It’s time for FORME and the World Cheese Award in Bergamo, Italy this weekend! Those of you who’ve been following me on Instagram know that Italy has a special place in my heart. More specifically, South Tyrol and Lombardy are two of my favorite regions. And speaking of Lombardy: there’s an exciting event coming up in Bergamo! From the 17th to 20th of October, Bergamo becomes the European capital of cheese with “FORME”: 4 days of events dedicated to arts of the dairy!

FORME Cheese Festival in Bergamo

In short, Forme is an event that wants to celebrate the entire Italian dairy and cheesemaking sector. It’s the fourth edition already and this year it takes place in Bergamo. The city of 120,000 inhabitants is one of the oldest of Lombardy. The fact that the event takes place in Bergamo isn’t a coincidence. 9 of Italy’s 50 PDO are produced in the province of Bergamo.

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

World Cheese Awards

Flagship event this week is the World Cheese Awards, the Oscars of cheese as you could call it. The World Cheese Awards will visit Italy for the first time, as part of the annual FORME cheese festival. Cheeses from all over the world will be judged; this year’s line-up is set to be bigger and more diverse than ever before! The World Cheese Awards are held in the Promoberg – Fiera di Bergamo pavilions from 18 to 20 October. First day is for professionals in the sector, but during the weekend, it’s open to the public.

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

Tastings and exhibitions

And there’s even more mouth-watering news for all you cheese lovers. Over the course of the weekend, it will be possible to participate in tastings! The exhibition at Palazzo della Ragione celebrates the best cheese of 2019. It is bound to be an amazing event, complete with show cooking and everything!

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

Great time to visit Bergamo and the rest of Lombardy

See, that’s what I love so much about Lombardy: there’s always something exciting happening, no matter when you visit it. And even if you’re a bit less into cheese than I am, FORME and the World Cheese Awards might be a good occasion to check out the rest of Bergamo, with its impressive Venetian Walls, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

`FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

Lombardy as a whole is equally worth a visit. Milan, Monza and Bergamo are all beautiful cities. I haven’t had the chance to visit Brescia but I’d love to go there as I have heard good things about it. And apart from cities, you have Lago di Como and Lago di Garda where you can spend some time to relax.

 

FORME, World Cheese Awards in Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy: cheese festival

 

Want to read more about Lombardy? Check out my popular blog post ‘Most beautiful villages around Lake Como’ and read my review of Hotel de la Ville in Monza. Make sure to check back in a few weeks. I will be visiting Lombardy again in December and I couldn’t be more excited!

 

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