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CasAlp Alp Cheese Championships

September 17, 2023
08.00 - 15.00

The hugely popular Bernese Alp Cheese Championships take place on the third Sunday in September every year. Local cheese producers submit around 120 different examples of AOP Bernese Alp Cheese (Alpkäse), Hobelkäse and Alpmutschli to be judged by a panel of experts.

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Im Herbst 2023 ist das Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg Durchführungsort der Alpkäsemeisterschaft CASALP.

Visitors are also be able to sample the cheeses (cheese heaven!). The event is designed to highlight the variety and uniqueness of this natural product. While the Alp Cheese Championships play an important role in promoting quality, the organisers also lay on a wonderful festival, showcasing AOP Bernese Alpkäse and Hobelkäse – the perfect end to a busy but rewarding alpine season.

In autumn 2023, this traditional event will be held at the Swiss Open-Air Museum.

On Saturday, 16 September 2023, the judging of the alpine cheeses will take place in the public works barn from Aarau AG (695).

Programme on Sunday, 17 September 2023:

10 am – 2 pm   Tasting featuring around 100 examples of AOP Berner Alpkäse, Hobelkäse and Alp-Mutschli in the public works barn from Aarau AG (695)

10 am – 5 pm   Refreshments & market stalls

From 1:45 pm   Prize-giving ceremony with an official speech by Grand Council member Peter Flück

The premium king of cheeses, AOP Berner Alpkäse, is produced on around 500 Alpine meadows in the canton of Bern during the short summer period (from approx. mid-May until the end of September). The cheese matures in three stages, allowing it to develop its own unique character. During the first 4½ months, it is a floral young semi-hard Alpine cheese. It then develops into a characterful AOP Berner Alpkäse (Coeur des Alpes) before turning into exquisite AOP Berner Hobelkäse from 18 months onwards. No menu would be complete without this extra-hard cheese, no matter whether it is served in pieces or as shavings. The quality of this natural product made from unpasteurised milk, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and bioactive peptides and thus has health benefits, has significantly improved in the past 20 years. The Bernese Alp Cheese Championships from CASALP, the trade organisation for AOP Berner Alpkäse and Hobelkäse, have been instrumental to this improvement.

Every wheel of AOP Berner Alpkäse is one-of-a-kind and is shaped by the place where it is produced and the position of the Alpine meadow. Each one is as unique as the stories and faces of the Alpine craftspeople who pour so much passion and skill into the creation of this high-quality product.

  • Am 16. und 17. September findet im Ballenberg die Alpkäsemeisterschaft statt.
  • Berner Alpkäse
  • Berner Hobelkäse

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