Spain to host World Cheese Awards 2020

THE Dorset-based Guild of Fine Food will be heading for Spain for this year’s World Cheese Awards, which will be held in the principality of Asturias, as part of the International Cheese Festival in Oviedo.

The awards, now in their 33rd year and one of the world’s most important cheese competitions, will be judged on Wednesday 4th November, the first day of the four-day Oviedo festival, which is run by the Instituto del Queso, and staged at the city’s awe-inspiring Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos.

Uniting the global cheese community, from cheesemakers to cheese lovers and everyone in between, World Cheese Awards 2020 is set to be bigger and more international than ever before, following a record-breaking 3,804 entries from 42 different countries judged in Bergamo, Italy last year.

Welcoming judges from more than 30 different countries, cheese from six continents and followers from every corner of the globe, Oviedo will become the centre of the cheese world.

The International Festival builds on the rich cheesemaking heritage of the Asturias region and will feature a packed programme of events for consumer and trade visitors, including an exhibition, a cheese market, a scientific cheese congress, tours of the World Cheese Awards judging arena, experimental tasting sessions, an Asturian Agriculture Forum and even a gastro cheese comedy line-up.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, says: “We received interest from potential host cities across the world, but the opportunity to bring WCA to Asturias was too good to miss, not least due to the region’s whole-hearted commitment to its food culture. From the peak of the mountains to the depths of the sea, this is one part of the world where you truly can eat the view.

“With up to 4,000 cheeses from over 40 different countries expected at WCA 2020, the competition will be bringing a global celebration of cheese to Oviedo, putting the city firmly on the map of top international food destinations.”