Bergen To Host World Cheese Awards 2018, As Part Of New Norwegian Food Festival

December 5, 2017

Following another record breaking edition of the World Cheese Awards in
London last month, the Guild of Fine Food has announced that the competition
will be held in Norway for the first time in 2018, in partnership with
HANEN, an organisation promoting the best that the Norwegian countryside has
to offer. Forming part of a brand new food festival, The Food Country
Norway, the 31st annual World Cheese Awards will take place in Bergen on
Friday 2 November.

 

 

Pict Shows: Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, executive manager ofHANEN, John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, Jon GeorgDale, Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, and Gunnar Waagen, chairmanof Tingvollost.


 

 

Having shone the spotlight firmly on Norwegian cheese in 2016, when
Kraftkar, made by Norwegian producer Tingvollost, was named World Champion
Cheese in San Sebastián, next year’s event will give the country’s producers
a platform to showcase their food and drink on a world stage. Already
designated as a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, Bergen will be ready to
show off the nation’s culinary class as the planet’s largest cheese-only
competition comes to town.

 

With support from Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale,
and the Bergen city government, next year’s edition of the World Cheese
Awards is set to be bigger than ever. More nations were represented in 2017
than ever before and the organisers are expecting to reach 3,500 entries for
the first time next year, as the international curd community gathers once
again.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the
World Cheese Awards, explained: “In 2016 the World Cheese Awards roadshow
was an integral part of San Sebastián celebrating being European Capital of
Culture. 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. We expect to hit 3,500 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.”

Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, executive manager of HANEN, adds: “I’m so proud
that HANEN has been successful in bringing the competition to Norway. As
Bergen holds the title as one of UNESCO’s chosen gastronomy cities, it was a
natural choice for hosting the event. The World Cheese Awards will be a
fantastic arena for promoting Norwegian local cuisine.” 

Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, commented:
“Competitions such as this are important and contribute to bringing
Norwegian cheese producers inspiration as well as recognition for their
quality products. That is why it’s especially gratifying to host next year’s
World Cheese Awards in Bergen. 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.”

Julie Andersland, commissioner for climate, cultural affairs and business
development in Bergen, commented: “The World Cheese Awards will be a very
positive event for Bergen, for business development in our region and to
give attention to local food and traditions. As a UNESCO creative city of
gastronomy this is the perfect event for us to host.”

This year’s World Cheese Awards took place at Tobacco Dock in London on
Friday 17 November, forming part of Taste of London Festive Edition. Cornish
Kern, an alpine-style cheese made by the UK’s Lynher Dairies Cheese Company,
was crowned World Champion Cheese.


 

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