What is the World Championship Cheese Contest?

The World Championship Cheese Contest® is the world’s premier technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition. 2020 marked the 33rd biennial edition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. 3,667 cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy products were entered in the 2020 contest to compete for global recognition. The next World Championship Cheese Contest will be held February 17-19, 2021. 

When is the next World Championship Cheese Contest?

The next edition of the World Championship Cheese Contest will be held February 17-19, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

When can I enter the World Championship Cheese Contest?

Entry information will be available for the 2021 World Championship Cheese Contest in August 2020. 
For reference, entry information from the 2020 Contest can be viewed in the 2020 Contest Entry Kit.  
Make sure you’re ready to submit your entries: create or update your MyEntries account.

How does the judging work?

Entries are evaluated by a team of skilled technical judges from all over the world. Starting from a maximum possible 100 points, deductions are made for various defects found by each judge.
Defects are noted in the areas of flavor, body and texture, salt, color, finish, packaging, and other appropriate attributes. A Gold medal, Silver medal and Bronze medal are awarded to the three highest-scoring entries in each class.

How can I access product scoresheets after judging?

Scoresheets are available in your secure MyEntries account as soon as judging is complete. 
Login to your account and click on “View Your Results and Scoresheets”. A list will show with all of your entries and each will show a link to “View Scoresheets”. You can then view and print each judge’s scoresheet by selecting “Scoresheet 1” or “Scoresheet 2”.

If we won, how do we receive our awards?

Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association will send out individual emails to winners with information on receiving award plaques and ribbons. 

Can I attend the Contest?

The Contest judging is open for free public viewing on during preliminary rounds of judging.

On the last day of the Contest, we host a ticketed event, Cheese Champion, to announce the World Champion. Details will be available in October 2020.  

When do entries need to arrive by?

Entries are sent to WOW Logistics Warehouse in Little Chute, Wisconsin, USA.
Shipment details and instructions will be sent to entrants once entry closes.
If you used MyEntries to submit your products to the Contest, shipping tags are auto-filled with your product information in your account.
Find the “Print Your Shipping Tags” button.
Note: each entry should be sent in its own box with a shipping/ identification tag on the outside and another on the inside.

Do I send our product with or without labels?

You may send your products in their original packaging, with or without labels.