If you're a local, you need to know that the fifth annual Colorado Cheese Festival is coming very soon.
Very. The event will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Plaza Event Center, 1900 Ken Pratt Boulevard in Longmont, Colorado.
The fest focuses on dairy farmers and cheesemakers. Jackie Rebideau, the founder of the event, said, “The Colorado Cheese Festival has been an amazing venue to experience artisanal products. Guests should come hungry, and enjoy the flavors of American artisanal cheeses.”
Besides general cheesy goodness, there will be educational sessions with pairing expert Max McCalman of Artisanal in New York City and Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg of Boulder.
There will also be sessions on mozzarella-making, a fondue-making, and a chocolate and cheese pairing seminar.
The tentative schedule is:
11-noon: Cheese Recipes with Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg ($10)
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: Beer is the New Wine. (21+ only) Max McCalman pairs cheese with Oskar Blues brews ($10)
2 to 3 p.m.: Mozzarella-making with Rich McGaughey. (Free)
3:30 to 4:30p.m.: Fondue and other melted cheese ideas by Lori Baumann (Free)
All sessions are limited to 200 attendees.
34 Degrees Crispbreads
Avalanche Cheese Company
Beecher’s Handmade Cheese
Broken Shovels Farm
Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Carr Valley Cheese
Cellars at Jasper Hill
Cozy Cow Dairy
Cypress Grove Chevre
Gourmet Foods International
Grafton Village Cheese Company
Beehive Cheese Company
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy
Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy
Laz Ewe 2 Bar Goat Dairy
Mile High Organics
MouCo Cheese Company
Oskar Blues Brewery
Primo Specialty Foods
Vermont Farmstead Cheese
Victory Hill Farm
Wine & Whey
General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.cocheesefest.com (where you'll find more info), or are available at the door.
I'll be there, and will be posting about it later. Can't wait ... mmmm... cheese...