The World Cheese Awards will visit Italy for the first time, taking place in Bergamo on 18 October 2019, as part of the city's annual FORME cheese festival. The news will see the planet's largest cheese-only competition join a four day celebration of cheese in the Medieval heart of Bergamo.
Following an epic edition of the World Cheese Awards last year in Bergen, where records were broken with 3,472 cheeses from 41 different countries being judged in a day, the 32nd edition will be staged in the Capitale Europea dei Formaggi. This year's line-up is set to be bigger and more diverse than ever before.
As Bergamo plays host to the international cheese community, the World Cheese Awards will shine a spotlight on Lombardy's culinary culture, giving the region's producers an opportunity to showcase their food and drink on a world stage. The FORME festival itself features tastings, panel discussions, training sessions, markets and an exhibition of all 50 Italian DOP cheeses.
John Farrand, MD Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards said; “The World Cheese Awards is extending its international reach year-on-year, so it's important for us to partner with like-minded organisations that understand the power and potential of this global cheese gathering. Uniting with FORME feels like a natural fit for us and we're honoured to bring the competition to Bergamo in 2019, a beautiful city with a wealth of cheese heritage."
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