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.
17th August 2016
World Cheese Awards 2016 opens
Open for entries (entry website will open at 10am GMT)
11th October 2016
World Cheese Awards 2016 closes
Closed for entry (unless entry cap reached before this date)
16th November 2016
World Cheese Awards 2016 judging
Kursaal, San Sebastián
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.
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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)
The following 2016 documents are for reference only
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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.
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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