If you happened to be in New England this past week, you hopefully attended the Crucolo Day Parade in Concord, Massachusetts. The main attraction, of course, was a 400-pound wheel of Crucolo cheese, but the addition of the “town crier,” dancers, and Miss Crucolo USA definitely augmented the festivities. Now we just need a cheese event in every major U.S. city. Here’s some cheese news to inspire you while you brainstorm.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
- South Korea has a cheese theme park! That’s right. The Imsil Cheese Park is a 32-acre park complete with cheese-shaped buildings, classes, and mini cheese-themed rides.
- Rising demand for non-dairy cheese options has prompted the New England-based cashew cheesemaker Nuttin Ordinary (hands down the best name ever) to expand.
- December 12 marks the return of Whole Food’s famed 12 Days of Cheese. One cheese each day will be marked down 50%. See you there!
- Milwaukee Bucks’ star player Giannis Antetokounmpo received the best (and most Wisconsin) birthday present money can buy: a 40 pound wheel of cheese.
- Football coach Bill O’Brien coined the term “don’t take the cheese” to warn that success can lull you into a careless state. While maybe true, we respectfully disagree: always, always take the cheese.
- With holiday parties galore, bring a dish that’ll outshine all the competition. Smoked cheese is your answer.
- On a more solemn note, a salmonella outbreak in France linked to raw milk cheese has jumped to 80 potential cases. Belgium and Germany has joined with France in recalling the suspected culprit.