There has not been much cheese talk lately on 'Serge the Concierge'.
Is it due to the fact that I have not made discoveries that wowed me in that field lately?
Should I put cheese festivals on my to do list this summer?
Meeting the farmers and producers, getting their story first hand is fodder for writing.
I am considering at least trekking to Vermont for the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival in Shelburne on July 25th.
Vermont is the premium artisanal cheese state with the highest number of cheesemakers per capita: over 40 of them!
Some of the activities offered along the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne Farms Coach Barn:
Some of the Big Cheeses present to enlighten us during the festival are Kate Arding, co-founder of Culture magazine ('the word on cheese'), Marc Druart from the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese and Janet Fletcher, master gardener, food writer and author of a number of books, most recently, Eating Local (Andrews McMeel).
5 options are a southern tour based in Manchester, a central tour focused on the
Brookfield area, an Addison County tour, a Hardwick-area tour, and a
Shelburne-based wine tour.
This all day event includes lunch.