5 Dreamy Cheese Pairings to Try ASAP

5 Dreamy Cheese Pairings to Try ASAP

A perfect cheese needs no pairings, but sometimes it’s fun to spice up your platter with accompaniments. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pairings that you can enjoy year-round. Keep them in your back pocket for a summer barbeque, a holiday party, or just a night alone binging some Netflix.

Feta and Honey Cheese Pairing

Feta + Honey

Briny cheeses, like feta, work well with a little something sweet that will cut through their salty flavor. Look for a feta stored in brine and a deep, and a flavorful honey, like chestnut or buckwheat, at your local farmers market or specialty shop to really bring this pairing to the next level.


Triple Cream Brie + Shortbread

Bring on the butter! Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt Tam and other soft, buttery triple-cream cheeses play nicely with a salty, crunchy counterpart. A crumbly cookie, like the pretzel shortbread from Lost Bread Company, will also add a nice textural contrast. 


Alpines + Chocolate

Alp Blossom may be known for its floral exterior, but pairing it with chocolate helps to bring out its earthier flavors. A smooth, velvety chocolate, like Baci Perugina, is a perfect choice to coax out its notes of toasted hazelnuts. 


Burrata + Tomato Chutney

No brunch (or lunch, or dinner…) is complete without a fresh, creamy burrata, but it can be a little mild on its own. Enter tomato chutney. The tangy flavor bomb balances out the fattiness of the cheese and leaves you with a bite that tastes just like summer. 


Semi-Firm Tomme + Corn Nuts

For those looking for a new textural element to add to a cheese plate, try pairing some toasted corn nuts with a slice of buttery cow’s milk cheese, such as Cumberland from Sequatchie Cove Creamery. The creamy texture combined with a salty crunch tastes and feels just like buttered popcorn.

Aged Goat Cheese + Strawberry Preserves

Top soft-ripened goat cheese like Coupole from Vermont Creamery with a dollop of strawberry preserves for a refreshing spring-inspired pairing. This combo tastes so much like strawberry shortcake, it should count as dessert. 




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Upcoming Events

A list of all the upcoming cheese events and festivals you need to know about. Click the event title for more information and the ticket link.

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. 


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