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The Dutch Professional Cheese Connoisseur Contest is unique in the world. A well-established yearly event since 1960! From a regional event for cheese traders, it has grown into the largest cheese spectacle in the Netherlands (a one-of-a-kind event) with the best professional cheese connoisseurs in the country.

The NNKC is unique because professionals in the cheese industry, trade, retail, specialty stores and research institutes look, smell, feel and taste a specially selected range of Dutch cheeses. The NNKC is about their knowledge about cheese. 

During the contest, the participants are presented with ten cheese drills (samples). Those who are the best in distinguishing the type, age, taste and quality will receive prizes. They are the best connoisseurs amongst the 600 participants. The contest is therefore a must for anyone who is professionally involved in Dutch cheese and a real pleasure to participate in.


The award ceremony which takes place a week after the competition is the largest networking event in the Dutch cheese sector. A highlight of the year for participants, artists provide a dazzling show and afterwards there is a buffet with the most beautiful cheeses in the Netherlands.

Take a look at the photos and video on www.nnkc.nl under ‘Terugblik’ to discover the uniqueness of the Dutch Cheese Craftsmanship Contest. And read our glossy magazine Kaas (Cheese) on the homepage. For more info e-mail us: info@nnkc.nl.