponsoring World Cheese Awards

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How the competition works

Now in its 30th 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Download press releases from our Press Room.

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Le Gruyère
  • Oldways Cheese Coalition
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