There’s a lot happening in the cheese world this spring! Scroll down to check out the festivals and holidays that we’re most excited for.
World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison, WI
With thousands of entries from all over the world, this biennial event is the world’s largest technical cheese contest. After two days of judging, a single grand champion is crowned. Through March 8.
Oregon Cheese Festival in Central Point, OR
Celebrate the cheeses of the Pacific Northwest for two days at Rogue Creamery, all while sipping the region’s best wine, craft brews, and cider, and snacking on local artisanal treats. Through March 18.
California Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa, CA
Head to the heart of California’s cheesemaking region for farm tours, seminars, and demos, then join makers for dinner to learn more about their cheeses as you eat meals utilizing them. Through March 25.
Foire Fromages et Vins International Cheese and Wine Fair in Coulommiers, France
At Coulommiers’ 51st annual cheese and wine fair, visitors can sample regional and national French specialties for four fromage-filled days. We’ll say oui to that! Through March 26.
Cheesetopia in Milwaukee, WI
In the center of America’s Dairyland at Milwaukee’s historic Grain Exchange, find new favorites while tasting over 100 cheeses and mingling with their makers. wisconsincheeseoriginals.com
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Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival in Atlanta, GA
Plan for a full day of grilled goodness at Atlanta’s second annual Grilled Cheese Festival. Grab a square of the toasty stuff and glug a cold one while jamming to live local music. Through June 17th.
Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
Celebrate the glory of traditional raw milk cheeses! Ask your cheesemonger to make you a sampling of their favorite raw milk cheese, and experience the unique flavor and traditional craftsmanship of these special wedges and wheels.
South African Cheese Festival in Cape Town, South Africa
This three-day outdoor event is full of tastings (expect honey, nuts, and indigenous teas, plus cheese, of course), demos, and even the chance to try your hand at cheese carving. Through April 29.
National Spanish Cheese Festival in Trujillo, Spain
Trek to Trujillo to sample a swath of handcrafted Spanish cheeses. Around 300 different cheeses—plus local wines and beers—make this gathering well worth the journey.
Through May 4.
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest in Asheville, NC
Find yourself in the lush mountains of the Carolinas for a celebration of local cheeses replete with tastings, workshops, and hands-on fun for the whole family. mountaincheesefest.com
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