It may be hard to think of spring when you wake up to that 14 degree Wisconsin air, but those of us in the cheese industry have plenty to look forward to. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is gearing up for two major shows come March and April: the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest from March 5 to 7 and the 2019 Cheese Industry Conference (CIC) on April 17 and 18.
“With new competitors and new categories, the 2019 U.S. Championship Cheese Contest promises to be bigger and better than ever,” said Kirsten Strohmenger, Events Manager for the WCMA, which hosts the contest.
The deadline for entry in the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest is January 31 and can be submitted online at USChampionCheese.org. A limited number of Cheese Champion tickets are also available on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a press release. Tickets cost just $30 per person, and can also be found at USChampionCheese.org.
As for the 2019 Cheese Industry Conference, the WCMA, the Center for Dairy Research (CDR), Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, and the U.S. Dairy Export Council have all teamed up to provide the most educational programming ever presented at the event.
“In partnership with our industry’s brightest minds and most impactful organizations, the 2019 Cheese Industry Conference will offer seminars of interest for everyone from the marketer to the maintenance technician, and from the artisan cheesemaker to the quality assurance manager,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA’s Executive Director.
2019 CIC seminar topics focus on five main points, according to an additional press release, including business development and workforce retention, global cheese sales, food safety, quality cheesemaking, and new industry technology and design practices. Complete details and registration information are available now at CheeseConference.org.
Here are just a few highlights of the educational opportunities available at the 2019 Cheese Conference:
Potential attendees can save even more with 2019 CIC early bird registration, also available until Thursday, January 31, so don’t wait to get the best deals on these two must-attend Wisconsin cheese events!