By DRA, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram
RALEIGH – A fun and unique event called “CHEESE PLEASE!” at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will be an interesting opportunity to experience North Carolina’s delicious culinary cheese scene.
On Wednesday, August 1, 2012 from 10 am to 2 pm, at City Plaza on the 400 block of Fayetteville Street, the Market will host this local cheese celebration in conjunction with the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) National Conference.
The event will showcase a wide selection of the area’s finest cheeses and cheese makers, a grilled cheese cook-off featuring downtown Raleigh’s top chefs, local beer and cheese pairings with the North Carolina’s Brewer’s Guild, live music programmed by Hopscotch, local lunch vendors, and lots of fresh produce, meats, and artisan baked goods!
This special gathering of local artisan cheese-makers in one place is a rare occasion that offers shoppers the opportunity to choose from five cheese vendors and over 50 types of cow and goat cheeses, all produced within 80 miles of downtown.
Festival goers will find familiar favorites like cheddar and mozzarella, and they will have the opportunity to expand their palate with new flavors like Spicy Pimento Chevre, Camembert and Gouda. The North Carolina Brewers guild will offer free sample sips of local craft brews perfectly paired with tastes of the guest vendor’s artisan cheeses—a true match of local flavors made in heaven.
Seven of downtown’s chefs will go head to head in a fun-filled grilled cheese cook-off. Pushing the limits of the traditional notion of grilled cheese, they will use unique combinations of breads, cheeses and other ingredients sourced fresh from the market.
Shoppers have a chance to taste their creations and help to crown our people’s choice grilled cheese champs. Tastings will begin at noon; there is a $2 suggested donation for sampling and voting.
North Carolina’s artisan cheese makers will be highlighted at this event for the national audience of cheese aficionados who will be in downtown for the ACS convention. Market goers will have a chance to win tickets to the ACS Annual Festival of Cheese, a public celebration featuring more than 1,600 competition cheeses on display for tasting alongside craft beers, wines and other specialty foods.
While at the market, enjoy a cheese inspired local lunch from our vendors while listening to folk rock band Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, programmed by Hopscotch Music Festival. The band will perform from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. ::
Article Posted: Tuesday, July 24th, 2012.