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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World Championship Cheese Contest
Tuesday, March 3rd to Thursday, March 5th
Madison, Wisconsin
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Sunday, March 8th
Melbourne, Australia
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Oregon Cheese Festival
Saturday, March 14th to Sunday, March 15th
Central Point, Oregon
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Mould Cheese Festival
Brisbane, Australia
Friday, March 20th to Saturday, March 21st
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Sunday, March 22nd to Monday, March 23rd
Mould Cheese Festival is a celebration of Australian cheese, presented by REVEL in collaboration with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese. The best producers from around the country  will showcase their produce in a farmers’-market-turned-festival style setting, with bonus cheese classes and more. 

Boston Beer & Cheese Fest
Friday, March 27th to Saturday, March 28th
Boston, Massachusetts
It’s craft beer, cider and cheese…what more do you need to know? Boston Beer & Cheese Fest focuses on New England-made craft beers, ciders and cheeses. Attendees will have access to over 80 craft beers and ciders from 25 local breweries/cideries, as well as tons of cheese from 12 local creameries, and local charcuterie.

California Artisan Cheese Festival
Friday, March 27th to Sunday, March 29th.
Sonoma Wine Country, California
A weekend long celebration brought together by a lively and friendly group of experts and presenters from the wonderful world of artisan cheese. The festival promotes broad awareness of the artisan cheesemaking community and enjoyment of its products.

April

Coulommiers Cheese and Wine Fair
Coulommiers, France
Friday, April 3rd to Monday, April 6th.
For 52 years this festival has been going strong every spring. Featuring a tasting of traditional cheeses and wines and a very rich program of high quality events! 

Cheese Expo
Tuesday, April 14th to Thursday, April 16th
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
A gathering of over 4,000 cheese industry leaders, suppliers, marketers and more will gather to share information about the latest in cheese technology, new products, whey opportunities, product safety, marketing and additional issues affecting our industry. Nowhere else in the world will you find the collection of cutting-edge cheesemaking equipment, business insight, and networking opportunities that CheeseExpo delivers.

Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day 2020
Saturday, April 18th
Cheese lovers, here's more cause for celebration: Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day is April 18, 2020. Join the global cheese community in a toast to the history-laden and microbe-rich goodness of raw milk cheese.

South African Cheese Festival
Saturday, April 25th to Monday, April 27th
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Escape to SA’s favorite outdoor culinary festival over the long weekend! Discover an exciting selection of cheeses, including well-known local and international brands and unique artisanal creations. Experience an incredible range of products that complements cheese perfectly – from wine to beer, gin and bubbly.  

Sixth Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival
Sunday, April 26th
Asheville, North Carolina
Meet the makers, learn about cheese making and crafts related to the cheese industry, sample and purchase local products. Featuring the Cheese Tease Chef Competition, and benefiting Western North Carolina Cheese Trail.

May

Artisan Cheese Fair
Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday May 3rd
Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom 
60 cheesemakers and producers showcase over 300 of the UK’s rarest and most sought after cheeses. There is a full program of demonstrations and workshops including how to make your own cheese and for the kids, butter making.

Gruyère Guild Cheese Festival
Saturday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 3rd
Gruyères, Switzerland
The event is all about conviviality, discovering produce from Switzerland and elsewhere and tasting regional delicacies. At each stand, a new cheese, a new taste, a new produce is presented. From the entrance of Gruyères, the aroma of cheese hovers in the air; not only from the numerous cheese stands, but also from the restaurants that offer traditional cheese dishes.

Victoria Cheese and Meat Festival
Saturday, May 9th
Victoria, British Columbia
Attendees will walk at leisure around the grounds bite-size tastes of showcasing products while pairing the bites with wine, beer, and cider. It is an exciting time in the Pacific Northwest. With the abundance of artisan shops, and restaurants showcasing fantastic product, as well as the relaxing import laws on dairy allows us to share the best the world has to offer. 

Liquid City Cheese Expo 2020
Sunday, May 17th
San Diego, California
Bringing together a curated list of San Diego top breweries, coffee roasters, distillers, kombucha and cider makers, this one day EXPO features unique one-off collaborations, educational presentations, demonstrations, and explorations with cheesemakers from across America. 

Coopers Hill Cheese Rolling
Monday, May 25th
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
A nine pound round of Double Gloucester cheese is rolled from the very top of the hill and competitors chase after it down to the bottom. The first person across the finish line is crowned winner, with the cheese as their prize.


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