Following another successful edition of the World Cheese Awards in London last month, the Guild of Fine Food has announced that the competition will be held in Norway for the first time in 2018, in partnership with HANEN, an organisation promoting Norwegian countryside.

Forming part of a brand new food festival, The Food Country Norway, the 31st annual World Cheese Awards will take place in Bergen on November 2.

Having shone the spotlight on Norwegian cheese in 2016, when the Norwegian cheese Kraftkar was named World Champion Cheese in San Sebastián, next year’s event will give the country’s producers a platform to showcase their food and drink on a world stage.

With support from Norway’s minister of agriculture and food, Jon Georg Dale, and the Bergen city government, next year’s edition is expected to be bigger than ever. More nations were represented in 2017 than ever before and the organiser is expecting to reach 3,500 entries for the first time next year.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food and organiser of the World Cheese Awards, commented: “In 2016 the World Cheese Awards roadshow was an integral part of San Sebastián celebrating being European Capital of Culture. Following the success and huge international reach achieved by this event, we’re honoured to have been asked by the wonderful city of Bergen to host the 2018 edition there.”

Bernt Bucher-Johannessen, executive manager at HANEN, adds: “I’m so proud that HANEN has been successful in bringing the competition to Norway. As Bergen holds the title as one of UNESCO’s chosen gastronomy cities, it was a natural choice for hosting the event. The World Cheese Awards will be a fantastic arena for promoting Norwegian local cuisine.”