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.
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?
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!
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.
Would I go again? Oh yeah!