Join us at the World Championship Cheese Contest on Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8 from 9am to 4pm.

The contest will be in the exhibit hall at the Monona Terrace Convention Center, 1 John Nolen Drive, Madison, WI 53703. Try some delicious cheese samples while you watch the experts evaluate 2,955 cheeses!

Cheese Champion, the signature event of the 2016 World Championship Cheese Contest is open to only 500 attendees, with all tickets sold in advance through Wisconsin Cheese Originals. TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT! Thanks to all who purchased tickets.

If you missed out on tickets, be sure to watch Cheese Champion LIVE, starting at 6:30!


judges at event  cheese tables

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the Championship Round of Judging to start at 7 p.m.  Attendees will be on hand for the final round of cheese judging, as 48 expert judges from 16 countries determine and name the 2016 World Champion Cheese.

Proceeds benefit the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research graduate student program, ensuring another generation of dairy scientists in America’s Dairyland. Attendees will enjoy complimentary celebrity chef appetizers from Heritage Tavern, Liliana’s, Freiburg Gastropub, and Johnny Delmonico’s, and samples of rare cheeses from every corner of the globe.

Final Round Guests   Final Round Sample 600p


Many thanks to our Cheese Champion Sponsors:

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