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Cheese charity event set for March 19
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MADISON - The World Championship Cheese Contest and Wisconsin Cheese Originals will host the Champion Cheese Charity Event - A Benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank on Wednesday, March 19 at the Monona Terrace.

Tickets are $35 and will only be sold in advance at The event hosts guarantee that at least $10,000 from ticket proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin.

Cheeses for the evening will be selected from the 2,615 entrants into the 30th biennial World Championship Cheese Contest arriving from not only the United States but also Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Romania, South Africa, Norway and other various European cheesemaking nations.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the Championship Round of Judging starting at 7 p.m. Attendees will be on hand for the final round of cheese judging, as 50 expert judges from 20 countries determine and name the Best of Show. At least 50 the world's best and most rare cheeses will be sampled until 9 p.m. Complimentary appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Sponsors of the event include Belgioioso Cheese, Brennan's Market, Holland's Family Cheese, Larry's Market, Metcalfe's Market and Sartori.

For more information, visit or contact Jeanne Carpenter, Wisconsin Cheese Originals, at 608-358-7837.