Mark Your Calendar: Green County Cheese Days, REAP Food for Thought Festival

Last night some friends mentioned that Green County Cheese Days were coming up soon. (Thanks, L & J!) I’d heard of it before but so far haven’t yet made the trip to Monroe for the biennial event. The 2012 Cheese Days takes place September 14-16. By all accounts, it’s a popular festival. Attendance is projected to be well over 100,000, and the cheese curd line is notoriously long. Why? As the FAQ (PDF) states, “The line is so long because the cheese curds are SOOO TASTY! It is worth the wait. It is located on the south side of square on the east corner. Please be aware that there is one line to buy tickets, and then you wait in another line to get the curds. If the ticket line looks short, buy tickets ahead of time and use them later.” Our friends agreed that the Cheese Days curds are some of the best they’ve ever had and well worth the wait. Other activities on the schedule include tours of Minhas Craft Brewery (which produces the house beer for The Old Fashioned in downtown Madison), Swiss music, old-world cheese making demonstrations, and—of course—cheese vendors. Check out this article from Barry Adams previewing the 2010 event, then head to the Cheese Days website for all the details.

Closer to home, REAP Food Group will be holding its annual Food for Thought Festival that same weekend, on Saturday, September 15, in downtown Madison (MLK Blvd just off Capitol Square). There’s no keynote speaker scheduled as in past years; instead, the focus is on a mix of demonstrations and short presentations on a wide range of topics. I just sent in my email to volunteer at the festival, so maybe I’ll see you there! Check out the schedule below and head to the REAP website for all the details.

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