Got a question about the Great British Cheese Awards? Have a look at the list of frequently asked questions below to find all sorts of useful information about nominating, entering and voting.

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Nominations Open (3rd May)


When do nominations / entries open?

Nominations are open from 11 May until 23 June.

Cheese producers and retailers can also enter their own cheeses and outlets in that period.

When do nominations / entries close?

You have until midnight on 23 June to make your nominations and entries.

How many times can I nominate / enter?

The public can nominate as many different cheeses, retailers and producers as they like in one or all of the cheese categories.

A retailer can only enter their shop or business once.

A producer can enter as many cheeses as they like in one or all of the cheese categories.

Repeat nominations of the same cheese, producer or retailer by the same person will only be counted once.

What kind of cheeses are you looking for?

There are five cheese categories which the public can nominate in and cheese producers can enter – hard, blue, soft, semi-soft and fresh. They must be made by small, artisan producers – no industrially-produced cheddars please! For further details of the cheese types visit this link.

What kind of producers are you looking for?

We are looking for people producing excellent cheese in Great Britain. This could be a lone farmer, a start up cheese producer or an artisan business that has consistently produced a variety of great cheese for years. The cheese must be produced and aged entirely by the person or company being nominated or entered – it cannot be aged by a different organisation.

What kind of retailers are you looking for?

We are looking for retailers selling a range of British cheese. This can be a specialist shop full of different varieties, a counter at a delicatessen or farm shop, a stall at a farmers’ market or an online store.

Does the retailer have to have a physical presence?

No, if you want to nominate or enter an online store you can do so, but the online shop must be based in Great Britain.

Does the cheese have to be for sale?

Yes, the cheese must be currently commercially available for it to be nominated or entered by a producer. Cheese that is being developed but is not yet available for sale or cheese which is no longer available cannot be nominated or entered.

Can I nominate or enter cheese that is produced outside of Great Britain?

The cheese must be produced in the UK – this includes England, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland.

How is the voting shortlist created?

Those cheeses, producers and retailers with the most nominations and entries per category who meet the criteria laid out in the nomination section will form the voting shortlist. The organisers may contact the nominees directly for further details, but all those shortlisted will be contacted personally and informed they have reached the next stage.

When does voting open and close?

Voting opens on 5 July 2016 and closes on 9 September 2016.

How many times can I vote?

You will need a valid email address to vote and you will need to confirm this email address for your votes to be valid. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like but can only vote for one cheese, producer or retailer within each category. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify votes if they have reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent, excessive or suspicious patterns of voting have occurred or consider there has been any attempt to rig the voting.

Can I vote for my own cheese, company or retail outlet?

Yes you can subject to the conditions laid out in the above question – 'How many times can I vote?'.

What happens after voting?

Those with the most votes in each category will go into the finals which will be announced mid-September. Tastings of the finalists' cheeses will be carried out by the specialist panel of judges and the organisers. The finalists will be invited to the awards ceremony in London by the end of October 2016, where the overall winners of each category will be announced.

The organisers will issue a press release with details of the finalists in each category and a further release will name the winners. The finalists, winners and runners up will also be announced on this website.