Back for a fifth year, the Seattle Cheese Festival is coming May 16 and 17th, 2009. Held at Seattle's gorgeous, historic Pike Place Market, the festival is a grand celebration of - wait for it - cheese.
If you go, you are guaranteed a complete cheese experience.....there will be seminars about cheese. There will be cheese tasting booths as far as the eye can see, featuring local cheeses as well as cheeses from around the world. For the more cooking inclined, there will be chef demos. Want to try your own hand with cheese? The grilled cheese contest deadline is May 1st, and the winner of said contest will demo their own recipe at the festival. For the home cheese experimenters, there will be mozzarella making demos by the staff at DeLaurenti Speciality Food and Wine. You can also expect kids events, wine tastings and more.
In addition, many aren't aware of the Seattle Cheese Festival Scholarship for aspiring cheesemakers, who can apply for up to $2,500 in funds to further their cheesemaking skills and/or career in the industry. The application deadline this year is May 30th, so plan ahead if you're going to apply.
For more in-depth info about the festival including an event schedule, and to register for seminars, see the SCF website.