At Cheese, the Italian and International Market hosts the very finest products that cheesemakers, shepherds, cheese mongers and affineurs around the world.

The Market is open every day from 10 a.m. to 8.30 p.m.

The cheeses on sale—whether made from cow’s, sheep’s or goat’s milk—will all be made exclusively with raw milk in dairies attentive to animal welfare, consistent with the Slow Food philosophy and the campaign which has defined Cheese since its first edition.

This will be particularly evident at Cheese 2021, in line with the theme of this year’s edition: Consider the Animals. There are diverse approaches to this topic, from the philosophical to the practical, with the latter being expressed in the Market. Because the relationship between humans and animals, and the way we treat them, must be radically altered.

The Market Selection Criteria

In making their selection of exhibitors, the Organizers will prioritize the following:

  • Cheesemakers, affineurs and selectors.
  • Businesses that produce entirely or mostly using raw milk.
  • Businesses that produce cheeses without industrial starter cultures, or with self-produced starters (milk starter, whey starter).
  • Businesses with animals that are primarily grazed outdoors, with the supplementation of grass/hay.
  • Businesses that make cheeses using milk from native breeds.

It is absolutely forbidden to sell the following:

  • Cheeses made using thermized or pasteurized milk, with the exception of Gorgonzola DOP and traditional fresh cheeses (e.g. raviggiolo or squacquerone)
  • Products containing ingredients obtained using transgenic methods (GMOs) and/or products flavored with synthetic flavorings and/or non-natural products, e.g. cheeses with artificial truffle flavoring, cheeses made with transgenic rennet, cheeses whose rinds have been chemically treated or smoked using liquid smoke, cheeses containing artificial preservatives, additives or colorings.

Read the full selection criteria.

International cheeses

Cheese 2021 will not focus on any specific “host country”, there will be a strong presence of international producers from Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and the UK.

Beyond Cheese: Natural cured meats, honeys, vinegars and preserves

Besides cheese and dairy produce, to widen the panorama of natural foods at Cheese an area of the market will host a selection of natural cured meats. Cheese 2021 features charcuterie produced without nitrites or nitrates, because natural food isn’t just tastier, it’s better for our health and has a smaller environmental impact.

Finally, the market also has honeys, vinegars and preserves to complete your cheese tasting experience!

Are you a raw milk cheesemaker and wish to take part in Cheese 2021? You’re still in time to do so. Write now to espositori@slowfood.it