Workshops 2018 

Please note: Pets are not permitted at the Fest 

A host of presenters have been invited to present workshops and demonstrations.  Check back later to see who will be joining us on the 29th.

Last year's workshops included  presentations like The Science Behind Cheese, Making Mozzarella at Home, Charcuterie 101. 

​Workshops are FREE but have limited seating.  We encourage you to reserve your space .  If the workshop fills up you will be added to the waitlist and will receive an email letting you know that you're on the waitlist.  

To benefit the WNC Cheese Trail


How Sweet It Is - Tasting/Judging Tickets 
TIME: 1 - 2:30 p.m.

Event Tent
Join us as WNC Cheese Trail member chefs pair up with WNC Cheese Trail cheese makers to create a taste sensation!   Check back to learn who will be competing and who will be judging.  People's Award Judging tickets click HERE.   The winner(s) will be announced at 3 p.m.

While at the fest, be sure to stop by the booth to see if we have any remaining tasting tickets.

Special Thanks to  Cindy Kunst
for Fest 2017 Photos



pairiNgs 2018 

Join the experts to learn about pairing cheese with your favorite beverage.  You'll be guided through each pairing by a cheese expert and a beer maker, or a cider maker or a trained wine expert.  This is a fantastic way to learn  about where these products come from, how they are made, and why they go so well together.

The pairings will be held in the Highland Brewery Event Center and are ticketed events* ($10 per person per pairing plus service charges).   

Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Highland Beer & WNC Cheese  Pairing

​TIME: 12:30  - 1:30 p.m.

TIME: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (this will be a repeat of the earlier pairing)

5 Walnut Wine Bar & WNC Cheese  Pairing 
TIME: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Noble Cider & WNC Cheese Pairing

TIME: 3:40 - 4:40 p.m.

*Please note, in addition to the Pairings ticket, you must purchase a General Admission  or Early Entry cheese fest ticket  to be admitted into any of the pairing events.  ​

Competitions, Pairings, Workshops, Demos and More

Most of our events and the vendors are outdoors so please come prepared for rain or shine!

How sweet it is

chef COMPETITIOn 2018

​Please note: Pets are not permitted at the festival.

events & demos 2018

Please note: Pets are not permitted at the Fest

Events are held in the Meadow. 

All events listed below are included in the entrance fee to the Fest.

The Gathering of Cheesemakers
Time: Ongoing throughout festival

​Find this gathering of cheesemakers in the Meadow Area. Many of the regions best cheesemakers and other local  artisan food producers will be setup to sample and sell their wide variety of cheeses, meats, bread, mustards, jams, gelato, goat milk and more!

Ongoing  Family Fun

Time: Ongoing throughout festival

NEW THIS YEAR - Family Tent - Children & their parents can try their hand at making butter, challenge each other at Tic-Tac-Cheese, join the Big Cheese word-search tournament, and even participate in a scavenger hunt. 

Kid Corral - learn about the animals that bring us milk for fabulous cheese!  We'll have kids and calves.

WNC Cheese Trail Tent

Time: Ongoing
History of Cheese Display

Book Sales

Raffle Items

Information about the cheese trail and the festival

Lost & Found

DEMOS 2017

Stay Tuned!  Last year we had a wide range of fun demonstrations including soap making, goat milking, Caring for Your Cheese, Mozzarella Stretch, and more!