Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

America’s “Gratest” Celebration of Cheese is Coming to Pittsburgh

Sample cheese of every rind during the American Cheese Society’s annual Festival of Cheese.




photo courtesy festival of cheese

 

Pittsburgh is going to get pretty cheesy later this month — but in a tasty way with the esteemed Festival of Cheese. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample about 2,000 different cheeses as well as accompaniments such as charcuterie and preserves. Samples of cider and craft beer also will be available.

The festival takes places at the David Lawrence Convention Center the evening of July 28 as part of the 35th annual American Cheese Society Conference. The three-day event, held at the convention center from July 25 to 28, attracts cheesemakers and cheesemongers from around the world to mingle and learn more about American cheeses. This is the first time the conference is being hosted in Pittsburgh —  in the past, it was held in cities such as Boston, Denver and San Francisco.

The artisan, farmstead and speciality cheeses to be offered at the festival will be judged on July 23 and 24. After the sampling ends, attendees will be able to purchase any gouda, brie or Swiss that stood out at the Cheese Sale. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit American Cheese Education Foundation, which offers assistance to those interested in making and selling cheese.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m. for cheese society members and 7 p.m. for the public, ends at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 for members and $65 for the average cheese fan. Volunteers for the conference receive a complimentary ticket to the festival, so if you’ve got no money but a strong love for cheese and some free time on your hands, sign up here.

People interested in attending the conference in its entirety can buy tickets here. The event includes speakers, trivia, educational sessions and a “Meet the Cheesemaker” event featuring famous fromagers, retailers, food writers and other big cheeses.
 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Fish nor Fowl Now Taking Reservations

The new restaurant from the Richard DeShantz Restaurant Group will soft-open later this week.

New Book Makes Crafters the 'Life of the Party'

The newest book from Lily & Val owner Valerie McKeehan includes more than 100 hand-drawn, tear-out paper cards, menus and tags that can be used for hosting a gathering.

"You Are My Friend" Looking for Extras in Pittsburgh

The Tom Hanks-led film will begin production in the Pittsburgh area this fall.

Perfect Presentations: Our Cookie Table Contest Winner and Runners-Up

These couples took the classic cookie table and made it their own with beautiful — and delicious — displays.

Come and Explore Wilkinsburg’s Divine History

The Sacred Spaces Tour takes visitors to the borough’s churches, mosques and historic buildings.

Waste Not: Kelly Lane's Fashion Designs are Eco-Chic

After noting how much fabric ends up in landfills, Pittsburgh designer Kelly Simpson-Scupelli found a way to incorporate the unused scraps into her fashion line.

Three Rivers Champion: Sloane Davidson

Davidson started an organization that gives refugee and immigrant families aid based on real, person-to-person relationships, not transactions.

The 400-Word Review: Alpha

The prehistoric drama is here to answer a question no one asked about the world's first-ever dog.

“Night of the Living Dead” to Appear on the Big Screen Again

The cult classic will be screened at the Byham Theater in honor of the 50th anniversary of its debut.

The 400-Word Review: Crazy Rich Asians

The light romcom is made for pleasing audiences — and in that respect, it succeeds.

Enix Brewing Company Set to Open in Homestead

Owners David and Victor Rodriguez also operate two breweries in Madrid, Spain.

Revisiting Fat Head's

The South Side stalwart punches above its weight thanks to good beer and gigantic sandwiches.

In Ben They Trust

Going into his 15th professional season, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the key to a successful season.

PM on KD: The Fall Weddings Issue

PM Associate Editor Lauren Davidson appears on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live to talk about the fall Weddings issue.

The Airbnb of Camping Has Started Pitching Tents in Pennsylvania

The startup Tentrr connects landowners looking for extra cash with interested campers.