Tickets are on sale now!

There are four ticket levels this year:
patron (new), vip, general admission, and an economy option (new).

Please read all the details below - there's a lot helpful info here.

 

4th Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival
Saturday, Sept 27, 2014  |  3:00-6:00pm (Patron/VIP admission at 2pm)

Curds and Cocktails: Cheese Fest Kickoff Party (because one day of cheese is never enough!)
Friday, Sept 26, 2014  |  5:30-7:30pm

 

[New this year!]
Cheese Festival Patron tickets:

This ticket level was created for folks who want to support Community Food Advocates and the southern artisan cheese movement in a bigger way. One of the largest event expenses we incur is helping cover travel and lodging expenses for cheesemakers and food artisans who travel in from eight states around the region. As a Patron, or what we're affectionately dubbing The Big Cheese, you sponsor the travel of one of our amazing producers - and thus allow the event to raise even more funds to go to the good work of CFA.

The Big Cheese patron tickets are $250 each and include:
Sponsor recognition on the website and at the festival (unless you prefer to be anonymous, of course)
Cocktail party Kick off the festival with delicious eats and cheese-y company Friday evening.
Early festival admission Patron ticker holders are admitted one full glorious hour ahead of everyone else!
Access to VIP area Plenty of seating and extra cheese samples when you need a break from the crowd. And a dedicated bar.
Meet and chat with cheesemakers and food artisans from eight states.
Souvenir tasting glass for our Over 21 guests.
$10 voucher towards the purchase of any cheese or artisan food being sold at the Festival*.
Souvenir insulated tote for keeping all your delicious cheese purchases cool.
[Patrons who wish to be recognized in print at the Festival need to purchase tickets by Mon, Sept 22nd.]

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VIP tickets are $80 each and include:

Meet and chat with cheesemakers and food artisans from eight states.
Early admission VIP ticker holders are admitted one full glorious hour ahead of everyone else!
Access to VIP area Plenty of seating and extra cheese samples when you need a break from the crowd. And a dedicated bar.
Souvenir tasting glass for our Over 21 guests.
$10 voucher towards the purchase of any cheese or artisan food being sold at the Festival*.
Souvenir insulated tote for keeping all your delicious cheese purchases cool.
[Online ticket sales will cut off at NOON on 9/26. If VIP tickets are still available the day of the event, they will be $90 + tax at the door.]

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General admission tickets are $45 each and include:

Meet and chat with cheesemakers and food artisans from eight states.
Sampling of more than 150 artisan cheeses, handcrafted accompaniments, craft beer and wines (21+ with ID of course).
Souvenir tasting glass for our Over 21 guests.
$5 voucher towards the purchase of any cheese or artisan food being sold at the Festival*.
[Online ticket sales will cut off at NOON on 9/26. If tickets are still available the day of the event, they will be $55 + tax at the door.]

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*Voucher only valid during the Festival, so be sure to use 'em! 
 

[New this year!]
Lil' Cheesy (aka Economy tickets)

Watching your budget? Maybe you're just a speedy cheese taster and only need an hour or so of cheese festive-ness? Well, either way, we wanted to offer a late admission, abbreviated version of Cheese Fest. Here's the deal...The economy ticket is only $29. Admission for Lil' Cheesy ticket holders begins at 4:30pm, and we trimmed off the extras, so vouchers and souvenir glasses are not included with this ticket. Also, since you're arriving later, there's a chance you'll miss out of some of the offerings. We'll still have plenty to sample and sip, of course, but we just like you know you might miss out on some of the goodies that are in limited supply.
[Online ticket sales will cut off at NOON on 9/26. If tickets are still available the day of the event, they will be $35 + tax at the door.]

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Curds and Cocktails:
Cheese Fest Kickoff Party
Friday, Sept 26th, 5:30-7:30pm

Since one day of cheese is simply never enough, we're getting the weekend started with a casual little cocktail party on Friday evening. We'll be serving a rockin' lineup of cheese-centric appetizers from Nashville area restaurants and refreshing wines to accompany them. Mix and mingle with some of our visiting cheesemakers and food artisans as well as your fellow cheese lovers. Tickets are $35. Only 75 tickets available.
Our non-profit partner Community Food Advocates will hold a silent auction at the cocktail party, with 100% of the auction proceeds benefiting the organization. So bring your checkbooks!
[Online ticket sales for the cocktail party will cut off Wed, Sept 25th. No door ticket sales for this.]

Want to do a little extra good for Community Food Advocates? If you sign up with them to be a regular monthly giver of a little as $10 per month (or more!), you'll get two free tickets to Curds and Cocktails and a souvenir insulated tote. Sign up here, and a representative from CFA will be in touch with your cocktail party tickets.

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A few notes:

All ticket sales are final. Tickets are transferable but not refundable, so please plan accordingly. If someone else is coming in your place, please let us know ahead of time so we can adjust the Will Call list (otherwise they will be standing there all sad they're not on the list).

Sales tax will be added to all ticket sales because, well, we have to.   

Lines and cheese-y etiquette. There will be lines, friends. 40-ish makers and artisans plus several bars for a large group simply means there's going to some wait time. Many of these cheesemakers have traveled quite a distance, and they want to engage with you, dear cheese lover. So grab a refreshing beverage and a pal, swap cheese tales, and before you know it, it's your turn!

Please plan to form lines at individual booths, that way if a guest and a cheesemaker are chattin' up a storm, you can pop over to another booth and come back later. 

Also, if you're waiting patiently to chat with a maker and someone wants to just grab a nibble from the table, let 'em. That's one less person in line, right? Likewise, if there's a line to chat with a maker and you just want a cheese sample, politely ask the folks in line if you may reach in for just a second to put a toothpick in a tiny wedge of cheese and move on.

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