World Championship Cheese Contest Early Entry Savings Extended

Posted By: Grace Atherton WCMA News,

By popular demand, dairy product manufacturers worldwide now have an additional week to enter the 2024 World Championship Cheese Contest at a special rate of just $75 per entry, available until Friday, December 8. 

The final deadline for all entries is January 26, 2024. Submissions can be entered online using the secure MyEntries© system at 

"Companies worldwide have seen tremendous value in the technical feedback and media exposure they gain from the World Championship Cheese Contest. This year, entrants can maximize their participation even more by taking advantage of our early entry fee,” said Kirsten Strohmenger, Contest Director for Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA), which hosts the biennial competition. 

A team of internationally renowned expert judges will evaluate products March 5-7 at the Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The Contest will be open for free public viewing during the preliminary rounds of judging on March 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Starting from a maximum possible 100 points, judges will make deductions for defects found related to flavor, body and texture, salt, color, finish, and packaging. A gold, silver, and bronze medal will be awarded to the three highest-scoring entries in each class. Gold medal cheeses will move to the Championship Round for a shot at the World Champion Cheese title. 

Hosted by WCMA since 1957, this 35th biennial competition is the largest technical dairy products evaluation in the world. In 2022, judges evaluated 2,978 entries, with Gourmino Le Gruyère, made by Michael Spycher of Mountain Dairy Fritzenhaus in Bern, Switzerland, earning an impressive score of 98.423 out of 100 to win the top spot. 

Questions about the World Championship Cheese Contest may be directed to Kirsten Strohmenger at