Formaticum has turned its cut-to-size Cheese Paper — a two-ply material that works like Gore-Tex, replicating the conditions of a cheese cave by wicking away excess moisture while allowing oxygen to pass through — into foldable Cheese Bags ($7 to $12 for a package of 15). “There’s no origami to get your cheese wrapped well,” says Mark Goldman, the company’s president. The bags hold about 1 pound and can be reused for similar types of cheese (consecutive purchases of Parmigiano, say, though not a comte after a Roquefort), and you’ll find you can preserve a brie or camembert for twice as long as wax paper or plastic. Available at Sur La Table stores, and some Whole Foods Market locations, or go to www.formaticum.com.
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Spring Wine & Cheese
Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th
Finger Lakes, New York
Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend is the perfect way to kick off the spring season. Participants will enjoy a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake, while sampling local wine and food pairings at 29 participating Seneca Lake Wine Trail wineries. Each winery will server 3 samples of wine and a food sample which includes cheese in it.
Foire aux Fromages et aux Vins Coulommiers
Friday, April 12th through Tuesday, April 16th
This international cheese and wine festival takes place in the Brie region just outside of France. The fair showcases regional and national cheese and wine specialties with approximately 350 exhibitors. More than 65,000 gastronomes come to enjoy the four days of festivals, tastings of local products and entertainment of all kinds.
Raw Milk Cheese Appreciation Day
Saturday, April 20th
Celebrate the beauty and tradition of delicious raw milk cheeses on this annual holiday organized by the nonprofit Oldways Cheese Coalition. Click here for a list of events and specials in your area.
Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival
Saturday, April 20th
Cured meat. Fromage. You get a charcuterie board and glass upon entry, and more than 50 vendors offer tastes and sips (wine, cider, beer, spirits, and kombucha included).
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Sunday, April 28th
The An annual event for the WNC Cheese Trail, this cheese festival supports the WNC Cheese Trail and gives attendees a chance to meet the cheesemakers, learn about cheese, sample, shop, and play with baby animals, too.
Pine Island Cheese Festival
Friday May 31st, through Sunday June 2nd
Pine Island, MN
Pine Island Cheese Festival! Our celebration includes a craft show, street dances, coronation, parade, fireworks, kiddie activities, teen activities, baseball tournaments, 5K run, carnival, food vendors and more! Check this page often for event information, photos, and other information!
Fete du Fromage
Saturday, May 5th
A free event in the medieval town of Gruyères. With a cheese market, several artisans, musical entertainment and celebrations for the traditional production of Gruyère.
The Big Cheese
Friday May 24th through Sunday, May 26th
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
A Memorial Day weekend cheese immersion experience for foodies, featuring hands-on cooking and cheesemaking classes, a special tasting of championship cheeses through the taste buds of the grader, cheese pairings with wine, microbrews, cocktails, bourbon and tea, and more.
Brockworth Cheese Roll
Monday, May 27th
The famous very old local tradition of cheese rolling dating back before the 1800s
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival
Friday, May 31st through Sunday, June 2nd
Little Chute, Wisconsin
Located in the Doyle Park Festival Grounds, this three-day celebration features amusement rides, children's entertainment, animal petting zoo, walk/run, parade, cheese tasting, and more!
Mondial du Fromage
Sunday June 2nd through Tuesday, June 4th
A cheese industry event with a cheesemonger competition and networking opportunities.
National Cheese Day
Tuesday, June 4th
Our favorite holiday, for obvious reasons. Go show your local cheese shop some love! Don’t forget to stock up on cheese papers to take care of the leftovers.
Canadian Cheese Awards Night Market
Thursday, June 6th
The first-ever Cheese Night Market is a unique sampling show where you can try and buy the best artisan and farmstead cheeses and products in Canada. You can also sample local wine, craft beer, cider, and spirits while listening to live music.
Salt Lake Cheese Festival
Saturday, June 8th
Salt Lake City, UT
The 8th Annual Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival
Join us on Saturday, June 15th to taste an array of wines from the thirteen member wineries of the Coastal Wine Trail sampled alongside local cheese, chocolate, honey and artisan bread made locally in Southeastern New England.
Cheese Curd Festival
Friday, June 21st through Sunday, June 23rd
The town’s designation as the Cheese Curd Capital of Wisconsin. Expect craft brews, a curd-eating contest, and an estimated 2,300 pounds of curds.
Door County Cheese Festival
Saturday, June 22nd
Door County, WI
Held on the same day and at the same location as the Uncork Summer Food Wine Cider Music Festival, the 1st Annual Door County Cheese Festival will feature a wide range of northeast Wisconsin cheesemakers and restaurants featuring small plate dishes based on unique cheeses!
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