SF Cheese Fest
The annual event is back for a third year with a smorgasbord of local cheese, jam, beer, wine, cider, pickles, and other specialty foods. sfcheesefest.com
This international Slow Food festival of fermented dairy is celebrating its 20th anniversary—don’t miss the four-day extravaganza packed with workshops, conferences, and, of course, loads of tastings. cheese.slowfood.com
Vancouver Cheese and Meat Festival
This roving event in the Pacific Northwest makes a stop in British Columbia to offer unlimited samples from its exhibitors. Find treasures, then purchase extra to take home from the on-site shop. cheeseandmeatfestival.com/vancouver
October 1-31: American Cheese Month
Visit participating retailers to receive an American Cheese Month Passport that scores discounts on favorite stateside wheels all month long. cheesesociety.org
A tasting ticket allows sampling from more than 50 vendors, proceeds of which support the Oregon Cheese Guild. thewedgeportland.com
Moldy Cheese Day
While we adore mold year-round, today offers another excuse to party with mucor-haired, roqueforti-veined, and candidum-fuzzed friends.
Can’t think of a costume? We’ve got some cheesy ideas: culturecheesemag.com/cheesy-halloween-costumes.
This year’s theme, “The Alps,” will draw makers from Switzerland to Slovenia to the Allgäu—plus producers of other Alpine-style wheels throughout Europe—to the Markthalle Neun for Berlin’s largest cheese festival. cheese-berlin.de
National Nachos Day
Celebrate with one of culture’s creative combos here.
Cheese is now big in Japan—so big that it has its own national holiday (November 11) complete with this two-day festival showcasing curds galore from global makers. cheesefesta.com
Another excuse to compose a cheese plate; find splendid seasonal options at culturecheesemag.com/fall-cheese-plates.