New for 2012
Last year was incredible. The cheese, the enthusiastic crowd, the food community coming together to create the only event of its kind in the South. But we thought, why not make it better? We've added and tweaked a few things with the hopes of making the 2nd Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival unforgettable.
We are returning to the Nashville Farmers' Market but will take over the whole section where the Flea Market typically takes places. All the cheesemakers, food artisans, beer and wine will all be in one spacious open air area covered by two large permanent sheds.
We are excited to announce that Gordon Edgar, cheesemonger and author of Cheesemonger: A Life on the Wedge will be here for the weekend. Gordon will lead one of our educational sessions and will have a signing table during the event with plenty of copies of his book available for purchase. We are also honored to have a number of cheesemongers from around the Southeast to here to help with teaching, pairing, and making the day fabulous.
Cheese and artisan foods
We have even more cheesemakers and food artisans lined up, and we'll have more folks at each booth to hand out samples. 0h, and booths will be spaced out throughout this expansive space, so a long line at one booth won't slow down the whole darn thing.
We will have six sessions this year taught by knowledgeable cheese and beverage professionals. Sessions are for Cheese Fest attendees only, and seating will be limited. There will be a small additional fee for the classes. As soon as the schedule is set, an alert about class options and signup details will be first sent to people who have purchased tickets already and those on the Cheese Fest email list.
Beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages
We will have another awesome selection of Southern Craft brews this year. Woodland Wine Merchant is working with local distributors to curate a selection of perfect pairing wines. Everyone over 21 gets a souvenir sampling glass included with your ticket. And we'll have plenty of refreshments of the non-alcoholic variety available as well.
You'll have three and a half cheese-filled hours to enjoy sampling and pairing. The event takes place 3:30-7pm, so there's plenty of time even if you arrive a little late or leave a little early.
For those cheese superfans among you, we wanted to offer some additional elements to make the event even more memorable. We are most excited about the Friday night Makers n' Mongers reception! VIP tickets will also include early admission to the main event and other goodies. VIP Tickets will be available in extremely limited quantities.