5 Cheeses That Make Perfect Hostess Gifts

5 Cheeses That Make Perfect Hostess Gifts

Holiday parties are in full swing, and you’re going to need a perfect, no-fail hostess gift to tote along with you. Enter cheese, the gift that keeps on giving. There are two ways of gifting wedges and wheels: you can either bring it plated and ready-to-serve, or discreetly hand it over to your host for them to enjoy later.

We’ve rounded up a list of our top 5 cheeses that make perfect hostess gifts. Just pair them with one of our trusty cheese storage products to keep it fresh even after the party’s over.

  1. Rush Creek Reserve from Uplands Cheese

This bark-wrapped wheel from Wisconsin only comes around once a year, so stock up before it’s gone for the season. It’s as soft as frosting and tastes like bacon and pine. Pair with a Belgian bomber and our reusable cheese storage bags.

  1. Truffle Tremor from Cypress Grove

Nothing screams holiday indulgence like black truffles. We love how the tart, lemony flavors in this dense cheese really bring out the best of those aromatic flavors. Pair with a bottle of bubbles and a box of our cheese storage paper.

  1. Aged Gouda

Who can resist those crunchy crystals and notes of salted toffee? An aged gouda is always a total crowd-pleaser, and it’s sturdy enough to travel long distances. Add a bag of candied pecans and our cheese storage bags, which also make for a perfect travel companion.

  1. A Mini Wheel of Brie

Brie is a familiar, approachable cheese that goes with a variety of sweet and savory flavors. We especially like triple creams this time of year, like Mt Tam from Cowgirl Creamery. Splurge on a nice jar of preserves to go with the wheel and add a box of cheese storage papers to complete the set.

  1. Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery

This Oregon classic is another one of our seasonal favorites. It's a creamy blue that's wrapped in pear brandy-soaked Syrah leaves, imbuing the wheel with a delightful boozy character. Gift this one with our transparent biodegradable cheese storage sheets, so you can still see that pretty cheese even when it’s all wrapped up.

Questions about how to wrap your cheese? Check out our guide to forming the perfect French pleat.


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September

The Maine Cheese Festival
Sunday, September 8th
Pittsfield, Maine 

A gathering of over 25 Maine Cheese Guild cheesemakers coupled with brewers, wineries, cideries, food trucks, and artisans offering up their goods to sample and enjoy. The festival is a fundraiser  for the Maine Cheese Guild, a non-profit trade organization that works year-round to educate Maine cheesemakers and elevate the quality of Maine cheese and dairy.

SF Cheese Fest
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Sand Francisco, California
California’s premier urban cheese festival features more than 20 of the state’s artisan cheesemakers showcasing their cheeses. Sip on local beverages, enjoy  live music, and meet some of the best cheesemakers in the area.

Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival
Saturday, September 14th
Seattle, Washington
This annual festival showcases a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and try out their products! Tickets include all cheese samples and three drink tickets.

Lakeridge Winery’s Wine & Cheese Festival
Saturday, September 14th - Sunday, 15th
Clermont, Florida
Come for a complimentary wine tasting with samples of cheese to pair while enjoying live music, Lakeridge wine by the glass, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food available for purchase.

Slow Food Cheese Festival
Wednesday, September 18th - Wednesday, September 25th
Bra, Italy
Eat, drink and learn about cheese, wine, charcuterie, bread and pasta at the world’s biggest international foodie event. Held in the Piemonte countryside, farmers, cheesemakers, cheesemongers and affineurs take over the streets of Bra to celebrate the best cheeses in the world.

October

American Cheese Month
All month
Nationwide
Cheese lovers nationwide honor domestic wedges and wheels with classes, specials, tastings, and more. Ask your local cheese shop how they’re celebrating American cheese, or host a tasting yourself.

The Wedge
Saturday, October 5th
Portland, Oregon
A Farmers Market-style event celebrating cheese and the foods/beverages that pair with it. Sample and shop local, artisan cheese, specialty foods, beer, wine, and cider, or learn a little at a class or seminar.

Riverbank Cheese & Wine Expo
Sunday, October 13
Riverbank, CA
An annual tasting event that features locally produced artisanal cheeses, wines, and craft beers. Everything is individually chosen to highlight the best of the region.  

Cheesefest Australia
Saturday October 26th to Sunday October 27th
Adelaide, South Australia 
Australia’s biggest Cheese Festival and only Fermentation Festival has been combined into one event. Celebrate cheese and wine with all things fermented. Enjoy free cooking demos, guided tastings, and lots of snacks, too.

November

Massachusetts Cheese Festival
Saturday, November 2nd 
Somerville, Massachusetts
Sample and purchase dozens of different cheeses, beverages and local foods and meet some of Massachusetts’ award-winning artisan cheesemakers at this event that features educational sessions with local cheese experts.

The Global Cheese Technology Forum 
Tuesday, November 5th - Thursday, November 7th 
Reno, Nevada
This biennial event is designed to provide the latest technical information relevant to the cheese industry and provide knowledge, education and networking.

Cheese Berlin
Friday, November 8th to Sunday, November 10th 
Berlin, Germany
This annual fest in Berlin’s Markthalle Neun is driven by a Slow Food ethos; it’s a great spot to sample artisanal and traditional wheels from throughout Europe.

Grant Park Wine and Cheese Fest
Saturday, November 9th
Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss Grant Park Conservancy’s 2nd Annual Wine & Cheese Tasting Festival in Historic Grant Park. Featuring locally made wine and delectable cheese to pair it with, there should be something for everyone to enjoy!  

Cheese Festa
Monday, November 11th
Tokyo, Japan
Did you know that this will be Japan’s 27th year celebrating a national Cheese Day? Explore the country’s elusive cheese scene at this annual festival. 

Fête des Fromage
Wednesday, November 13th, Friday November 15th to Saturday November 16th
New Orleans, Louisiana
Back for a second year, Fête des Fromages, otherwise known as the NOLA Cheese Fest, is a celebration of all things cheese set against the backdrop of the culinary mecca of New Orleans. Taste more than 150 cheeses and meet cheesemakers from around the world on the grounds of the New Orleans Jazz Museum. 

December

10th Annual Crucolo Parade
Thursday, December 5th
Concord, Massachusetts
See the largest wheel of Italian Cheese in the Western Hemisphere as it arrives on a horse-drawn cart accompanied by music, dancing, proclamations, and of course — sampling!

Cheese Fest UK
Saturday, December 7th
Bath, United Kingdom
Experience some of the greatest cheeses in the world with melted raclette, gooey mozzarella sticks, top notch toasties, and a whole host of unique slices and cheese innovations from the UK’s best traders. 

Say Cheese Wine Trail
Saturday, December 14th - Sunday, December 15th
Hermann, Missouri
Sip and sample wine and cheese pairings, from the classic to the creative. Held annually the second weekend of December, this event coincides with Hermann’s popular Kristkindl Markt, an Old-World holiday market. 

The Most Decadent New Year's Eve! @ Murray's Cheese
Tuesday, December 31st
New York, New York
Ring in the new year by sipping on Champagne and enjoy a tasting of  foie gras, caviar, honest-to-goodness truffles, and of course, the best cheeses Murray’s have to offer, some of which are so special that they're only available during the holidays!


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