Postponed to April 13th.
A message from the competition team:

For more than 165 years, the California State Fair has showcased the Best of California. Although we’re faced with challenging times right now, the CA State Fair & Food Festival team remains optimistic. We are in continuous communication with our States’s leadership as well as our partners to keep our competitors, volunteers and staff safe and healthy while we continue to plan for our competition season. We recognize the impact that this national emergency has had on personal lives and the agricultural business industry. In an effort to provide the opportunity for competitors to continue to focus on business and personal recovery, competition opening dates have been postponed to April 13.

As our leadership continues to guide us , we will continue to discuss how we can best support individuals and agricultural businesses during this time of need. As this is a fluid situation where things are changing daily, emails will be sent out with updates on the California State Fair and Food Festival and competition planning as things develop.

If you have any questions please contact us at cheese@calexpo.com.


The California State Fair Commercial Cheese Competition celebrates the hard work, craftsmanship and unique character of California Cheese.

2020 Competition Dates

Entries Open Online: April 13, 2020

Entries Closed Online: May 1, 2020

Cheese Receiving Dates: May 4 – 8, 2020

Judging Date: May 13, 2020

2020 Competition Resources:

2020 California Commercial Cheese Competition Guide

The Guide to the Best of California Magazine
Place an ad in the Guide of the Best of California Magazine

California Commercial Cheese Results Archive
2019 California Commercial Cheese Results-Searchable Database

For more information, contact cheese@calexpo.com