Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE United States CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST?
The United States Championship Cheese Contest® is the nation’s premier technical cheese, butter, and yogurt competition. Held biennially since 1981, 2023 marks the 21st edition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
When is the next U.S. Contest?
The next United States Championship Cheese Contest will be held February 21-23, 2023, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
When will Entry INformation Be Available?
When can I enter?
Entry will open for the 2023 United States Championship Cheese Contest on October 19, 2022.
When is the Entry Deadline?
Early-Rate Deadline: December 1, 2022 ($75 Entry Fee)
Final Entry Deadline: January 18, 2023 ($85 Entry Fee)
How do I enter?
Can I attend?
The Contest judging is open for free public viewing during preliminary rounds of judging.
Can I Volunteer?
Individuals who work in the cheese industry may be volunteers at the Contest. Volunteer information will be available in December of 2022.
When do I ship my products?
Entries need to arrive by February 8, 2023. (Fresh products are due by February 15).
Entries are sent to WOW Logistics Warehouse in Little Chute, Wisconsin.
Shipment details and instructions will be sent to entrants once entry closes.
MyEntries users have auto-filled shipping tags with entry product information.
Find the “Print Your Shipping Tags” button.
Note: each entry should be sent in its own box with a shipping/identification tag on the outside and another on the inside.
Do I send with or without retail labels?
Entrants may send products in their original packaging, with or without labels. Evaluations are objective; labels are not considered in the evaluation.
How does the judging work?
Entries are evaluated by a team of skilled technical judges from across the nation. Starting from a maximum possible 100 points, deductions are made for various defects found by each judge.
Defects are noted in the areas of flavor, body and texture, salt, color, finish, packaging, and other appropriate attributes. A Gold medal, Silver medal and Bronze medal are awarded to the three highest-scoring entries in each class.
How do I access my scoresheets?
Scoresheets are available for entrants in their secure MyEntries account as soon as judging is complete.
Entrants can login to their account and click on “View Your Results and Scoresheets”.
A list will show with all of their entries and each will show a link to “View Scoresheets”. They can then view and print each judge’s scoresheet by selecting “Scoresheet 1” or “Scoresheet 2”.
If I win, how do I get my award?
Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association will send out individual emails to winners with information on receiving award plaques and ribbons.