Monday, September 16, 2013

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival Adds Butter-Making Station, More Vendors

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 7:04 AM

If you still haven’t purchased tickets for the Southern Artisan Cheese Festival, I’ve got some news to help you get motivated. Since first announced, several cheesemakers and other artisans have been added to the lineup as well as a butter-making (and — tasting) station from Standing Stone Farms.

The artisans added to the lineup include Tennessee’s own Blackberry Farm, which will be showcasing some special sheep’s milk cheeses. I remember Blackberry Farm’s booth from the first festival, and it is not to be missed.

Also new to the lineup are Capriole Goat Cheese from Indiana, Spotted Trotter Charcuterie from Atlanta, and Dozen Bakery from right here in Nashville. Dozen is well known for their sweets, but will be showing off their sourdough for the festival.

In all, there are 22 cheesemakers and 20 other artisans from a total of eight different states, making this the biggest festival yet. Plus there will be wines and craft beers for tasting as well. Tickets for the event (taking place at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 28) are still available online (including VIP tickets), but probably won’t be for long.

Also, chef Tony Galzin has released the details of the “Meet Your Maker” dinner menu:

with seasonal preserves, pickles, breads
Salad of local apples and pears, seasonal greens, pecans, Asher Blue

Maltagliati pasta, pancetta, egg yolk, kale, Calvader Asiago
(Vegetarian version available by request)

Roasted + Smoked
Housemade rosemary-garlic pork sausage
Applewood smoked brisket
Caramelized brussels sprouts with Fortsonia Gruyere
Baked mashed potatoes with Prodigal Farm Chevre

Cheese + Sweets
Selection of southern cheeses, chocolates and sweets

Woodland Wine Merchant pairings included

Dinner is at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at the Neuhoff Building. Tickets for the “Meet Your Maker” dinner are $85 per person and available online only through Wednesday, Sept. 25; tickets to the dinner will not be available at the door.

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