Posted: 08/11/2016

Record entries as San Sebastián prepares for World Cheese Awards

Manchego has seen the third highest number of entries behind Parmigiano Reggiano and cheddar

Entries to the World Cheese Awards have broken all records this year, topping the 3,000 mark for the first time in the scheme’s history.

With judging taking place next week in San Sebastián, alongside the Basque city’s first International Cheese Festival, manchego, the Spanish ewes’ milk favourite, will be the third biggest category this year.

Overall, the list is dominated by cheddar, but Parmigiano Reggiano is in second place, with Italy saying this is the highest number of Parmesan entries ever seen at at cheese competition.

Over 250 judges from around world will judge cheeses from 31 countries as the Kursaal Congress Centre on Wednesday November 16 before the announcement of this year’s World Champion on the same day.

World Cheese TV will be live streaming the highlights and big announcements on the day, from

The World Cheese Awards, now in their 27th year, are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, and attracted around 2,750 entries in 2015. They are being staged in San Sebastián this to mark its year as the European City of Culture

Among the most unusual entries in this s awards is a a soft goat’s milk cheese from Mozambique that is rolled in crushed cashew nuts and dipped in chilli chocolate sauce.


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