United States Championship Cheese Contest
GREEN BAY, WIS.
The biennial competition returns to America’s Dairyland to crown the greatest curds, butter, and yogurt in the nation. On the final day, toast the top winner at the contest’s public tasting event.
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest
Nosh curds and sip suds at this event featuring 25 beer and cider makers and 12 creameries and affineurs from around New England. New this year: charcuterie samples!
Oregon Cheese Festival
CENTRAL POINT, ORE.
This PNW curd celebration now spans two full days—all the better to squeeze in more tasting, learning, and sipping at Rogue Creamery.
California’s Artisan Cheese Festival
Beyond the festival itself, don’t miss the newly expanded farm tours; a jovial cheesemonger competition; and, new for 2017, a night dedicated to pairing local curds with spirits.
This traveling Midwest curd celebration stops in the larger Twin City this year. Meet and greet nearly 50 makers from around the Great lakes Region—and taste their cheeses, of course.
National Fondue Day
Our recipe for Fondue Cheesy Bread makes this timeless party food portable: culturecheesemag.com/fondue-bread.
National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
Eat everyone’s favorite sandwich for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack—find around-the-clock recipes at culturecheesemag.com/grilled-cheese-spectacular.
Raw-Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
Celebrate raw-milk cheese with various events around with various events around the world hosted by Oldways Cheese Coalition and its partners.
South African Cheese Festival
STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
This three-day outdoor event boasts not only a wide variety of wedges and wheels but also unique accompaniments: local wine, spicy preserves, and indigenous teas, to name a few.
Artisan Cheese Fair
MELTON MOWBRAY, ENGLAND
Sample some of the UK’s rarest cheeses alongside wine, cake, beer, chutney, meat pies, and more, or stop by a guided tasting or educational class.
Give a doe, ewe, or cow a thankful pet today. Remember: Without them there would be no cheese. (And call your own mom, too.)
Photo credits: Andrew Purcell, Rogue Creamery, Eric Isselee/Shutterstock.com