Advanced ticket sales are complete. There will be round 100 tickets available at the door. See below for door pricing.

3rd Annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival
Saturday, Sept 28, 2013  |  2:30-6pm

Meet Your Maker cheese dinner (no longer available)
Friday, Sept 27, 2013  |  7pm


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Festival tickets are $45 each and include:

Meet and chat with cheesemakers and food artisans from six 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 9/27. If tickets are still available the day of the event, they will be $55 at the door.]

 

VIP tickets are $80 each and include extra awesomeness:

Meet and chat with cheesemakers and food artisans from six states.
Early admission VIP ticker holders are admitted 30 minutes 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.
Pre-Fest Cheese Class You will have the choice of one of two classes: Saturday morning - Cheese 101/Sensory Evaluation with Tim Gaddis (Star Provisions) and Kathryn Spann (Prodigal Farm)  [OR]  Friday afternoon (only 35 seats) - Basic Cheesemaking/Cooking with Cheese with Deborah Stone (Stone Hollow Farmstead). These are optional and included in your VIP ticket price. We will email VIP ticketholders two weeks before the Fest with details. You must RSVP to the class of your choice if you want to attend, and with limited seats for the Friday class, please respond quickly.
Souvenir tasting glass for our Over 21 guests.
$10 voucher towards the purchase of any cheese or artisan food being sold at the Festival*.
[Online ticket sales will cut off at NOON on 9/27. If VIP tickets are still available the day of the event, they will be $90 at the door.]

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

"Meet Your Maker" Dinner

We kick off the weekend with a meet-the-cheesemaker dinner. Many of the makers are arriving early to have dinner with YOU! Chef Tony Galzin (Flyte, Sycamore Nashville, and a number of top Chicago restaurants) will prepare four cheese-centric courses to be served family style*. This will be a fun, festive, low key way to get to know some of our talented masters of the curd. Wine pairings will be included. Each guest will receive a handcrafted bamboo cheese board from Interiors by Zev, a festival sponsor.
Dinner begins at 7pm. $85 per person. Only 70 tickets available.
*We will be extremely limited as to any dietary accommodations we can offer due to the mobile location and family style service. There will be a number of vegetarian items and some naturally gluten free dishes, but we will not be able to serve any customized full meals. Please plan accordingly.

[Online ticket sales for the dinner will cut off Wed, Sept 25th. No door ticket sales for the dinner.]


 

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 'cause those are the rules.   

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 this year, 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.