World Cheese Awards 2021-22 open for entries
Please note: World Cheese Awards 2021 has now closed, capacity for entries was reached on 22 September 2021
Entries are now open for the next World Cheese Awards, set to be held in Oviedo, Spain, as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural Internacional Cheese Festival from the 3rd – 6th November 2021.
The global event will bring together cheesemakers, retailers, buyers, consumers, and food commentators from across the world to judge 4,000 cheeses from over 40 countries.
The Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the event, said that there is a limited number of entry spaces available, and entries will close before the deadline if the entry cap is reached. “We strongly recommend entering early to avoid disappointment,” said a John Farrand, Guild MD.
Entries will close on Thursday 23rd September unless the entry cap is reached, and cheese deliveries will have to be arranged in mid to late October, though the organisers request no entrants send their product until instructed to do so.
Judging will then take place over one day in Oviedo, in the north-western principality of Asturias, on Wednesday 3rdNovember. The judges – international industry experts – work in teams to blind-taste each cheese before identifying those worthy of a Gold, Silver or Bronze award. They look at the rind and the body of the cheese, its colour, texture, consistency and, above all, its taste. Each of the teams then nominate one exceptional cheese as the Super Gold from their table.
These top-flight cheeses are then judged a second time by the Super Jury of internationally recognised experts, who each select a cheese to champion in the final round of judging. The Super Jury, representing all four corners of the globe, then debate the final cheeses 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. Country- and cheese-specific trophies are also awarded.
Entries cost £48 per product for small companies with turnover of less than £1m, £55 per product for medium-sized companies with a turnover between £1m and £5m and £68 for any companies with turnover greater than £5m (all entry costs excl. VAT).
- Read Terms & Conditions and Categories to ensure your entries comply with rules of entry.
- If you don’t already have one, register your company for a MyGuild account (if someone in your company already has a company account, they can request access for you to be added to it within their account or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Mark the open for entry date in your diary and start gathering your product information.
- If you are planning to enter cheeses from a country outside of the EU, please read carefully the information about the paperwork that is required.