CHEESE, CHEESE, CHEESE! Behind the scenes at Cheese with Altitude

American Cheese Society Cheese with Altitude

When you receive an invitation to a cheese festival, the only appropriate answer is YES. Cheese happens to be my favorite food, so when I was invited to attend the Cheese with Altitude festival from the American Cheese Society, I couldn’t be more excited.

American Cheese Society Cheese with Altitude

Before the festival began, I was invited to attend a cheese tasting class where we learned to taste and judge cheese like a pro. Cheeses are scored on aroma, flavor, texture and body, and appearance by two different types of judges: technical judges and aesthetic judges. In the “flavor” category, a technical judge might talk about acidity, freshness or saltiness, while an aesthetic judge might talk about creaminess, tanginess or citrus. Who knew cheese tasting was so complex?

American Cheese Society Cheese with Altitude

At the Festival of Cheese we had the opportunity to sample nearly 2,000 artisan and specialty cheeses. I would have loved to try each one, but I’m pretty sure my body wouldn’t have been down for that. Instead I sampled approximately 1% of the total cheese population and left incredibly satisfied.

The goat cheeses I tried were all absolutely incredible, but a cheese I went back to more than once was the Roth Sriracha Gouda. I didn’t know I needed sriracha cheese until now!

American Cheese Society Cheese with Altitude

There were also a few meat vendors including Red Table Meat Co., Creminelli Fine Meats, and Schaller & Weber. As much as I love cheese, it was so nice to have meat, crackers, and chocolate to cleanse the palette.

American Cheese Society Cheese with Altitude

Would I go again? Oh yeah!


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  • Reply laura {not a trophy wife}

    Hi Kelsey
    How cool is this? I love cheese! Love to see Denver events!!! laura

    July 31, 2017 at 8:26 am
    • Reply Kelsey Smith

      I plan to write a little more about Denver happenings, stay tuned!

      July 31, 2017 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Laura

    Glad you had fun! So sad I couldn’t make the cheese fest. Maybe next time! 🙂

    August 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm
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