Entry for World Cheese Awards 2024 opens in search of best cheese 

The World Cheese Awards, recognised internationally as the largest ‘cheese-only’ event of its kind, are back for the 36th year. 

The World Cheese Awards, recognised internationally and the largest ‘cheese-only’ event of its kind, are back for the 36th year. 
Entry for World Cheese Awards 2024 opens today, photo by the Guild of Fine Food.

The awards are the most influential accreditation scheme in the cheese industry around the world. 

Entry for this year’s edition opened today, 13th June, and will continue until Monday 16th September, or until the entry cap is reached. The awards gala will be taking place in Viseu, Portugal from 14th to 17th November.  

Each entry to the awards will be assessed on its own merit by a panel of over 250 technical experts, graders, buyers, retailers and food writers to be in with a chance of winning a bronze, silver or gold medal.  

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Search for the best cheese in the world 

Those considered exceptional enough will go through to the next round, getting a chance to win a ‘super-gold’ award.

At the end of the competition, one cheese will be crowned supreme champion – the best cheese in the world.  

Last year’s event in Trondheim, Norway, saw a record-breaking 4,502 cheeses showcased from 40 countries around the world.  

The Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, said they go to great lengths to ensure that entering is as inclusive as possible by setting up consolidation points internationally, with controlled storage and transportation to the judging venue.  

Cheeses from all producers anywhere in the world are welcome to take part. 

Entry for World Cheese Awards 2024 opens today, photo by the Guild of Fine Food.
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Judged by international cheese experts 

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, said: “We’re excited to be taking the World Cheese Awards to a new host country and region, delivering the event with the city of Viseu on the 36th edition of the awards. 

“Located in the heart of the Dão wine region, Viseu has a rich food and drink culture, making it a fitting location for Portugal’s inaugural World Cheese Awards.  

“The event brings together the global cheese trade and is unique in promoting international relations in the dairy industry. It will, once again, bring together the most important international cheese experts and the world’s best cheeses.”  

Entry for World Cheese Awards 2024 opens today, photo by the Guild of Fine Food.

Bruno Filipe Costa, speciality food expert and the inspiration behind bringing the project to Portugal, added: “Viseu is the capital city of the Beira region, a region with a strong cheese heritage. Located in the heart of Portugal, the region has an enviable food and drink culture combining tradition and excellence.  

“The terroir and cheese making history here is illustrated by our most famous cheese, Queijo Serra da Estrela, a raw sheep’s milk cheese, coagulated with thistle rennet.” 

To secure a place in this year’s competition, please visit the World Cheese Awards website

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