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International Alpine Cheese Olympics

The renowned event celebrates the best cheeses of the region and awards the ones with the finest ingredients and best taste.

The games for the Golden Dairyman's Harp

More than 100 dairymen from Germany, Austria, Italy, Liechtenstein and Switzerland are battling it out for the coveted “Golden Dairyman’s Harp” trophy. Just like in the real Olympics, the event is all about peak performances. After all, the winning cheeses have to excel in their quality as well as in their taste and use of regional ingredients.

Whether hard, soft, mild or nutty – there are strict quality criteria governing participation by the Alpine cheese producers from Austria, Germany, South Tyrol and Switzerland. Only authentic cheese made from unpasteurised fresh Alpine milk can be submitted before the jury. In addition, only cheese made on a registered, farmed alpine pasture may enter the competition. Depending on the variety, the cheese needs to mature for different lengths of time in order to develop its typical flavour and appearance. This can take several days or even years. Judging the five categories will be "cheese experts" from industry, commerce and education from Austria, South Tyrol, Germany and Switzerland. It will then award the coveted Galtür Dairyman's Harp in gold, silver and bronze.

It’s the taking part that counts!

The best thing about the International Alpine Cheese Olympics? You don’t have to be a dairyman or jury member to enjoy the fine taste of the exquisite cheese specialties! Guests of the event are encouraged to sample, enjoy and of course purchase the gourmet cheeses on the event day between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm.

Alpine cheese or mountain cheese, Emmenthal or Tilsit cheese, hard, soft or nutty: The “Olympics of good taste” are a dream come true for every cheese lover!

The Alpine Cheese Olympics at a glance

  • When: 30 September 2023 from 11:00 am
  • Where: Sports and Cultural Centre Galtür
  • Admission: 18 Euro
  • Traditional costume desired

Look forward to a varied program at the

29th International Alpine Cheese Olympics

  • 11:00 a.m.: Opening by the jury and blessing of the cheeses
  • 15:00: Welcome of the guests of honor, parade from the village square with the local band Galtür, the Trachtenfrauen and the Schützenkompanie Galtür
  • 16:00 - 18:00: Air rifle shooting at the Schützenlokal
  • 12:00 - 15:00: Musical entertainment "die Schneidig'n
  • 16:00 - 20:00: Musical entertainment by the "Galtür Syndicate
  • 20:00: Cheese award ceremony with the Galtürer Sennerharfe
  • From 21:00: Musical entertainment with "VOLKSBEAT
  • 11:00 - 18:00: Possibility of tasting and selling, Manuel Horeth will guide you through the program
  • 11:00 - 15:00: Musical entertainment by the "Fidelen Milser"
  • 15:00 - 20:00: Musical entertainment by "Men N'Blech"
  • From 20:30: Musical entertainment with the "Rieder Gipfelstürmer
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Event location

Sport- und Kulturzentrum Galtür
Gampele 67
6563 Galtür

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