How much cheese can one Madisonian eat? Find out for yourself at the Art of Cheese Festival.
There are a dozen events this weekend to
choose cheese from:
Saturday, Sept. 30
Cheese Fair Off the Square | 100 E. Washington Ave. | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Free
Sample, purchase, and meet the makers of award-winning Wisconsin cheese.
Cheese Boards | Ellsworth Block, 23 N. Pinckney St. | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–3 p.m. | $125
Receive a board to take home and apply your newly learned skills.
Crafting and Cheese | Old Sugar Distillery, 931 E. Main St. | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 1:30–3 p.m. | $100
Wood-burn designs into your custom cheese board.
Affinage | MMoCA, 227 State St. | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 1:30-2:45 p.m. | $75
Learn about rinds, soaking, aging, and other finishing techniques.
Pairing Wine and Cheese | Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. | $85
Be educated by a food author and sommelier, both James Beard Award winners.
Pairing Cocktails and Cheese | Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 1:30-2:45 p.m. | $85
Find out which cheeses pair with your favorite liquor.
Cooking with Cheese | The Deliciouser, 931 E. Main St. | 12-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. | $135 and $165
The Deliciouser owner Patrick O’Halloran, and PBS Wisconsin Foodie host Luke Zahm will give pointers on cooking with cheese.
Pairing Chocolate, Coffee, and Cheese | AC Hotel, 1 N. Webster St. | 1:30-2:45 p.m. | $75
Learn how to incorporate cheese during breakfast and dessert.
Cheese Crawl | Wil-Mar Neighborhood | 3:30-6 p.m. | $85
Stop at Giant Jones, Working Draft, and State Line Distillery for drink and cheese pairings.
An Evening on the Cheese Train | Harvey House, 644 W. Washington Ave. | 8-10 p.m. | $185
A five-course dinner highlighting — you guessed it — Wisconsin cheeses.
Sunday, Oct. 1
Bubbles and Cheese Brunch | Graze, 1 S. Pinckney St. | 9–10:45 a.m. and 12-1:45 p.m. | $95
Chef Tory Miller will prepare a cheese lovers brunch.
Swiss Salutations | Edgewater, 1001 Wisconsin Pl. | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | $65
Cheese-themed yoga on the waterfront followed by coffee, cheese, and pastries.
Fromage your own path
Skip the ticketed events, and opt for a self-guided walking tour instead.
The Art of Cheese Festival recommends the following restaurants and cheese-related offerings:
- The Old Fashioned | Wisconsin fondue
- Graze | Hook’s curds
- Plain Spoke | Brandy Old Fashioned paired with Hill Valley Luna
- Square Wine | Wine parings with Roelli Haus Cheddar or Marieke Mature Gouda
- Cadre | Widmer’s Brick Spread dish
- Fromagination | Free insulated tote bag with a $100 purchase, and a free cheese board with a $200 purchase
- Ian’s | Art of Cheese slice
- Wisconsin Cheese Mart | 10% off any cheddar aged 10+ years