California Commercial Cheese

Cheese on a board

The California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition celebrates the hard work, craftsmanship, and unique character of California Cheese.

Cheese judges are selected from respected cheesemakers, cheese merchants, writers, promoters, and educators.

The California State Fair recognizes the top award-winning cheeses at an annual, high profile press event on the steps of the State Capitol honoring the Best of Show wine, beer, cheese, and olive oil.

How to Enter

Competition Dates

The 2020 CA State Fair & Food Festival has been cancelled, including our events and competitions, due to safety concerns regarding COVID-19.

We are planning to make the 2021 CA State Fair & Food Festival the best one yet and we hope that you’ll enter next year’s competition! The 2021 competition dates will be announced later. Please check back soon.

2021 Dates Details
TBA Entries Open
TBA Entries Close
TBA Cheese Receiving Dates
TBA Judging Date

Divisions & Classes

Please see the guide for a full list of divisions and classes.