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Old 03-05-2019, 11:48 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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I have never heard of cheese festivals, but I do make sure I try local cheeses any time we travel.

In California, where I live, I have been to several cheese factories or farms. We went to the Hillmar cheese factory, they make alot of cheese for small & large [roducers, it was very interesting to hear about the quality controls on the milk as it arrives etc & even more fun to try the samples. I fo to try some cheese curds, which I did not liek at all, they squeak while being chewed.

My very favorite cheese place is a goat dairy farm, in a small village, called Pescadero.

http://www.harleyfarms.com/

We did a tour there once, & they even let us milk a goat. Poor goat lol when we lived in San Francisco. we would often make it our destination for a picnic, they have such wonderful cheese & it is also fun to see the goats & kids in good conditions, in the fields.
Have fun at the festival & report back
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Old 03-05-2019, 11:51 AM
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Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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I'm totally in love with cheese!

Have a few books but would love to try out a festival. I had tickets to one in Wisconsin but had to cancel....

Tell your experiences and recommendations...for cheeses and for festivals, no matter where...

I haven't but either this past Sunday or the week before on the CBS TV show Sunday Morning they did a segment on a Wisconsin cheesemaker competing at a big Wisconsin cheese show, it was very interesting. You may be able to stream it from a CBS site. It was in Madison so may be the show you were hoping to attend.

Not a cheese show but I've been to a trade only Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in NYC thanks to a friend in the food business getting us tickets. It's amazing how full you can get just grazing on samples, not to mention how buzzed with espresso machines set-up seemingly every 20 feet!

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Old 03-05-2019, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I have never heard of cheese festivals, but I do make sure I try local cheeses any time we travel.

In California, where I live, I have been to several cheese factories or farms. We went to the Hillmar cheese factory, they make alot of cheese for small & large [roducers, it was very interesting to hear about the quality controls on the milk as it arrives etc & even more fun to try the samples. I fo to try some cheese curds, which I did not liek at all, they squeak while being chewed.

My very favorite cheese place is a goat dairy farm, in a small village, called Pescadero.

http://www.harleyfarms.com/

We did a tour there once, & they even let us milk a goat. Poor goat lol when we lived in San Francisco. we would often make it our destination for a picnic, they have such wonderful cheese & it is also fun to see the goats & kids in good conditions, in the fields.
Have fun at the festival & report back

Wow, great places around you. I know there are some individual farms in NC that make cheese but they are
spread out across the state.

I'd love the goat farm....and cheese made there!
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Old 03-05-2019, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I haven't but either this past Sunday or the week before they on the CBS TV show Sunday Morning they did a segment on a Wisconsin cheesemaker competing at a big Wisconsin cheese show, it was very interesting. You may be able to stream it from a CBS site. It was in Madison so may be the show you were hoping to attend.

Not a cheese show but I've been to a trade only Fancy Food Show at the Javits Center in NYC thanks to a friend in the food business getting us tickets. It's amazing how full you can get just grazing on samples, not to mention how buzzed with espresso machines set-up seemingly every 20 feet!

I saw the CBS Sunday Morning about the cheesemonger....
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:13 PM
 
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I volunteered at the annual American Cheese Society conference one year.

It was outrageous.

"More than 1,300 cheese professionals, purchasers, and influencers from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe attend to network, sample products, and learn from one another."

Artisan cheeses so good I wanted to lick the plate.

Next one is coming up the end of July in Richmond, Virginia.

https://www.cheesesociety.org/conference/
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:27 PM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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avoid them because of "the mouse problem" that spring up wherever these festivals come to town.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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This has me recalling the various “chariot de fromages” I’ve experienced in France. A cart with 20+ varieties of cheese gets wheeled to your table and you sample some.

I have tons of access to artisanal local cheese. I just try new ones occasionally as a treat. I drive by a Cabot cheese tasting center all the time. I stop occasionally. It’s not like there is any novelty to Cabot cheese.
I really like Cabot cheese. I prefer it the local fave, Tillamook cheese. I used to buy Cabot it in St. Louis.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:34 PM
 
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I went to one in Switzerland, it was great, came upon it by accident. I paid some fee and got this bracelet that let me have unlimited sampling, and I went around sampling cheeses and had some beers also. I was great because it was the morning and was in the mood for cheese. Would have bought some, but was traveling. Did end up buying a bunch of strawberries and chowing down on them later.
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Old 03-05-2019, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I volunteered at the annual American Cheese Society conference one year.

It was outrageous.

"More than 1,300 cheese professionals, purchasers, and influencers from throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe attend to network, sample products, and learn from one another."

Artisan cheeses so good I wanted to lick the plate.

Next one is coming up the end of July in Richmond, Virginia.

https://www.cheesesociety.org/conference/

Saved!

Oh I can't imagine being in the room with so many cheeses!!
I might faint from joy....and being able to talk with cheesemongers...

Thanks
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Old 03-05-2019, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I went to one in Switzerland, it was great, came upon it by accident. I paid some fee and got this bracelet that let me have unlimited sampling, and I went around sampling cheeses and had some beers also. I was great because it was the morning and was in the mood for cheese. Would have bought some, but was traveling. Did end up buying a bunch of strawberries and chowing down on them later.

Unlimited sampling!
And in Switzerland at that...
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