What: The 4th Annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest, to benefit the WNC Cheese Trail.
Why: The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages tourism to the region.
Where: Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC
When: Sunday, April 29 from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M. with purchase of an early entrance, "The Big Cheese" ticket ($25) or 1 P.M. to 5 P.M. with purchase of General Admission ticket ($14)
A celebration of all things cheese returns to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Highland Brewing Company of Asheville, NC, will once again host the Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest for a day of family-friendly, cheese-filled fun!
From pop-up tastings and pairings, to hands-on activities and guest speakers, Cheese Fest has something for everyone!
The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest advances the mission of the WNC Cheese Trail, a non-profit organization that promotes the production and sale of local cheese, facilitates consumer education and encourages agritourism to the region.
There will be events scheduled throughout the grounds such as:
“The Big Cheese" early entry ticket ($25) and General Admission Ticket ($14) covers all activities including cheesemakers and other vendors, family activities, workshops and demonstrations but there will be additional ticketed events due to limited seating availability. "The Big Cheese' ticket also grants on-site parking for the festival.
Farmstead Fondue with English Dairy Cheese and XYZ Spirits | Marion, NC
Sunday, February 11 | 3 PM – 5 PM | $30
Join the English Farmstead Cheese and XYZ Spirits crews for a Valentine's Day themed fondue cheese and spirit pairing. Three savory specially crafted fondues will be paired with select wines, ciders, and beers from XYZ Spirits. After dinner, enjoy a tour (weather permitting) to see the heart of the English Farmstead Cheese operation including the cheese room, cave, and dairy. Following dinner, try three additional sweet cheeses, chocolate and caramel pairings with select wines, ciders, and beers. Event is 21+. No pets are permitted. Appropriate footwear and outerwear is suggested.
What: Asheville City Market - Winter
When: 9 AM - 12 PM every Saturday
Where: Asheville Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville
The Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's (ASAP) tailgate market, Asheville City Market, heads indoors for the winter to the Asheville Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.
Nightbell is an American small-plate restaurant with a craft cocktail bar and a focus on local Appalachian ingredients located in downtown Asheville.
Nightbell sources food and cocktail ingredients from small, local farms whenever possible. While menu items may come and go, the regional cheese plate is a year-round mainstay that rotates between WNC cheeses and accompaniments seasonally.
Nightbell's regional cheese plate is shown below with the Chocolate Lab from Looking Glass Creamery (right) and Spinning Spider's Stackhouse (left) as well as rye-herb crackers, and sorghum pecan brittle.
Oh the challenges of storing your cherished cheese! There are many conflicting reports on the best way to preserve cheese, however one piece of invaluable advice reigns above all: cheese needs to breath and needs to be protected from drying out.
If you can keep this in mind when storing your cheese, you'll do ok no matter what method of storage you choose.
So what are your options?
Dear Cheese Lovers,
We’ve been busy on the Trail and we’re excited to share some of our news with you!
Certainly cheese is in your plans for the holidays so keep in mind that our Trail members were busy this summer and fall making cheese for your tables and gift giving. Check out the tailgate markets where many of our cheesemakers sell their products, or go the Trail map on the website to see who has hours at their farms and creameries where you can buy cheese during a visit.
What: The North Asheville Tailgate Market
When: Saturdays 8 AM - 12 PM
Where: UNC Asheville (UNCA) Campus Commuter Parking lot P28 Enter UNCA from WT Weaver Blvd. traffic circle. Market is first lot on the right. Follow signs for additional parking.
Western North Carolina is a hot spot for wonderful produce, farm raised meats, local cheese, and artisan products.
By: Katie Moore
What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a cheese board?
I am often reminded about a holiday gathering from years ago when I carefully crafted and then transported a fantastic cheese board full of local and international cheeses. It really was a lovely board, everyone was impressed, and it looked exquisite on the table surrounded by autumn fruits and vegetables.
There’s a silver lining to reaching the end of your Parmesan block; an old-time culinary secret used by both chefs and everyday folk around the world.