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The World Cheese Awards

The ultimate homage to fromage, the largest cheese competition on the planet, The World Cheese Awards are coming to Taste of London!

With London maturing into a global epicentre of fine food, it’s only fitting that Taste of London plays host to the ultimate homage to fromage and largest cheese competition on the planet – The World Cheese Awards.

Welcoming the awards to pastures anew in their 30th year, the global cheese community; cheesemakers, retailers, buyers, consumers and food commentators worldwide, will descend upon Tobacco Dock, as 3,000 cheeses from 30 countries vie for the title of the world’s best cheese, as decided by 250 expert judges from every corner of the globe.

What to expect at Taste

On Thursday 16 November, take part in a special tasting of previous cheese champions and learn all about the awards from a World Cheese Awards expert judge at 7.30pm in the AEG Taste Theatre.

At the weekend, all weekend, the vaults will be thrown open to Taste visitors, when you can take your curd nerdery to another level on a specialist cheese tasting tour, including ‘Pimp my cheese’, ‘How to eat cheese’ (hint: with wild abandon) and ‘The raw milk revolution’.

There’ll be cheese markets. There’ll be tastings. There’ll be awards. It’ll be glorious.

Check out the tours and how to book below

World Cheese Awards Tours

Fancy yourself the cultured type? At the weekend, when the World Cheese Awards official judging is done Taste of London offers a unique opportunity to experience the world’s finest cheeses and learn from the best in the business, as you taste your whey around the vaults with guided tours from expert judges.

Space is very limited, so make sure secure your spot quick, before every man and his mouse gets wind and wants a slice!

Cheese: when red wine fails. Taste 5 cheeses where red wine doesn’t work and what to drink instead (Sat & Sun)

Discover the world away from cheese and wine. World Cheese Awards experts will talk you through a tasting of what to do when red wine doesn’t work and what to drink instead.

Pimp my Cheese – the funky and dangerous world of flavoured cheeses (Sat & Sun)

Join a top cheese expert from the World Cheese AWards to uncover the funky and dangerous world of flavoured cheeses and taste your way to your favourite flavours.

Appellation nation – what is the protected food name scheme and why does it matter? (Sat & Sun)

Why are some cheese names protected and what does it mean? This tour and tasting of the classics explores what the protected food name scheme is and why it matters.

How to eat cheese – a trip through the basics and what you’d learn at Academy of Cheese Level 1 (Sat & Sun)

Learn how the experts do it. A trip through the basics – how to taste, compare and talk about cheese and the steps to find out more with the Academy of Cheese.

The raw milk revolution: is unpasteurised always better? (Sat & Sun)

A tour and tasting where World Cheese Awards experts bring you into the conversation of the moment: pasteurised versus unpasteurised. Is unpasteurised always better?

Tours run throughout Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November and last for 20 mins each.

Tour tickets are £8 per person. To book your spot, purchase an entry ticket to Taste of London and then add on a Cheese Tour ticket.

If you have already booked a ticket, head to the tickets page, select the session and ticket type you’ve booked and enter your booking reference. You can now select a Cheese Tour as an add-on to your ticket.

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