April 24, 2024
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World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison this week

Tuesday through Thursday, Madison hosts the World Championship Cheese Contest. You can go one of two ways!

World Championship Cheese ContestIn 2016, Emmi Roth won World’s Best Cheesemaker and brought the award to a U.S. cheesemaker for the first time since 1988. It happened at Monona Terrace in Madison, and this year, this beautiful venue hosts the World Championship Cheese Contest again!

This event spans three days and serves as a cheese lover’s paradise. Cheesemakers from all over the world descend on Wisconsin’s capital city to judge over 3,000 cheeses, butters, and yogurts.

It all starts Tuesday from 10am-4pm, when preliminary judging round begin. This is open to the public for FREE. You can enjoy some samples and watch the judges do their thing. The open-to-the-public judging rounds continue Wednesday from 9am-4pm before the big event on Thursday.

World Championship Cheese Contest, 2016

Thursday night is the Cheese Champion event. This ticketed event ($25, in advance) lets you sample more than 50 of the best cheeses from around the world. International cheese experts will be on hand to show you the intracicies of of cheese evaluation, and of course you can pair cheeses with other foods and craft beers that will be available. The event climaxes with the crowning of the World Champion Cheesemaker, with a big hullabaloo and then everybody goes out on the town.

World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, 2016 winner
Emmi Roth winning the contest in 2016.

World Championship Cheese Contest samplingMonona Terrace is a crown jewel of a conference center, with the original design going back to Frank Lloyd Wright. Perched overlooking Lake Monona on one side with a beautiful view of the Wisconsin State Capitol just a few blocks away, it’s a fantastic place for an event – especially one filled with specialty cheeses! Monona Terrace actually covers U.S. 151/John Nolen Drive for several blocks; it’s mere moments from the Beltline (U.S. 12/18), Park Avenue (U.S. 14/151), East Washington Avenue (U.S. 151), Highway 113, or Highway 30 from I-39/90/94.

World Championship Cheese Contest/Monona Terrace Address:

1 John Nolen Drive (U.S. 151)
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 286-1001

This is definitely something great to check out this week in Wisconsin, especially on Thursday evening!


Towering hunk at the World Championship Cheese Contest, Madison

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