Festival of Cheese

    Festival of Cheese Display-6-Uriah CarpenterThe American Cheese Society will host its annual Festival of Cheese and Public Cheese Sale in Des Moines, Iowa!

    Saturday, July 30
    Iowa Events Center
    730 Third Street
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Open to ACS members
    7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Open to the general public
    Buy tickets today!

    The Festival of Cheese features 1,700+ cheeses of every imaginable style and flavor profile from the 2016 ACS Judging & Competition, highlighting the winners and celebrating the accomplishments of artisan cheesemakers throughout the Americas.

    Standard Market Cave Aged Candoka at Festival of Cheese-Uriah CarpenterIn addition to an awe-inspiring assortment of cheeses, attendees can sample specialty accompaniments ranging from charcuterie to chocolate — plus wine, cider, and craft beer that guests can sample in a commemorative wine glass.

    Just some of the items you can sample alongside the many cheeses at this event are:

    -Canadian specialties from Foods of Quebec
    -Cured meats, sausages, charcuterie, and pates from La Quercia, Red Table Meat Co., Fabrique Delices, Alexian Pate, Creminelli Fine Meats, Schaller & Weber, Olli Salumeria, Les Trois Petits Cochons, and Olympia Provisions
    -Crispbread and crackers from 34 Degrees, La Panzanella, and Venus Wafers
    -Specialty foods from Fortune Gourmet and Philosophy Foods
    -Chocolate from Raaka Chocolate
    -Olive and nut oils from La Tourangelle
    -Ciders from Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
    -Jams from Blue Valley Gourmet – Cheese Companions
    -…and much more!

    Harbison at Festival of Cheese-Uriah CarpenterAs you exit the Festival, you will have the opportunity to browse the annual ACS Public Cheese Sale. Pick up some incredible artisan cheeses from producers around the country and Canada at amazing prices, all for a great cause! Cheese Sale proceeds benefit the nonprofit American Cheese Education Foundation (www.cheesefoundation.org).

    The Festival of Cheese is open to the general public on Saturday, July 30 at the Iowa Events Center, from 7:00 – 9:30 PM. ACS members are admitted beginning at 6:00 PM.

    Tickets are available for $60/person ($55 for ACS members–contact the ACS office for your discount code) and include unlimited samples. A cash bar will also be available.

    **Note: If you plan to attend the ACS Conference & Competition in Des Moines (July 27-30), the Festival of Cheese is included with a full conference registration or a Saturday Day Pass. Conference registration opens in May 2016.

    Festival Marketplace Sponsorship
    Are you a specialty food producer or wine and beer producer interested in sampling your products at the Festival of Cheese? Consider a Festival Marketplace sponsorship! Learn about sponsorship opportunities here or call 720-328-2788.

    Photos above: misamephoto.com and Uriah Carpenter