MADISON (WKOW) -- Judges from around the world will be sampling cheeses Tuesday and Wednesday at the Monona Terrace.
More than 2,300 varieties from as far away as South Africa will compete for the grand prize - World's Best Cheese.
The judges are from an equally diverse background, including countries like Argentina, Australia and Switzerland.
New York judge Kate Arding says, "In my mind's eye, I'm still paying attention two minutes after. Does it leave me wanting more, or is it what I call the two mile cheese, where I get in the car, drive two miles down the road, and still have a positive experience going on."
"It's kind of like the Olympics," said John Umhoefer of the Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association. "Someone comes out and they've got a hundred percent score, hundred point score...until they do something wrong and then they've got maybe a 99 or 98 or a 97."
There are events open to the public between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. March 16 and 17. The contest concludes with judging from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on March 18.