As one of the industry’s biggest events of the year, cheesemakers expect great things when they attend the World Championship Cheese Contest. The contest host, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), recently announced the event’s entry deadline: January 31. With submissions already pouring in, the WCMA predicts that records will be broken this year.
“With new competitors and new categories, the 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest promises to be bigger and better than ever,” said Kirsten Strohmenger, Events Manager.
The World Championship Cheese Contest is set for March 3-5 at Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The association's press release stated that an internationally renowned team of judges will evaluate 132 classes of dairy products, including thousands of cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy foods entries. In 2018, the event brought about a record-setting 3,402 entries from 26 countries, with a hard sheep's milk cheese Esquirrou—made in France at Mauleon Fromagerie and imported by Savencia Cheese USA—taking the top honors.
On March 5, 2020, a new world champion will be named at the contest’s signature public event. This evening reception, also at Monona Terrace, features a tasting of more than 75 cheeses, local specialty foods, and craft beer samples. Attendees also have the unique opportunity to learn the intricacies of cheese evaluation from judges.
A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so head over to WorldChampionCheese.org and snag yours. To see how the event shakes out, stick with us here at Deli Market News.