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.
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)
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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
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.