Asheville – Tickets for the WNC Cheese Trail’s third annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest are on sale through the Festival website www.mountaincheesefest.com. Adult tickets (ages 12+) will be $14.00, with children under 12 free. The fest will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803, from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are limited, though any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $20.00.
This family friendly festival will include hands-on activities for kids and adults, dairy animals, panel discussions, workshops, vendors and cheese makers. Tickets for additional pairings and tastings are also on sale through the Festival website. Pairing events include local beer, wine and cider pairings for an additional $10.00. Tasting tickets to the “Cookin’ With Cheese” event featuring local chefs and a “Battle of the Boards” event featuring local cheese mongers are on sale for $5.00.
The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a 501 c6 non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages tourism to the region. The festival highlights WNC Cheese Trail cheese makers and members with numerous opportunities for festival goers to learn more about, taste and purchase local, artisan cheeses.
The festival will also include a wide variety of producers from the industry such as bread and crackers, meats, pickles and jams. Last year’s Festival included over 20 cheese makers, 15 other food industry vendors and was attended by over 1500 festival goers.
The WNC Cheese Trail will be organizing various activities leading up to the Festival as well as sponsorship drives for WNC businesses to take part in the festival. Learn more about events and activities through the Festival’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/carolinamountaincheesefest) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/wnccheesetrail) and website (www.mountaincheesefest.com).
The WNC Cheese Trail was formed in 2012 by a small group of independent artisan cheesemakers with the intent of promoting the production and sale of WNC artisan cheeses, facilitating consumer education and encouraging tourism to the region to benefit local cheesemakers. The primary tool of the organization is the WNC Cheese Trail map that was first designed and printed in 2013. The purpose of the map is to encourage locals and tourists to seek out member cheesemakers to buy handmade, traditionally crafted cheeses direct from the producer. It is also intended as a tool for restaurants, retailers and distributors to find local cheesemakers. For more information contact Rachel English Brown