World Cheese Awards
This is the most important global event for the cheese industry, which for 31 years has been attracting the world’s finest cheeses, where producers, suppliers, buyers, consumers and food critics celebrate tradition, innovation, talent and passion.
At Promoberg – Fiera Bergamo, 17 and 18 October will be given over entirely to promoting relationships between the dairy industry and distributors. The 200 selected exhibitors – encompassing producers, seasoners and packaging specialists – will come face-to-face with buyers from the national and international large-scale distribution, supermarket, normal trade, purchasing group and HO.RE.CA sectors.
At the Fiera di Bergamo expo hub, inside the pavilion playing host to the World Cheese Awards, a major showcase for the art of cheesemaking will be put in place. The festival, which will be open to the public, will take in 6000m2 of stands featuring ONAF expert-led tastings and an exhibition-cum-market – with plenty of information on pairing with complementary products such as beer, wine, preserves and honey – as well as gourmet stands and information points run by the major institutions.
And the winner is…
On display will be examples of cheesemaking excellence from around the world, in the form of the winners of the 31 previous World Cheese Awards. The exhibition, staged in the time-honoured Palazzo della Ragione, will celebrate the cheese that wins the 2019 World Cheese Awards alongside a “historic” Italian cheese, Montébore, chosen by Leonardo Da Vinci for the wedding of Isabella d’Aragona and Gian Galeazzo Sforza in Tortona in 1489. This is an homage to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci to mark the 500th anniversary of his death.
Market in the piazza: the Cheese Valley. Bergamo UNESCO Creative City
In the colonnaded loggia of Palazzo della Ragione, there will be an exhibition-cum-market open to the public, showcasing the cheesemaking prowess of the “Cheese Valley” – the project that will see Bergamo, alongside the provinces of Lecco and Sondrio, putting itself forward as a candidate for the status of UNESCO Creative City.
“Buono come il formaggio” Gala evening
To the sound of original music, there will be a charity fund-raising event to support research and voluntary work.