World Cheese Awards 2019, Bergamo, Italy

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 World Cheese Awards will visit Italy for the first time, taking place in Bergamo on Friday 18 October 2019, as part of the city’s annual FORME cheese festival.

Announced on Thursday 17 January at the Palazzo Regione Lombardia in Milan, the main seat of the government for the Lombardy region, the news will see the planet’s largest cheese-only competition join a four day celebration of cheese in the Medieval heart of Bergamo.

Following an epic edition of the World Cheese Awards in Bergen, Norway in November 2018, where records were broken across the board with 3,472 cheeses from 41 different countries being judged in a single day, the 32nd edition will now be staged in the Capitale Europea dei Formaggi. Reaching out to cheesemakers and cheese experts in every corner of the globe, this year’s line-up is set to be bigger and more diverse than ever before.

The FORME festival itself will take consumer and trade visitors on a dairy journey, featuring tastings, panel discussions, training sessions, markets and an exhibition of all 50 Italian DOP cheeses. New to FORME this year is the B2Cheese fair, an international cheese expo for industry professionals, including producers, buyers, importers, distributors, journalists and opinion leaders in the cheese sector

Key Dates 2019

22nd July 2019

Open for entry

9th September 2019

Closed for entry

Entry now closed - entry cap reached

Late September / early October

Deliveries due to the consolidation points

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

18th October 2019

World Cheese Awards 2019 Judging

Bergamo, Italy

19/20th October 2019

World Cheese Awards 2019 Results

Full results announced

Results 2019

Results 2019

Download a pdf of results | Trophy winners pdf | Super Golds pdf | Top 16 pdf | Contribution to Cheese | Search for winners online

Promoting your awards including labels and logos

Ordering Labels & Digital Logos

If you have achieved awards for your products in the last three years (2019, 2018 or 2017) you can order World Cheese Awards award labels (stickers) or the electronic award logo artwork to display on your product’s packaging.

Use of the labels and electronic logos are subject to the Logo Brand Guidelines. Copies of the Brand Guidelines, Label order form and Logo Artwork request form will be available shortly.

How the competition works

In November 2018, cheeses from six continents were staged in a huge arena at the Grieghallen in Bergen, Norway.  All entries were judged in a single day by carefully assembled teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers. Judges worked in teams of three, identifying 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 nominated 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 16 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 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 were country and cheese specific trophies to award in 2018.

Searchable results are available here.

How to enter 2019

**Please note that entry has now closed – entry cap reached**

**Entrants – you will be contacted shortly about delivery instructions and delivery labels.  Please do not send any cheeses until you receive these instructions and labels from the World Cheese Awards team**

2019 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 2019

UK entry brochure | WCA 19 Classes | WCA19 Online Entry Guidance NotesTerms & Conditions |  Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU entriesWCA19 consolidation points

French entry brochure | WCA 19 Classes FrenchParticipez à la compétition Instructions en ligne | Terms & Conditions | Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU entriesWCA 19 Points de regroupement

Greek entry brochure | WCA19 Classes Greek | WCA19 Online Entry Guidance Notes | Terms & Conditions | Special Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU entries WCA19 consolidation points

Italian entry brochure | WCA19 Classes ItalianIscrizione online – Istruzioni | Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU entriesWCA19 Punti di Consolidamento

Portuguese entry brochure | WCA19 Classes PortugueseInstruções online para as suas inscrições | Terms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries |   WCA19 Pontos de Consolidacao

Spanish entry brochure | WCA19 Classes SpanishInscripción – Instrucciones en líneaTerms & ConditionsSpecial Entry Information Sheet for Non-EU countries WCA19 Puntos de Consolidación


Entrants: Please do not send any cheese until you are contacted with delivery instructions and labels in September 2019.  All delivery instructions have been issued and are available from your MyGuild account.

World Cheese Awards 2020

It has recently been announced that World Cheese Awards 2020 will be held in Oviedo, Spain, in November 2020.  The Awards will be held as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural Internacional Cheese Festival.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, commented: “It gives me great pleasure to announce Oviedo as the host city for WCA 2020, following an extremely impressive bid from the Principality of Asturias, the City Council of Oviedo and the Cheese Institute. We received interest from potential host cities across the world, but the opportunity to bring WCA to Asturias was too good to miss, not least due to the region’s whole-hearted commitment to its food culture.”

To sign up to receive reminders about entering World Cheese Awards 2020, please complete the World Cheese Awards Mailing List enquiry form in the following section.  Please note that the enquiry form is to request to be added to our mailing list to receive notifications by email once the entry dates are confirmed.

WCA 2018 - Bergen

The 2018 edition of the World Cheese Awards was part of a brand new festival, Matnasjonen Norge, in partnership with HANEN, an organisation promoting the best that the Norwegian countryside has to offer. The largest ever World Cheese Awards took place at Bergen’s Grieghallen on 2 November 2018. 3,472 cheeses were judged by an international panel of 235 experts from 29 nations.

Watch the finest palates and noses around judge every entry in one day, available now on WCA TV. See all the highlights in our WCA 2018 photo gallery.

Judging day gallery

Welcome drinks at Roast, Scandic Ørnen

Judges’ dinner at Haakon’s Hall, Bergen

World Cheese Awards Mailing List

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 entering World Cheese Awards and to be added to our mailing list.  The link to enter World Cheese Awards 2020 will not be available until we open for entry.

  • Please include postcode if applicable

Sponsoring World Cheese Awards If you are interested in sponsoring read more here.

Sponsors of this year's event

  • Barber's
  • Grana Padano
  • Le Gruyère
  • Brazzale
  • Deliziosa
  • Meny
  • Savencia Fromage & Dairy
  • USA Cheese Guild
  • Abergavenny
  • Agri Expo
  • Atalanta
  • Cheese Plus
  • Cheese Office Muu
  • The Fine Cheese Co
  • Kosi Vrsok
  • Lacteo
  • National Bank of Greece
  • Rowcliffe
  • Rupp
  • Jersey Cattle
  • B2Cheese
  • Comune di Bergamo
  • Forme
  • Promozione del Territorio
  • Provincia di Bergamo
  • Regione Lombardia
  • Horgans
  • Nazionale Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Peter Green
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