New Norwegian food festival to host World Cheese Awards 2018

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Norwegian cheeses, including Fløtemysost, will be under the spotlight when the World Cheese Awards head to Bergen, Norway, as part of The Food Country Norway food festival in 2018. Pic:©GettyImages/PicturePartners
Norwegian cheeses, including Fløtemysost, will be under the spotlight when the World Cheese Awards head to Bergen, Norway, as part of The Food Country Norway food festival in 2018. Pic:©GettyImages/PicturePartners

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After partnering with San Sebastián in Spain for the inaugural International Cheese Festival in 2016, the World Cheese Awards were held in London in 2017, and they are now headed out again, this time to a new food festival.

The award event’s organizers, the Guild of Fine Food, has announced the competition will be held in Norway for the first time in 2018, in partnership with HANEN, as part of a brand new food festival, The Food Country Norway.

The event will be held in Bergen, with the 31st annual World Cheese Awards taking place on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Norway cheese King in Spain

At the event in Spain, it was a Norwegian cheese that took the World Champion Cheese award when Kraftkar, made by Tingvollost.

Organizers of the cheese event said they are expecting a record of more than 3,500 entries next year in Bergen, a designated UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy.

Recognition of Norway cheese

The event is being supported by Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, and the Bergen city government.

Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, executive manager of HANEN, said the World Cheese Awards will be “a fantastic arena for promoting Norwegian local cuisine.”

Norway’s Minister of Agriculture and Food, Jon Georg Dale, added the event would 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,”​ Dale said.

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