Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival 2021 has been announced

 Friday, July 9, 2021 


Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival 2021 has been announced in London along with The Guild of Fine Food, organizers of the World Cheese Awards, as the most important gastronomic event of the year.  In the event held on July 8th, both organizations have introduced their common project and referred to the region of Asturias in Spain as a competitive opportunity providing location. Figures invited have tried nine different cheeses guided by Patrick McGuigan, recognized judge of the World Cheese Awards.  Press and foodies assisting have tasted 6 cheeses coming from Asturias and representing its variety, as well as the last 3 World Cheese Awards wining samples.

With cheese taking centre stage, the festival will feature a series of events within its program from Wednesday 3 November until Saturday 6 November at the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos (PEC), Oviedo. Including the celebration of World Cheese Awards 2021, the most important cheese competition in the world.

The object of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival is to promote a professional congregation. Producers will be able to attend technological development, value-generating and quality certificate related subjects in a networking atmosphere.  Luisa Villegas, CEO of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival mentioned: The directive committee is very pleased with the international interest the festival has created. We are working on creating a scientific approach to future alimentation along with dairy professionals to create recognizable value. The Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival is a great indicator of the cheese as a way of impulsing economic growth.

The organizations have introduced the stage the Asturian region provides and explained the expectative for the becoming event. John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organizers of the World Cheese Awards commented that the World Cheese Awards’ return to Spain will be a huge moment for the international cheese community, not only allowing us to reunite but also to celebrate the resilience of an industry that’s had to dig deep to weather the global pandemic. Innovation has flourished in adversity, so they are expecting an exciting array of new cheeses to be entered this year, but it will also give us great pleasure to witness the return of more established cheeses from around the world, having survived trials and tribulations of COVID-19. With entries from around 40 different countries, this will be a truly international contest, but we’re expecting a strong showing from the hosts too – with 300 cheeses produced in Asturias, I’m confident a fair few accolades will be heading their way.

Dedicated only to cheese, with no other dairy products judged, the 33rd World Cheese Awards will take place in Oviedo on Wednesday 3 November as part of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival 2021, run by the Instituto del Queso, in partnership with the Principality of Asturias and the City Council of Oviedo.

Representatives from these last institutions have made video interventions to show their gratitude for hosting an event meaning an opportunity for the global cheese community to come together after a year of extraordinary challenges. Adrián Barbón, President of the Principality of Asturias commented that it is an honour to host the 33rd edition of the World Cheese Awards. The most important worldwide cheese competition heading Asturias will turn our community into the world’s cheese capital for some days.

Building upon the Asturias region’s rich cheesemaking heritage, the festival will present a packed program of events for both trade and consumer visitors. Alfredo Cantelli in the representation of Oviedo’s City Council addressed the professionals in the event: You know the touristic, social and economic impact the International Cheese Festival brings to the cities is held in. The City Council knows the importance of this event for Oviedo, and that is why we are working hard for the festival to be unforgettable for producers, judges and citizens.

From 3-6 November 2021, Oviedo’s awe-inspiring Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos will provide the setting for the industry to reunite, do business, expand networks and look to the future.

The World Cheese Awards, hart of the Asturias Paraíso Natural International Cheese Festival, will open for entry from Monday 23 August, with organisers, the Guild of Fine Food, inviting cheesemakers across the globe to submit their products to be judged by an international panel of 230 experts from 30 different countries. 

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