Kick your “Forged in Cheese” experience off with an optional pre-Conference tour! All tours will take place on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Tours will depart from the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh at the times noted below. Tickets may be purchased via the online Conference registration process.
History Through Food – $95
Departs at 9:30 AM, returns at 2:15 PM
What better way to learn about a city’s history and culture than through food? Start the day with a walking tour hosted by ‘Burgh Bits and Bites. Walk the historic Strip District and learn about the marketplace that is still flourishing today. Sample the food that locals have enjoyed for generations while learning how families have run their businesses. After eating your fair share of delicious food, head to the Senator John Heinz history museum to learn more about Pittsburgh’s rich history, old and new. There, you will receive a guided tour of this Smithsonian affiliated museum. This tour will expand your mind and stomach, but make sure to wear comfortable shoes!
Fun with Fermentation – $95
Departs at 7:45 AM, returns at 2:30 PM
Start the day by visiting Pittsburgh’s neighboring cheesemaker, Goat Rodeo Farm & Dairy. Tour the farm and taste their award-winning cheeses before visiting Pittsburgh’s unique “pop-up” cheese shop, the Wheel & Wedge, located in the Engine House 25 building. This historic fire house is the home of the Roberto Clemente Museum as well as Engine House 25 Winery. Sample cheese and locally produced wine while viewing historic baseball memorabilia of Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Hall of Famer, Roberto Clemente. Finally, head to Church Brew Works for lunch and a brewery tour. This unique brewery is located inside the former St. John the Baptist Church. Enjoy a tour and history of this brewery over lunch and a beer in the light of their original stained glass windows.
Pittsburgh Old and New – $95
Departs at 8:00 AM, returns at 2:30 PM
What better way to start your day than with the smell of fresh bread and pastries? Begin your morning with a tour of Mediterra Bakehouse. Learn about this family owned and operated business, their production facility, and enjoy some delicious treats. Next, head to DeLallo Olives & Antipasti for a tour of their flagship facility and lunch. Started in 1954 and a pioneer of the olive bar concept in grocery stores nationwide, Delallo prides itself on producing authentic Italian products distributed all over the country. Finally, end the day at Threadbare Cider House, an offshoot of Wigle Whiskey. Tour the facility then participate in a cider and cheese pairing featuring FireFly Farms cheese. Threadbare produces hopped, wild fermented, and barrel aged ciders as well as cider-based cocktails. Don’t miss the chance to join ACS’s first tour featuring a local cidery!