emplacementEnercare Centre, TORONTO
May 9 to 11, 2023

International Cheese Competition

Building on its success in 2019 and 2022 with a presentation of 229 cheeses from nine countries, SIAL Canada welcomes you in May 2023 for its third edition of the International Cheese Competition. This competition comes from the desire to present the innovation and expertise of cheesemakers and share this passion with the world.
Under the presidency of our cheese expert Gurth M. Pretty, a jury made up of cheese industry professionals will evaluate the best of the best cheeses and award a gold medal to the best cheeses among the 26 selected categories. The ceremony will take place on the Fromage by SIAL pavilion in front of the media and visitors to the show on May 9, 2023.
This competition is open to cheeses of all types of milk, whether or not they are exhibitors at SIAL Canada. Don’t miss your chance to showcase your cheese!
26 categories | 20 Jury members | 27 medals

Why participate?

  • An effective market test: a competitive way to have your product tested by a panel of experts but also by the visitors of the show.
  • A showcase: Benefit from visibility in the catalog and website to generate additional traffic to your website and/or booth and maximize your return on investment.
  • Media coverage: Champions will be awarded “Category Champion” during a dedicated ceremony on the Cheese by SIAL pavilion on May 9, 2023. The ceremony will take place live in front of the trade press and visitors to the show.

  • A targeted sampling: The cheeses designated as Category Champions will be highlighted during tasting workshops for the public on May 9, 2023.
  • A promotional tool: In addition to the medal awarded at the ceremony, the Champions will receive a digital medal that you can promote to your audience.

Grand Champion 2022

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar
Cows Creamery | Prince Edward Island


MédailleA word from Arnaud Bernard, Cheesemaker at Cows Creamery: “The Grand Champion award is the end result of having access to a top-notch dairy industry in Prince Edward Island and working with a team of dedicated colleagues who strive to produce a top-notch cheese.

Gurth Pretty

Jury President

Cheese Expert

“The International Cheese Competition by SIAL Canada is an excellent opportunity for all cheesemakers to submit their cheeses for evaluation and feedback by cheese professionals. It is the only cheese competition in Canada where cheeses from all over the world can compete in their respective categories and compete for the title of Grand Champion. In the 2022 edition, I was pleased to announce that Canadian, American, Dutch, Swiss and Italian cheeses won. Personally, all 229 cheeses submitted from ten countries were winners.”

2022 Competition partners

Contact us

Maëlle Rey-Maréchal
Marketing and Special Operations Manager