American Cheese Society Conference August 25-28, 2010 Seattle, WA click here for more conference and registration info
The American Cheese Society Conference is coming to Seattle next month! Cheese people from all over the country (and the world) will be converging in Seattle at the end of August to talk cheese, eat cheese, distribute cheese awards and generally have a big cheese party. If you are at all interested in cheese, if you're thinking about starting your own cheesemaking operation or if you are just kind of curious about the whole cheese world - this is a fantastic opportunity to meet people, ask questions and learn about the business.
There are several aspects to an ACS event. First, there's the conference itself. For registered ACS members, there are several days of seminars and other education events designed to disseminate information about topics like safety, cheesemaking techniques and so on. What's really great about this year's event is that the organizers have put together some superb speakers, including fromager Roland Barthelemy and Michael Pollan, who will be giving the closing address.
There's also the competition. This starts several days before the conference actually begins; cheese judges meet to sample and rate this years crop of competitors....over 1,400 cheeses are in the running this year so it should be a great race. Who will win Best in Show? Winners are announced on Saturday night....see below.
Then, there's the infamous Festival of Cheese. Held on Saturday night, this event is open to the public (click here for event and ticket info). Here, all of the cheese from the competition - remember, that's 1,400+ cheeses - is set out for attendees to sample and enjoy. I promise you, you've never seen more cheese in one place in your life. EVER. This year's Festival of Cheese promises to be especially grand because it will be held at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, a symphony and performance space that's a huge step up from the stuffy hotel conference rooms of the past. The competition awards ceremony will be held, then attendees will be released to mingle and sample and get drunk. Did I say that? And great restaurants from around the city will be on hand providing small bites for guests to mix things up a bit.
The biggest cheese party of 2010 in the Pacific Northwest is in Seattle in August folks, and even if you can't do the full conference you can definitely do the Festival of Cheese...so register soon before it sells out!!! See you there.