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Act Fast to Secure Cheese Champion Tickets

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Cheese lovers are encouraged to act now to secure remaining tickets to Cheese Champion, the crowning event of the World Championship Cheese Contest, and watch as officials name the 2018 Grand Champion cheese for the very first time.

“Charged with the electricity of artisans awaiting the big announcement and featuring more cheeses than any one person could sample in an evening, Cheese Champion is the place for any true foodie,” said Kirsten Strohmenger, Events Manager for the host organization, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.

Cheese Champion offers a taste of 60 internationally-renowned cheeses and the opportunity to mingle with and learn from the world’s foremost authorities on the subject: the World Championship Cheese Contest judges. The event also features samples from other artisanal food favorites, including Underground Meats and Quince & Apple, samples of local craft brews, and a cash bar.

Cheese Champion will be held in the elegant Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall in downtown Madison on Thursday, March 8 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Organizers are excited to announce that this year’s program will be emceed by the Cheese Twins, Michael and Charlie Kalish, well-known in the cheese world and famous beyond it for their appearances on Food Network shows, including “Chopped,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” and “The Big Cheese.” The Cheese Twins are participating thanks to support from Wisconsin Cheese.

“Cheese Champion is a celebration of the craft of cheesemaking, and we’re throwing our biggest party ever,” said Strohmenger.

Tickets to Cheese Champion are on sale now at for just $25. This event is open to only 500 attendees, and more than 300 tickets have already been reserved.

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Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association gives voice to Wisconsin dairy processors on national and state issues that impact our business.