All events will take place at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • For your convenience, registration will be open Tuesday, April 12 from Noon to 7:00 p.m.
  • The exhibit floor is open one day: Wednesday.

Wednesday, April 12 – Day 1

Registration Hours 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Coffee, Networking

7:00 a.m–8:00 a.m. | Lobby

Opening Keynote Address

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. | Hall A

Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest

8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. | Mendota Rooms 6–8

This is the first time this contest will take place at the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference! Dairy students from across the country and around the world will test their skills against one another at the 96th annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest.  The Contest represents the culmination of student training by college professors who are experts in dairy product evaluation.  A group of industry experts select the six products to be judged in each of the six categories, and they evaluate them using the same attributes and scoring values taught by the coaches. This is the first year this contest will take place at the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference.

Education Sessions

9:00 a.m.–Noon | Mendota Rooms 1-4 and Lake Rooms

Tabletop/Modular Display Exhibits | One Day Wednesday

10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. | Halls BCD

Our largest-ever exhibit floor every with 272 exhibitors!

Complimentary Lunch

11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m | Hall A

Collegiate Dairy Contest Presentation of Awards

4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m | Hall A

Chr. Hansen Championship Cheese Auction Reception

5:00 to 7:30 | Hall A

Thursday April 13  – Day 2

Registration Hours 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  | Lobby

Coffee, Networking

7:00 a.m–8:00 a.m. | Lobby

Opening Keynote Address

8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. | Hall A

Education Sessions

9:00 a.m.–Noon | Mendota Rooms

Industry Recognition Luncheon

Noon–1:15 p.m. | Hall A

Afternoon Educational Sessions

1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. | Mendota Rooms

United States Championship Cheese Contest Reception

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Atrium Lobby at the Alliant Energy Center

United States Championship Cheese Contest Awards Banquet

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | Hall A at the Alliant Energy Center

Afterglow Reception

8:30 p.m.–Midnight | Sheraton Madison Hotel