Another Festival Worth Attending
The Massachusetts Cheese Festival is fast approaching: November 3rd. This year tickets must be purchased in advance and last year the event was sold out very early on. There are still tickets available and it is a great way to head into the season of feasting and holidays. I cheese plate goes a long way whether you’re just having a cocktail hour at home or you want to bring something to the party. The best part about it is that there is very little prep time and no cooking time involved.
What to expect
You will find cheesemakers from all over Massachusetts and will be surprised by how many different farmers and artisans there are making cheese in our state. I thought I had a pretty good knowledge of New England cheeses (given that I love cheese and live blocks from Formaggio Kitchen). At last year’s MA Cheese Festival I found many new cheeses to try and makers to chat with. Food always tastes better when you can connect with the source. There is something about the story behind each cheese that really connects you to it. That is probably my favourite part of the festival. Taking time to listen to and ask questions about each cheese and cheesemaker. There are also demonstrations and discussions.
In addition to cheese there will be other local vendors that go along with cheese. A good condiment and pickle can take a cheese plate and make it complete.
What to Bring
Bring your appetite. There is plenty to sample. Bring some cash, although most vendors are able to take cards, cash is always better. Don’t forget a market bag or basket. You will not want to go home empty handed, so bring a bag for all your purchases. Children are welcome. The Arts at the Armory space is a very family friendly space, just be sure that you have an eye on your kids to keep them away from any sharp knives (for cutting the cheeses) or any other mischief.
The MA Cheese Festival tickets can be purchased here. There are two sessions on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. & 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Both sessions are held at the Arts at the Armory/191 Highland Ave./ Somerville, MA.