Posted: 06/12/2017

World Cheese Awards heads to Norway for 2018

(L to R) Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, executive manager of HANEN, John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, Jon Georg Dale, Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, and Gunnar Waagen, chairman of Tingvollost.

The 31st annual World Cheese Awards will be held in Norway for the first time in 2018.

The international competition is set to take place at The Food Country Norway food festival in Bergen next November in partnership with HANEN – an organisation representing the country’s rural tourism and farm food industry.

The announcement was made at this year’s awards which took place in Tobacco Dock, London, last month, after Cornish Kern – an alpine-style cheese made by Lynher Dairies – was crowned World Champion.

Norwegian cheese Kraftkar, made by Tingvollost, was named World Champion during the awards in San Sebastián in 2016.

“In 2016, the World Cheese Awards roadshow was an integral part of San Sebastián celebrating being European Capital of Culture,” said John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food and organisers of the event. “Following the success and huge international reach achieved by this event, we’re honoured to have been asked by the wonderful city of Bergen to host the 2018 edition there.”

Supporting the event, Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale said: “Competitions such as this are important and contribute to bringing Norwegian cheese producers inspiration as well as recognition for their quality products.”

“With this event, we’ll place Norway on the map both as a food nation and a cheese nation, while providing Norwegian cheese producers with a unique opportunity to parade their products,” he added.

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