Bergamo is a land of records. Among its titles, it also holds a record of cheese-making excellence.
The numbers speak for themselves. Of the 50 national DOPs, 9 belong to the Bergamo area. The Orobic valleys have given rise to an enormous variety of shapes, ages and types of cheese. For these reasons, Bergamo is called the "European Cheese Capital".
But what makes Bergamo such a privileged place for the cheese-making culture?
They are the Orobie mountains, rich in pastures; the herds, bred with love by the Bergamì (typical herdsman from Bergamo) and the millenary art of the cheesemakers who, as skilled alchemists, transform pure mountain milk into the tastiest cheeses.
FORME – meaning whole cheeses or shapes - is the name of the project that aims to enhance the Bergamo dairy -cheesemaking heritage and has been organising special events dedicated to cheese for 4 years now.
This year will be an extraordinary edition because it will host the World Cheese Awards, the most important international competition dedicated to the art of cheese-making, during which the best cheese in the world is chosen.
Write down the dates! From 17th to 20th October Bergamo will host "The world of cheese".
And on the 18th we will have the cheese world Champion!