WNC Cheese Trail’s Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest Events

The WNC Cheese Trail announces additional events at the third annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, including cooking competitions, cheese pairings and cheese board creation events highlighting festival sponsors and associate members of the WNC Cheese Trail.

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WNC Cheese Trail member Cane Creek Creamery sampling at the 2016 Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest. Photo Credit: Tracy Cotton

The fest will take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville NC from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. 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. Tickets are limited, though any remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $20.00. Tickets for additional pairings and tastings are also on sale through the Festival website.

Noble Cider, a new associate member of the WNC Cheese Trail and festival sponsor, will host a cider and cheese pairing at 2:45 p.m. 5 Walnut Wine Bar, a festival sponsor, will host a wine and cheese pairing at 1:45 p.m. Highland Brewing will also host a beer and cheese pairing at 12:30 and 2:45 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for additional pairing events for an additional $10.00 via the Festival website (www.mountaincheesefest.com).

Other events include the “Cookin’ With Cheese” event. The event highlights Trail members and features local chefs from Ambrozia, Corner Kitchen Catering, Hickory Nut Gap and Strada -competing for the best dish featuring cheese. Judging tickets for the “Cookin’ With Cheese” event can be purchased for an additional $5.00 via the Festival website (www.mountaincheesefest.com).

One of the Trail’s newest members, 5 Walnut Cheese Bar, will compete in the “Battle of the Boards” event. This competition includes local cheese mongers from EarthFare, Bottles & Boards, Whole Foods Market and 5 Walnut Cheese Bar demonstrating their cheese board creation skills. Attendees can purchase a judging ticket for an additional $5.00 to taste each mongers creation and cast your vote.

A multitude of events are also included in the general admission ticket. These include cheese making demonstrations, a home cheese making workshop that includes how to make a home cheese cave, charcuterie 101, live animals and a variety of events especially for children.

The festival will also include a wide variety of producers from our local producers 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 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 at [email protected]