Summer of Cheese in the Northeast

by dccheese on July 16, 2018

in American Cheese Society,cheese festivals,Cheesemakers & People,events,Tweets + News

The American Cheese Society Conference & Competition returns to the east coast this year, taking place July 25-28 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its concluding Festival of Cheese on Saturday, July 28th, is open to the public and gives attendees a chance to sample some of the 2,000+ cheeses entered in the annual cheese competition. (Sometimes the only chance many will have to taste the year’s Best of Show, which can be hard to catch in stores after the big win.) Get your tickets here.

If you’re attending ACS — or just local to the area — don’t miss the Thursday, July 26th joint fundraiser for cheese education and the Pennsylvania Cheese Guild at Southern Tier Brewing Co. Ticket proceeds benefit the Guild, Oldways Cheese Coalition and Daphne Zepos Teaching Award. Claim your spot here.

Next month, the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival celebrates its 10th year on Sunday, August 12, at Shelburne Farms outside Burlington. I am finding it hard to believe that it’s been an entire decade since I heard about the first ever festival, bought a couple tickets, and road tripped with a toddler and my sister–in-law (who was willing to babysit for cheese, bless her heart) to see if this Vermont cheese thing was going places.

curd kid at vermont cheesemakers festival 2009

Since that first festival, Vermont cheese has placed in the top 3 ACS Best of Show seven of those ten years — some of the cheesemakers we met that first year have moved on, but the festival just keeps getting bigger and better. (One of my early favorites, Willoughby, is now made by Jasper Hill Farm.) This annual family reunion of cheese is still my favorite cheese event, full of friendly cheesemakers and delicious accompaniments (cider, beer, jams and so much more) to nosh on as you graze your way through the historic and stunningly gorgeous barn and grounds of Shelburne Farm. Get more details about this year’s festival here or go straight to the ticket page here.

vermont cheesemakers festival 2013 | cheeseandchampagne.com

If you’re in the northeast, you can keep the cheese love rolling right into September with the Maine Cheese Festival on September 9, 2018, in Freeport, Maine: tickets and info here.

And if all these events are leaving you with a major case of FOMO, here’s an option for you west coasters:

The 4th annual San Francisco Cheese Festival takes place September 15-16 with seminars at the Cheese School of SF and a cheese bash on the 15th. Details here.

Where will you get your cheese on this summer?

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