Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST?

The World Championship Cheese Contest® is the world’s premier technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition. 2022 marked the 34th biennial edition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Cheese, butter, yogurt, and dry dairy products were entered in contest to compete for global recognition. 

When is the Next World Contest?

The next World Championship Cheese Contest will be held in March 2024 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.  Entry information will be available in the fall of 2023. 

WCMA hosts the United States Championship Cheese Contest in February of 2023. This contest is open to manufacturers in the United States. Find more information at USChampionCheese.org.

How do I enter?

Enter online with our secure entry system, MyEntries

Find information on contest rules and entry classes in our 2022 Contest Entry Kit. 

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Individuals who work in the cheese industry may be volunteers at the Contest. Volunteer information will be available in December of 2023. 

When do I ship my products?

Entries are sent to WOW Logistics Warehouse in Little Chute, Wisconsin, USA.
Shipment details and instructions will be sent to entrants once entry closes.
MyEntries users have auto-filled shipping tags with entry product information.

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.

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 do I access my scoresheets?

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

Do I send with or without retail labels?

Entrants may send products in their original packaging, with or without labels. Evaluations are objective; labels are not considered in the evaluation. 

If I win, how do I get my award?

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

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