Cheese Week! Last Chances and Full Fromagical Nerdity

It’s Friday!

Which means that Cheese Week is drawing to a close. As is the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a pair of free tickets to the Minnesota Cheese Festival. So, let’s get the business end out of the way first: want to enter? You have until midnight tonight to leave a comment at the end of this post telling me how you like to enjoy your cheese. I’m letting random.org pick the winner, who will be notified via email over the weekend.

Cheese is not a food that’s limited to any particular meal or time of day, is it? This week we’ve explored ways to enjoy cheese for Breakfast:

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Lunch:

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Dinner:

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And anytime of the day you need a little gastronomic escapism:

IMG_3690Great ideas to share any time of the year, but what more can you get out of the Minnesota Cheese Festival? A little something I like to call “full fromagical nerdity.”

The general admission tickets are a heckuva deal for cheese lovers of all stripes. But what if you want to take your experience to the next level? There are seminars held throughout the festival where folks who know a ton and are equally passionate as they are knowledgable on topics like wine and beer pairings, cheese tasting basics, and dairy farming will share some great tips, information and insights for anyone willing to listen. There’s even a chance to meet members of the newly-formed Minnesota Cheesemakers Guild.

Or, want to see someone up to their elbows in mozzarella? Learn some more cooking tips for cheese? There are some very cool workshops also scheduled.

Now let’s say you’re a cheese geek. You meticulously maintain a set of cheese knives and know what each blade type is best suited for. Your answer for what you’d bring with you to a deserted island involves a cheese cave. You’ve engaged in vigorous debate over whether camembert is superior to brie and even risked losing a friendship over the disagreement. Then it’s time to take things to the VIP level.

The VIP tickets cost more, and offer a level of access a cheese geek values as a worthwhile investment of their time – you’re at the Cheese Festival all day, have no worries about parking or entrance lines, get a complimentary drink and cheese plate during the event. There’s even a small tasting event for VIPs, and a drawing for some fabulous cheese accessories. I don’t think they could cram more into their VIP access unless they brought in a licensed nail tech/artiste who would offer to massage your feet and paint your toenails a creamy shade to match your favorite cheese. (That might be a bit much, eh?)

It’s an event you can make your own, whether you’re just curious, looking to broaden your horizons, or immerse yourself in a subject you’ve always been curious about. Mark your calendars, buy your tickets, and enjoy!

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