Conference Highlights

Educational Sessions

Over 40 topical and timely sessions selected by the ACS Education Committee may include:

Pre-Conference Workshop

A full-day workshop structured around a new educational topic.


Cheese3 Talks…as in Cheese (cubed): Cheese, Creativity, Community. These short, focused sessions kick off the ACS Conference, and put cheese industry thinkers front and center to share, teach, and inspire the cheese community.

Open Networking Sessions

Opportunities to connect and network with industry colleagues organized by theme. These are facilitated discussions.

Tasting Sessions

Tasting sessions are optional and take place during concurrent session blocks. All tasting sessions require a ticket, distributed on-site for admission. Tickets will be available outside of the session room 30 minutes prior to the session start time. Limit one ticket per person. Doors will close at the start of the session and late entry will not be permitted.

How Sweet Are You? The Science of Taste

Dive deep into the elements of sensory evaluation to gauge your threshold for the five tastes on the tongue and to gain a better understanding of your palate. Join sensory expert Russell Smith to find out just how differently we all experience flavors. But, before you can understand the flavors in food, you need to understand your palate. This session is ticketed, and treated like a tasting session without the cheese. The session will be held 3 times during conference, and the capacity is limited to 15 participants per session. There is an additional fee of $25.

Conference Bookstore

When you’re at the ACS Conference, make plans to check out our Conference Bookstore! You’ll find:

  • Great books on cheese, including publications by ACS members
  • Official Conference merchandise
  • ACS gear – hats, fleeces, bike jerseys, and more! You can also order these items year-round from our Online Store

Networking Breaks & Author Book Signings

Get the most out of your conference experience to meet other attendees and get your favorite books signed by the authors during our networking breads between concurrent sessions.

Bookstore and Book Signing Requests

Are you an author of a cheese-related book? We welcome you to submit a request to have your publication considered for our Conference Bookstore. Requests must be received by May 31st. Please fill out our Conference Bookstore and Author Book Signing Request Form if you are interested in selling your book at this year’s conference, or are interested in participating in a book signing. Please note that ACS give priority to our conference speakers to participate in book signings.

Networking Salons & Supporting Trade Tables

Visit Networking Salons and Supporting Trade Tables each day to sample new foods, learn about great products and services, and network with Conference sponsors.Learn more about Conference Sponsorship.

Solution Sessions

Attendees can learn about services and offerings directly from ACS Partners and Sponsors during these 30-minute sessions. Interested in leading a Solution Session? Learn more about Conference Sponsorship and Contact Us.

The Cheeseletes 5K

The Cheeseletes 5K launched during the ACS 2016 Conference in Des Moines, Iowa to raise funds for the Daphne Zepos Teaching Award (DZTA) and American Cheese Education Foundation (ACEF).  Friends who share a passion for cheese, education, and a good time came together and raised over $8,000.  Each year the 5K selects a different set of nonprofit organizations for which to raise funds in the hopes of increasing educational opportunities for the growing number of cheese professionals in our industry.