Bergen to host World Cheese Awards as part of new Norwegian food festival
Following this year’s awards in London, the Guild of Fine Food announced the 31st World Cheese Awards will take place in Bergen on Norway’s southwestern coast, on November 2.
Held in partnership with HANEN, the organisation dedicated to promoting the Norwegian countryside, the awards will coincide with new food festival The Food Country Norway, showcasing the country’s best food and beverage producers on the world stage.
Guild of Fine Food managing director John Farrand said Norway was already in the spotlight when Kraftkar, made by Norwegian producer Tingvollost, was named World Champion Cheese in the 2016 awards held in San Sebastián
“Following the success and huge international reach achieved by this event, we’re honoured to have been asked by the wonderful city of Bergen to host the 2018 edition there,” said Farrand.
“We expect to hit 3500 entries in 2018, with more judges than ever travelling from every corner of the globe to join this celebration of cheese makers and cheese people.”
Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food Jon Georg Dale said it was gratifying to be chosen to host the event.
“Competitions such as this are important and contribute to bringing Norwegian cheese producers inspiration as well as recognition for their quality products,” said Dale.
“With this event we’ll place Norway on the map both as a food nation and a cheese nation, while providing Norwegian cheese producers with a unique opportunity to parade their products.”