The Olympics of Cheesemaking

On March 21st through the 23rd, the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association will host the 26th biennial World Championship Cheese Contest at the Monona Convention Center in Madison, WI. According to the press release, "dairy manufacturers from more than 20 nations are expected to send more than 1,500" cheeses to the competition, to be judged by an international panel of dairy experts.

Cheeses (and butters) will be judged similarly to olympic sports such as figure skating. Judges will start with a perfect score of 100, and make deductions for any flaws in the flavor, body, texture or appearance. Coverage of the contest will be available on the internet with "realtime images, results and live videostreaming of the World Champion Round." For more information, visit the web page of the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.